The Rise of Experiential Education
Editor's Note Spring 2013
Michael Brosnan explains the value of experiential learning in building creative, caring, capable, and engaged human beings.
Twenty-Five Factors Great Teachers Have in Common
Patrick F. Bassett
NAIS's former president outlines traits of outstanding teachers. These include mentoring kids, advocating for their best interests, and experimenting with new ideas and technologies.
The Teaching Life
Witnessing the World
A teacher describes how his views changed after taking students on a service trip to the Dominican Republic.
Spotlight on Research
When Mission and Market Forces Intersect
Barry Gilmore; Matthew J. Rush
In this article, authors undertook a yearlong study to investigate the impact of the recession on financial processes and operations at independent schools.
Shirts and Skins
Gender inequality is an undeniable reality that punctuates the gender conversation. But this fact is not entirely due to biological difference. The intersection of culture, politics, and biology often decides how we behave.
What Sandy Taught Me
Damian J. Fernandez
The month after Hurricane Sandy offered one head of school a chance to reflect on the role of leadership in times of uncertainty and turmoil. What follows is a set of lessons he and his school learned.
Our Better Angels
It might seem that personal and societal improvement is a mirage, which we have no hope of reaching. Two books, one from the perspective of a psychiatrist and the other from that of a business journalist, tell a different story.
Dump the Annual Fund?
As Soghoian articulates his budgeting process and fiscal management philosophy, he explains how his school's huge debt was turned around through his nontraditional financial management principles.
Independent School Parent
Why Secrets Matter to Children
A certain level of secrecy — joyful secrecy, as opposed to shameful or scared secrecy — is an essential part of growing up. Even in our nervous world, healthy child development still requires it.
The Process of Living
The author describes Greenwich Academy's (Connecticut) endeavors in recent years to make learning experiential for students.
Lighting the Fire
Charles River School (Massachusetts) is a PK–8 school whose elementary program is renowned for thematic curriculum that encourages students “to build their own meaningful connections through active, experiential exploration, and discovery.”
The Ethical School
The Cost of Experiential Learning
Amber M.J. Kruk
As a team considers an individual financial commitment from parents for a student trip to New York City — along with fund-raising by parents, faculty, and students — a teacher on the team feels conflicted about being involved with the project.
NAIS appoints John Chubb as new president
John Chubb will become the next president of NAIS, effective July 1, 2013. He has served as interim CEO of Education Sector, a nonprofit education think tank, since April 2012.
New NAIS books tackle difficult conversations and provide road map for international students
Heralding trends in the independent school world, NAIS has published two new books to be unveiled at the NAIS 2013 Annual Conference bookstore in Philadelphia.
Putting your principles into good practice
NAIS-member schools now have three newly revised and one new set of Principles of Good Practice (PGPs), approved in the fall of 2012 by the NAIS board.
How much financial aid is right for each family?
Mark J. Mitchell
Are you measuring the “right” outcomes of your financial aid policy? Data gathered by SSS By NAIS suggests that it's crucial to define which families are a good fit for your school — and tailor your policy to specific budget dollars.
News Briefs Spring 2013
J. William Towne, author of the critically acclaimed education book, Conversations with America’s Best Teachers, has posted all 18 of the book’s in-depth interviews with National Teacher of the Year winners and finalists online, for free.
Independent Teacher takes on design thinking and silent classrooms
The articles in the Fall 2012 issue span topics and grade levels. Some suggest innovative projects or programs that teachers may find useful in their own classrooms, while others are thoughtful looks at the art of teaching itself.
Taxing issues made clearer for heads
NAIS has posted a helpful guide, A Federal Income Tax Guide for Heads of Independent Schools, to help heads and other school leaders gain a deeper understanding of income tax, benefits, deductions, and other tax issues.
Kingswood Oxford scholarship for military children — unique in the nation
Kingswood Oxford School (Connecticut) has created the Tallwood Warriors Scholarship for military children with the support of an anonymous benefactor who wishes to honor the sacrifices made by U.S. service personnel.
The power of 100 percent participation in fund-raising
Having everyone participate in fund-raising at Tenacre Country Day School (Massachusetts) has created a positive culture in our development efforts: for eight years, we have had 100 percent current parent participation to our annual fund.
Coming to a school near you — Carrotmob, the Curriculum
Prospect Sierra (California) was the first school in the world to initiate a carrotmob in 2010. The middle school students led two campaigns to convince restaurants to divert their compostable waste from the local landfill.
A week without walls
A role-play began the final presentations of The Doane Stuart School’s (New York) 2011 “Week Without Walls” initiative, which transformed the school’s “Humanities Project.”
Colombian schools to host Global Connections in July 2013
The mission of Global Connections — which operates out of The Hotchkiss School (Connecticut) — is to “encourage school leaders worldwide to develop global consciousness and to promote international cooperation in their schools.”
The E.E. Ford Foundation welcomes new executive director
John C. Gulla is the next executive director of the Edward E. Ford Foundation. Gulla, appointed by the foundation board, will begin his tenure on July 1, 2013.
Growing progressive educators
The Progressive Education Lab (PEL), launched with the support of a matching leadership grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation, is the first program of its kind to train future teachers to work in progressive schools.
Saving bookstores from the endangered species list
Unlike school, bookstores have always been sites for unbridled wandering and discovery.
George School garners Grand Gold Award for student publication
George School (Pennsylvania) has won the Grand Gold Award in the “Student Recruitment Publications” category of the 2012 Circle of Excellence Awards, sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).