Editor's Note Fall 2013
Perhaps it's a stretch here to say this, but I will anyway. Teaching is a communal act.
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.
The Teaching Life
Getting Back on the Bus
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.
Spotlight on Research
Leadership Challenges at Public and Independent Schools
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.
The Academic Curriculum Review
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.
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.
When independent schools greet the public, the frontispiece to that introduction is the school's mission statement, a rhetorical nosegay, if you will.
A School-Eye View of Give and Take
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.
The Book(s) of Nature
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.
The Race Conversation
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.
Independent School Parent
The Pollyanna Effect
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.
When It’s Time to Say Goodbye
Debra P. Wilson
NAIS's counsel explains how to remove teachers who are not performing well.
Learning from Difficult Conversations
Read this excerpt from Michael Riera's book, Making the Most of Difficult Conversations.
The Ethical School
A Trustee’s Dilemma
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.
The Reporter: News from the NAIS Community
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New NAIS vice presidents for equity & justice and research
Two recently appointed vice presidents are helping to shape the direction of NAIS's work.
From the board...
The NAIS board of trustees has approved revised Principles of Good Practice for Financial Aid Administration.
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.
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.
Sustainability educators convene at Hotchkiss for environmental summit
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.
Glocal service on three continents: A new model
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The physical and the technological
Instead of offering students explanatory texts, Critical Exploration focuses on selected materials that will engage students in a subject.
People of Color Conference
SSS Financial Aid Conference
NAIS-TABS Legal Symposium
TABS-NAIS Global Symposium
Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads
Institutes & Workshops
Sponsor & Exhibit
Independent Ideas Blog
Independent School Magazine
Independent Teacher Magazine
Assessment of Inclusivity & Multiculturalism
Student Engagement Surveys