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Independent School Magazine

 
​Under Pressure

 
​On Money and Mission

Editor's Note

Editor's Note Fall 2012

Michael Brosnan

Michael Brosnan, Independent School magazine's editor, explains why it's necessary to discuss the business of running schools.

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Independent Perspective

Strategic Planning is an Oxymoron

Patrick F. Bassett

NAIS President Pat Bassett explains the difference between strategic planning and strategic thinking and suggests that schools must be in a strategic posture constantly to achieve success.

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The Teaching Life

When Fund-Raising Meets Mission

Suzanne McCanles

An independent school teach discusses how to choose fund-raisers that align with the school's mission.

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Spotlight on Research

Academic Honesty and the Independent School

Rosemary Baggish and Peter Wells

The authors describe a study of independent school students' behaviors related to cheating on exams and other ways they engage in academic dishonesty.

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Independent Reading

Money and the Meaning of Life

Richard Barbieri

The author describes various books on money and mission that relate to the magazine's theme.

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Independent School Parent

Should Parents Get Involved in Educational Reform?

Alden S. Blodget

The author points out that parents are essential partners in schools' reform efforts.

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Online Feature

MBA for the School Leader

Andrew P. Davis

A middle school head details how the economic, statistics, and financial concepts he learned in business school apply to work in independent schools.

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Online Feature

What Just Happened to Me?

Dane Peters

The author describes how adults can do their part to prevent child abuse and help children who have been abused.

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The Ethical School

Correcting Bad Institutional Practices

Paula Mirk

A head of a small K-12 independent school wrestles with how to cope with an ethical problem in the school's long-standing accounting practices.

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Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to articles in the Fall 2012 issue.

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The Reporter: News from the NAIS School Community

NAIS News

New NAIS Trendbook: Can Schools Innovate in Uncertain Times?

Kitty Thuermer

NAIS's new Trendbook 2012-2013 outlines the trends schools need to know to survive and thrive in the coming year.

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NAIS News

Energy builds around Houston hosting the 25th PoCC

Kitty Thuermer

Houston hosts the 25th annual People of Color Conference from Dec. 6-8, 2012.

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NAIS News

Join NAIS’s Trend Talks around the country

Kitty Thuermer

NAIS is hosting talks about the new 2012-2013 Trendbook across the U.S.

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NAIS News

Do mobile devices enhance teaching and learning?

Kitty Thuermer

More and more independent schools are using mobile devices to enhance teaching and learning, according to the NAIS 2012 Mobile Learning Survey Report.

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NAIS News

Growing Chinese participation in Challenge 20/20

Kitty Thuermer

Paul Miller, NAIS's director of global initiatives, met with government and nonprofit officials in China to disucss the Challenge 20/20 program.

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NAIS News

Alfie Kohn to keynote SSS Financial Aid Conference

Kitty Thuermer

Alfie Kohn, dubbed by TIME magazine as "perhaps the country's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades [and] test scores," keynotes the conference, "Connecting Our Community," on November 13-14, 2012.

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NAIS News

News Briefs

Kitty Thuermer

NAIS seeks feedback on new website; NAIS calls for board nominations for 2012-2013; NAIS office earned LEED Gold award.

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School News

Educating for sustainable happiness

Kitty Thuermer

Cushing Academy (MA) hosted a symposium on sustainable happiness, examining the values, cultural connections, technologies, and global partnerships needed to support a modern education.

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NAIS News

Save the Date

The NAIS Annual Conference will be held in Philadelphia from February 27 - March 1, 2013.

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School News

Calling all aspiring school heads

Kitty Thuermer

NAIS is accepting nominations for the next cohort of the NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads.

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School News

Kamehameha pioneers co-principal model

Kitty Thuermer

Kamehameha Schools Maui (Hawaii) has instituted a co-principal model in which one serves grades 11 and 12, and the other serves grades 9 and 10.

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School News

Bookworms vs. one-eyed rats

Kitty Thuermer

Michael Russo, in fifth grade at Cape Henry Collegiate School (Virginia), wrote a book review for his local newspaper.

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Programs

Rethinking the “diverse” curriculum

David Allyn

New Jersey SEEDS, an independent school access program for high-achieving, low-income students, has taken a unique approach to creating a relevant curriculum.

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Programs

Friends Select’s immersion in the non-Western world

Kitty Thuermer

Friends Select School (Pennsylvania) students in grades 9-12 take advantage of a four-year international studies program, and immerse themselves in a study of a non-Western region of the world.

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Programs

Alaska’s Iditarod race spawns the Ikiderod

Kitty Thuermer

To celebrate the Iditarod, kindergarteners in the Pacific Northern Academy — a pre-K to eighth-grade school in Anchorage — conduct their own competition called the Ikiderod.

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Programs

Who counsels the college counselors?

Kitty Thuermer

The Association of College Counselors at Independent Schools (ACCIS) launched a new program last year called the Audit, Review, Consultation (ARC) program.

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Programs

Talking to Trees: How Lowell School combats “nature deficit disorder”

Kitty Thuermer

The audio TreeTALK tour, launched in June 2012, provides a vehicle for third-grade students to share what they’ve learned throughout the year from science and technology research and observational studies of the trees and other plant life on campus.

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Programs

Springside Chestnut Hill launches Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Kitty Thuermer

When Philadelphia’s Springside School merged with Chestnut Hill Academy, the school soon launched the new Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership in March 2012.

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Programs

Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence

Kitty Thuermer

The Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence is dedicated to defining, inspiring, and instructing teaching excellence for students’ futures.

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Honors

Oye Gringa!

Ellie Walton

Ellie Walton, a graduate of the Washington International School, received the 20011 Mayor's Arts Award of D.C. for her filmmaking. This article is an excerpt from her 2012 graduation address at Washington International School.

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Vantage Point

Bring on full-day kindergarten

Charles Laurent

A father and teacher at Rocky Hill School (Rhode Island) shares the anxieties he had about his daughter attending the school's full-day kindergarten and how he came to embrace the full-day model after seeing her progress.

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