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Editor's Note

Editor's Note Fall 2013

Michael Brosnan

Perhaps it's a stretch here to say this, but I will anyway. Teaching is a communal act.

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Independent Perspective

It's About Time

John E. Chubb

Teachers are the most important influence, within the control of schools, on how well students learn. More important than curriculum, class size, testing, and resources of various kinds. The best teachers change students' lives. They motivate and engage.

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The Teaching Life

Getting Back on the Bus

John Becker

Although I'd been legitimately worried about the hit my image would take once my students found out, the decision to ride the bus made sense from every other angle.

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Spotlight on Research

Leadership Challenges at Public and Independent Schools

Amada Torres

The findings of this study pre­sent independent schools with an opportunity to establish some parallels and contrasts with the results of previous NAIS studies on independent schools that are similar to the leadership aspects analyzed by MetLife.

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School Matters

The Academic Curriculum Review

Fred Zilian

How the academic curriculum coheres and how it supports the school's mission statement should be subjects of frequent review, and this imperative should be embedded in the school's strategic plan.

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School Matters

The Difference Matters

Thomas Rodd, Jr.

One gets over feeling peculiar about mission statements. What one also gets used to, as I have found after a number of head of school positions, is that schools live in tension.

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School Matters

The Difference Matters

Thomas Rodd, Jr.

When independent schools greet the public, the frontispiece to that introduction is the school's mission statement, a rhetorical nosegay, if you will.

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School Matters

A School-Eye View of Give and Take

Ari Pinkus

Adam Grant, the bestselling author of "Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success" and an organizational psychologist, describes how his findings can apply to the education sector.

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Independent Reading

The Book(s) of Nature

Richard Barbieri

The authors noted in this column all demonstrate the truth in Stevenson's words: by revealing the variety of nature, they offer us multiple paths to happiness. They are linked because they are both compulsive observers and exceptional reporters.

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About Books

The Race Conversation

Jon McGill

One might suppose that, given the central role of race in the development of the United States, high school courses on the subject of race and racism would proliferate, if not be mandated, across the country.

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Independent School Parent

The Pollyanna Effect

Pamela Brown

In independent schools, parents of color tend to do fine with the spoken truths. But the Pollyanna Effect — the tendency for schools to wrap their messages so nicely that you don't hear their actual concerns — throws many parents of color for a loop.

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Online Feature

When It’s Time to Say Goodbye

Debra P. Wilson

NAIS's counsel explains how to remove teachers who are not performing well.

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Online Feature

Learning from Difficult Conversations

Michael Riera

Read this excerpt from Michael Riera's book, Making the Most of Difficult Conversations.

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The Ethical School

A Trustee’s Dilemma

Paula Mirk

Read about this "right vs. right" ethical dilemma one trustee confronted. The dilemma is real, but names and details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals and organizations.

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The Reporter: News from the NAIS Community

NAIS News

Public purpose at independent schools

To better understand how independent schools have been working with their communities, NAIS surveyed member schools. The results are highlighted in the 2013 NAIS Study on Public Purpose at Independent Schools.

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NAIS News

On the road, Chubb finds distinctive schools unified by purpose

During the spring leading up to his July 1 appointment, NAIS President John Chubb connected with school leaders and visited schools around the country. He shared what he learned during his travels.

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NAIS News

Heads and boards working together

Given the increasing complexity of the challenges facing all independent schools — from access and affordability to evolving notions of quality education to faculty support — heads and trustees must work together as partners now more than ever.

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NAIS News

Families First Program

Laurie Lewis and Gail Follett-Suitor

In response to first families' need for practical information as well as social and emotional support, Barbara Bassett, wife of former NAIS President Pat Bassett, established the Families First Program.

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NAIS News

New NAIS Trendbook highlights challenges and opportunities in 2013-14

The recently published 2013-14 NAIS Trendbook covers key national and educational issues that highlight challenges and offer opportunities for independent schools.

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NAIS News

Washington, DC's National Harbor to host PoCC

NPR's Michel Martin and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Diaz are among the headliners at the NAIS People of Color Conference, December 5-7, 2013, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, in National Harbor, MD.

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NAIS News

New NAIS vice presidents for equity & justice and research

Two recently appointed vice presidents are helping to shape the direction of NAIS's work.

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NAIS News

From the board...

The NAIS board of trustees has approved revised Principles of Good Practice for Financial Aid Administration.

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NAIS News

New board members for NAIS, SSS

John DeGioia, president of Georgetown University, and Siri Akal Khalsa, president of Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School (Massachusetts), were elected to the NAIS board of trustees this past spring.

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School News

Giving voice to the voiceless

Eighth graders at The Summit Country Day School (Ohio) gave voice to 57 people whose lives were made harder by acts of injustice.

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School News

Sustainability educators convene at Hotchkiss for environmental summit

Ari Pinkus

What's happening in sustainability education and where is the field headed next? Some 60 educators considered these questions at an environmental sustainability summit at The Hotchkiss School (Connecticut) this past summer.

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Programs

Glocal service on three continents: A new model

Chris Harth

By living, learning, and working together, students on both sides of the Atlantic could develop deeper self-awareness and stronger self-confidence as they simultaneously develop a greater understanding of the world and their roles in it.

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Programs

When rival schools collaborate

Can a rivalry morph into collaboration? The development offices at neighboring Atlanta independent schools — The Lovett School and The Westminster Schools — found a way.

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Programs

In Miami, Dade Christian School prepares for hurricanes

During hurricane season last October, 70 students were trained in full-blown emergency preparedness through a school-based multidisciplinary science and social studies education program.

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Honors

Edmund Burke School soccer star plays in under-20 World Cup

When The Washington Post profiled Edmund Burke School (Washington, DC) soccer star Romy Hernandez in May, one NAIS staffer took particular pride in the story.

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Honors

Iolani Raiders take top honors in National Economics Challenge

While athletic competitions traditionally generate excitement in high schools across America, four seniors from the Iolani School (Hawaii) proved that there can be winners in every field — including economics.

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Vantage Point

The physical and the technological

Thomas Neville

Instead of offering students explanatory texts, Critical Exploration focuses on selected materials that will engage students in a subject.

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