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By: Christina Mimms
Published: May 2017, Vol. 2

The 4 Pillars of a Positive Staff Culture

Chris Wejr, principal at James Hill Elementary School in Langley, BC, commits to uplifting changes.

Using Design Thinking to Solve Problems

Connie White, director of learning design & innovation at Woodward Academy in College Park, GA, enables problem-solvers.

How Coffee Can Change the World

Karl Steinkamp, head of Dalat International School in Malaysia, writes about giving ideas some space.

Arts Education Teaches Important Life Skills

Laurie Wolke, head of Laurence School in Valley Glen, CA, advocates for an arts curriculum.

 


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By: Christina Mimms
Published: May 2017, Vol. 1

When "Me-First" is a Good Thing

Tim Tinnesz, head of St. Timothy’s School in Raleigh, NC, writes about blame vs. responsibility.

When Does a Retreat Help Your School Advance?

Jeffrey Shields, president and CEO of NBOA, recommends an off-site gathering for leaders.

I’m Not Texting. I’m Taking Notes.

Student author Jonah Stillman uses his devices for good.

Keeping the Bedtime Story Alive

Jennifer Knauss-Hauck, 1st grade teacher at Montgomery School in Chester Springs, PA, advocates reading to kids from day one.

 


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By: Christina Mimms
Published: April 2017, Vol. 2

March Madness

Margaret Moore, head of St. Michael’s School in Tucson, AZ, shares lessons learned from sports.

To Be Known

Christy Johnson, director of communications at the Covenant School in Nashville, TN, writes about the gift of a small community.

Lost in Translation: When Lesson Plans Go Wrong

Educational blogger Tamra Dollar reflects on a fiasco with Flat Stanley.

Helping Students Develop Creative Fluency

Professor and author John Spencer shows some respect for the creative process.

 


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By: Christina Mimms
Published: April 2017, Vol. 1

Toda Rabah.

Rabbi Ari Leubitz, head of Atlanta Jewish Academy, shows some teacher appreciation.

What is Improvement?

Jill Cross, director of teaching and learning at Maclay School in Tallahassee, FL, ponders “improvement.”

The Importance of Field Trips

Erik Kreutner, head of Mason Preparatory School in Charleston, SC, writes about the benefits of taking students on a journey.

Your School’s Digital Magazine: More Than Just a PDF

Caitlin Garzi, associate director of digital marketing and communications at Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, CT, shares ideas for online publications.

 


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By: Christina Mimms
Published: March 2017, Vol. 2

Free Your Mind: Educational Agility in a Modern World

Jacqueline Westerfield, head of Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton, FL, looks at a world filled with constant change.

“The Voice in Our Child’s Head”

Doug Norry, head of Triangle Day School in Durham, NC, writes about parental influence.

Contracting a Creed

Kate Burton, 6th grade science teacher at Trinity School in Atlanta, sets a directive for her classroom.

Why did you go to the NAIS Annual Conference?

Dr. Margo Isabel, head of lower school at Wakefield School in The Plains, VA, reflects on the NAIS Annual Conference.

 


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By: Christina Mimms
Published: March 2017, Vol. 1

What is Your Kuleana?

The Rev. Daniel L. Leatherman, chaplain at ‘Iolani School in Honolulu, HI, shares thoughts about active responsibility.

6 Mistakes Parents Make Talking To Their Kids And How To Fix Them

Writer Michael Q. Bullerdick reviews “Parent Speak.”

Innovation Dilemma

Mark Crotty, head of St. John’s Episcopal School in Dallas, ponders the true meaning of innovation.

What Student-Driven Learning Actually Looks Like

Education consultant Janelle McLaughlin writes about strengthening the classroom.

 


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By: Christina Mimms
Published: February 2017, Vol. 2

You Don’t Need a Cape to Be a Hero

Liz Maginnis, middle school teacher at Montgomery School in Chester Springs, PA, writes about the importance of character education.

How Do We Start This Conversation?

Jerry Beckman, associate head of school for academic affairs at The Randolph School in Huntsville, AL, writes about the responsive classroom.

Student Broadcasting: A Path to Leadership, Teamwork, and Digital Literacy

Patti Weiss, ed tech coordinator at The Fletcher School in Charlotte, NC, shares positive points about a student broadcast program.

We Need Black History Month

Sean Corcoran, head of Brainerd Baptist School in Chattanooga, TN, writes in support of diversity education.

 


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By: Christina Mimms
Published: February 2017, Vol. 1

"Dr. Rankin, Did You Have Fun Playing in the Snow?"

Dr. Richard Rankin, head of Gaston Day School in Gastonia, NC, takes a little time out.

New Year’s Resolutions: Will you make the cut?

Dr. Jack Talmadge, head of Episcopal School of Knoxville, TN, writes about renewal.

Developing a Process to Improve

Philip Cummings, teacher at Presbyterian Day School in Memphis, TN, goes for more than a goal.

'90s Playlist

Dr. Randy Watts, head of Brookwood School in Thomasville, GA, reflects on Gen X-ers who are school parents today.

 


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By: Christina Mimms
Published: January 2017, Vol. 2

Where Do Introverts Fit Into Group Work?

David Cutler, teacher at Brimmer and May School in Chestnut Hill, MA, encourages introverts to collaborate.

Seven New Year’s Resolutions for Youth Sports Parents

Jay Watts, assistant athletic director at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, offers solid advice.

“I Don’t Need Help.”

Matthew Arend, principal at Sigler Elementary in Plano, TX, writes about building empathy among students.

2017 Reading Resolutions

Martha Guarisco, teacher at Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, LA, takes on the Reading Without Walls challenge.

 


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By: Christina Mimms
Published: January 2017, Vol. 1

War on Information

Dave Michelman, head of the Duke School in Durham, NC, cautions educators.

Independent Schools: What Does Proximity to Injustice Mean to You?

Allen Broyles, assistant head of The Children’s School in Atlanta, shares insights from the NAIS People of Color Conference.

The Parent-Teacher Conference Dance

Jill Singleton, head of All Saints Episcopal Day School in Hoboken, NJ, offers advice for conference days.

Five Things Teachers Are Ready to Ditch in 2017

Professor and author John Spencer looks to the future.

 


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By: Christina Mimms
Published: December 2016, Vol. 2

Storytelling

Michael Ehrhardt, head and “chief storyteller” of Cary Academy in Cary, NC, writes about the challenges of speech-writing.  

How Can I Help My Child’s Grandparents Understand Dyslexia? 

Peggy Hendrix, Director of Admission at The Schenck School in Atlanta, offers advice for sharing a difficult diagnosis.

We Have Already Grown

Pernille Ripp, 7th grade teacher at Oregon Middle School in Oregon, WI, reflects on the importance of independent reading.

Developing Student Passion for STEM

Connie White, director of learning design & innovation at Woodward Academy in College Park, GA, focuses on all things STEM.

 


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By: Christina Mimms
Published: December 2016, Vol. 1

My Day with Sesame Street Writers

Nishant Mehta, head of The Children’s School in Atlanta, offers his expertise to Elmo and friends.

Leadership Reminders From a Torn Achilles

Mark Crotty, head of St. John’s Episcopal School in Dallas, shares lessons he’s learned post-injury.

Boards Behaving Badly

Veteran educator Tom Olverson suggests do’s and don’ts for trustees.

Rediscovering the Value of Dissension

Jay Watts, assistant director of athletics at The Westminster Schools of Atlanta, considers opposing points of view.

 


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By: Christina Mimms
Published: November 2016, Vol. 2

Digging Deeply into ‘Portrait of a Teacher’

Grant Lichtman ponders what makes a great teacher.

5 Ways to Teach Students to Think for Themselves

Former teacher Christina Lovdal Gil offers good advice.

Two, Five, Ten Approach Revisited

J. Ross Peters, head of St. George's Independent School in Memphis, TN, writes about change management.

 


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By: Christina Mimms
Published: November 2016, Vol. 1

The social skills of school

Vanessa Robinson, K-8 counselor at The Randolph School in Huntsville, AL, shares ways for schools to help young children.

The Light of Learning

Consultant Janelle McLaughlin writes about the importance of modeling behavior.

Make Deep Work Your Superpower

Dr. Colleen Worrell, director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA, encourages focus without distractions.

7 Steps to Help Students Succeed on Assessments

Heather Wolpert-Gawron, language arts teacher and author in San Gabriel, CA, offers some new habits for students.

 


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By: Christina Mimms
Published: October 2016, Vol. 2

An Open Letter to Millennials

Veteran educator Angela Maiers praises an oft-criticized group.

Patting the Bulldog

Toy Savage, teacher and historian at Norfolk Academy in Norfolk, VA, observes a student come full circle.

Taking Advantage of a Blank Slate

Education consultant George Couros muses on the opportunity presented by a change.

In Kigali, Rwanda

Sarah Dawe, 1st grade teacher at Brookwood School in Manchester, MA, is spending two weeks in Rwanda an Exchange Educator. Check out her blog posts here.

 


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By: Christina Mimms
Published: October 2016, Vol. 1

Backing into Empathy

Maryellen Berry, upper elementary division head at Trinity School in Atlanta, channels experience into empathy.

Inspiration Commons

Gregory Schneider, head of Berwick Academy in South Berwick, ME, shares his thoughts about the school’s new Inspiration Commons.

Best Possible Selves

Dr. Steven Tobolsky, head of The Chestnut Hill School in Chestnut, MA, writes about the school’s theme for the year.

Popular vs. Effective

Author Eric Sheninger encourages true school leadership.

 


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By: Christina Mimms
Published: September 2016, Vol. 2

Innovative Parenting

Dave Michelman, head of the Duke School in Durham, NC, writes about passion and purpose.

On Guardian Angels, Friends, and Enemies

Mark Crotty, head of St. John’s Episcopal School in Dallas, shares thoughts about relationships among leaders.

Stay on Target #EdChat #StarWarsEdu

Blogger and teacher Nicholas Provenzano lets go of technology.

Is Meditation the Game Changer Teachers Have Been Looking For?

Emily Riley, blogger and Spanish teacher at Brashear High School in Pittsburgh, encourages teachers to meditate.

 


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By: Christina Mimms
Published: September 2016, Vol. 1

#ThinkPossible: Curbing the Fear of Failure

David Cutler, journalism and history teacher at Brimmer and May School in Chesnut Hill, MA, eases his students’ angst.

Dyslexia … it isn’t just for kids!

Peggy Hendrix, director of admission at The Schenck School in Atlanta, writes about adult dyslexia.

Teaching American History Amidst the 2016 Presidential Election

Donna Lamberti, upper school history teacher at UMS-Wright Preparatory School in Mobile, AL, offers advice for a tough year.

Supporting Participation in a Democracy

High Meadows School’s Kate McElvaney shares a unique tradition for the start of school.

 


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By: Christina Mimms
Published: August 2016, Vol. 2

Lead.

Dr. Randy Watts, head of Brookwood School in Thomasville, GA, writes about the true nature of leadership.

6 Ways to Build a Stronger Parent-Teacher Team

Kathleen Brewer, 5th grade teacher and parent at Randolph School in Huntsville, AL, offers good advice.

An Ask for Civility

J. Ross Peters, head of St. George’s Independent School in Germantown, TN, issues a challenge to students for the new school year.

Dear Prek and Kindergarten Moms

The Covenant School in Nashville, TN, helps parents let go a little.

 


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By: Christina Mimms
Published: August 2016, Vol. 1

The Path Back to Reflection

Drew Frank,associate head of school and principal at The Davis Academy in Atlanta, asks ‘Why blog?’

Summer Reflections: Shark Week, Jaws and Learning in Infested Waters

How does the movie ‘Jaws’ relate to teaching? Mike Zavada, middle and upper school principal at Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery, AL, tells us.

College Choices Revisit

Connie White, Director of Learning Design & Innovation at Woodward Academy College Park, GA, writes about the anxiety associated with college applications.

 


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By: Christina Mimms
Published: May 2016, Vol. 2

Think Kids Aren’t Capable? Think Again

Jay Underwood, head of High Meadows School in Roswell, GA, gives credit where credit is due.

Why Aren't Students Allowed to Blog?

Author Peter DeWitt finds a place for blogging in the classroom.

Warming Your Website Welcome Letter

Consultants at Crane MetaMarketing share tips for adding some wow to your welcome.

What’s in a Name?

Educational blogger Tamra Dollar reflects on a teacher’s error and the importance of a child’s name.  



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By: Christina Mimms
Published: May 2016, Vol. 1

Reflection: 7 Questions to End Your Week

Bo Adams, chief learning and innovation officer at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta, experiments with his experience.

Designed to Stick

Patricia Kuhn, dean of student research and library resources at The Randolph School in Huntsville, AL, discusses memorable projects that help students learn.

Beware the Simple Solution

Chris Kennedy, superintendent of schools/CEO with the West Vancouver School District in West Vancouver, BC, cautions others about rushing into new programs.

Is Homework Good or Bad?

Educational consultant Janelle McLaughlin tackles a common question.  



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By: Christina Mimms
Published: April 2016, Vol. 2

Philosophical Differences on Parenting

Sean Corcoran, head of Brainerd Baptist School in Chattanooga, TN, advocates “keeping it simple.”

19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

Edutopia’s Assistant Editor Todd Finley provides teachers with some good advice.

How to Read (and Enjoy) More Books

Dave Stuart Jr., teacher at Cedar Springs High School in Cedar Springs, MI, rekindles the joy of reading.

It's Complicated

Michael Ehrhardt, head of Cary Academy in Cary, NC, writes about managing kids and technology.  



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By: Christina Mimms
Published: April 2016, Vol. 1

Equipping Our Schools to Engage the Community Around Us

Christine Swanson, principal of Edison Elementary, in Westland, MI, gets parents on board with school life.

The Hunt for Authenticity: A Comparison of our 8th Graders and Presidential Politics

Michael Zavada, middle and upper school principal at Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery, AL, leads students on more than a vacation in Washington, DC.

Strategies for Reaching Quiet, Disengaged, Struggling, and Troublemaking Students

David Cutler, journalism and history teacher at Brimmer and May School in Chesnut Hill, MA, shares tips for teachers.

“The Shadow Knows”… A Day in the Life of a Student

Arnie Bieber, director of the International School of Prague, Czech Republic, takes a walk in a student’s shoes.



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By: Christina Mimms
Published: March 2016, Vol. 3

Tips to Conquer the Big Bad Wolf of Imposter Syndrome

Educator Megan Allen battles teacher insecurities.

What Does Play Have to Do with Learning?

Tim Elmore, president of Growing Leaders, advocates playful learning for young students.

The Importance of Learning Languages

Connie White, director of learning design & innovation at Woodward Academy in Atlanta, writes about connecting on a global level.

Breaking Barriers

Zac Leonard, teacher and co-moderator of #EdTechAfterDark, shares ideas for opening doors to learning.



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By: Christina Mimms
Published: March 2016, Vol. 2

Sticking and Sticky Points After #NAISAC 2016

Mark Crotty, head of St. John’s Episcopal School in Dallas, shares a recap of the 2016 NAIS Conference.

5 Things I Learned From Dr. Biddlecombe

Ben Tieslau, middle school choral director at the Randolph School in Huntsville, AL, shares powerful lessons from his college professor.

Incorporating Student Voices with Participatory Design

Lisa Nielsen, director of digital engagement and professional learning at the New York City Department of Education, writes about the need to include students.

We Need to Put a Woman On the Moon

Author Tom Whitby encourages women in STEM.



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By: Christina Mimms
Published: March 2016, Vol. 1

FutureWork

Michael Ehrhardt, head of Cary Academy in Cary, NC, encourages continual momentum.

Editing: A Lenten Practice

English teacher Leah Slawson at Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery, AL, ponders the power of editing.

What My Parents Taught Me About Leadership

Eric Sheninger, a senior fellow with the International Center for Leadership in Education, shares wisdom from mom and dad.

Leadership: A Balancing Act

Education blogger Jennifer Hogan offers advice for school administrators.



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By: Christina Mimms
Published: February 2016, Vol. 2

Are You Focused on the Center Ring or Side Show?

Payton Hobbs, head of Ravenscroft’s lower school, Raleigh, NC, offers suggestions to avoid the “circus.”  

Redefining Rigor

Jay Underwood, head of High Meadows School, Roswell, GA, ponders a more meaningful definition of rigor.

The Teacher Platter

George Couros, division principal for Parkland School Division, Stony Plain, Alberta, discusses teachers’ overfilled schedules.

Collective Journey

Craig Vroom, principal at Hilliard Weaver Middle School, Hilliard, OH, writes about the road to success.



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By: Christina Mimms
Published: February 2016, Vol. 1

My Child is Empathetic...

Peggy Hendrix, director of admission at the Schenck School, Atlanta, writes about the social and emotional qualities of dyslexic students.

Why The Best Lesson I Can Teach My Kids Is To Not Fit In

Blogger Zach Brown writes about daring to be different.

Is Your School Doing Enough?

Experts weigh in on the role of schools in parent engagement.

Top 100 Education Blogs for Educators and Teachers

A list of helpful blogs for educators


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By: Christina Mimms
Published: January 2016, Vol. 2

The Ugly Baby Meets Epiphany

Ross Peters, head of St. George’s Independent School, Germantown, TN, reflects on a Seinfeldian moment of Epiphany.

Raising Wildflowers

Marion Knoll, director of middle school St. Andrew's-Sewanee School, Sewanee, TN, writes about letting young people blossom.

Leverage the “Fresh Start Effect” to Generate Motivation

Don’t give up on those resolutions just yet … author/blogger Annie Murphy Paul offers sage advice.

Another Visit With an Old Friend

Toy Savage, teacher and historian at Norfolk Academy, Norfolk, VA, takes a look at the honor system.


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By: Christina Mimms
Published: January 2016, Vol. 1

Following a Shared Vision Does NOT Mean We Share Compass Headings

Consultant Grant Lichtman writes about finding a school’s collective North Star.

Imprints on Hearts and Minds

Maryellen Berry, upper elementary division head at Trinity School in Atlanta, GA, ponders the legacy of teachers.

Schools Without Playgrounds

Educational blogger Dawn Braa examines the importance of recess.

One Word 2016 #Yes

Kimberly Hurd Horst, 5th grade teacher at Cambridge-Isanti Schools in Cambridge, MN, offers inspiration for the new year.



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By: Christina Mimms
Published: December 2015, Vol. 2

Every Lap Counts

Justin Cahill, PE teacher at Trinity School in Atlanta, finds new ways to inspire kids and keep kids in motion.

4 Ways to Handle Stress Heading into Exams

Mike Zavada, middle and upper school principal at Trinity Presbyterian in Montgomery, AL, offers survival tips for the season.

What Makes a Great Independent School Teacher

NAIS and Independent School magazine share some recent research on this subject.

Student writing in science

Should science notebooks and lab reports be graded for grammar and spelling? The National Science Teachers Association weighs in.



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By: Christina Mimms
Published: December 2015, Vol. 1

A Sense of Belonging

Amy Wasser, head of Hillel Academy in Tampa, FL, extends a personal touch to each student.

Make a Makerspace?

St. John’s Episcopal School in Dallas Head Mark Crotty debates the pros and cons of a makerspace classroom.

Campfire, Watering Hole, Cave and Life: A Metaphor for Learning

Michael Ebeling, head of Summit School in Winston-Salem, NC, ponders the power of a metaphor in relation to the school day.

Children Don't Change but Education MUST!

At Poughkeepsie Day School in Poughkeepsie, NY, sixth grade humanities teacher Shirley Rinaldi looks at the changing world surrounding her students today.



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By: Christina Mimms
Published: November 2015, Vol. 2

The Power of Full Feedback

Annie Murphy Paul writes about how to engage students with various types of feedback.

Trusting in the Gifts of the Present

The Rev. Peter M. Carey, chaplain at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, FL, encourages students to slow down and enjoy the here and now.

Teaching as a Second Career: Getting the Job

Jennifer Gonzalez shares insights about entering the teaching profession later in life.

I'm "just" a teacher

Educational consultant Janelle McLaughlin writes about a teacher’s true impact.



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By: Christina Mimms
Published: November 2015, Vol. 1

Practice makes Progress, not Perfect

Jess Hill, director of the upper school at Harpeth Hall (Nashville, TN), writes about the growing epidemic of perfectionism.

Why Do You Get Up in the Morning?

Jeff Sandefer, co-founder of Acton Academy (Austin, TX), offers motivation to young learners.

Redefining Educational Success: Board the Correct Train, Clear the Tracks or, better yet… Blaze a Trail

Jackie Westerfield, head of Grandview Preparatory School (Boca Raton, FL) points us toward success.

How We Spend Our Days

Byron Hulsey, head of Woodberry Forest School, writes about the calendar-driven pace of school life.



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By: Christina Mimms

Published: October 2015, Vol. 2

“¿Y tu?”

Hugh McIntosh, head of Episcopal School of Baton Rouge (LA), reflects on the words of Pope Francis and how they apply in school life..

My House aka My Classroom

Kevin Cullen, a teacher and coach at Black River Middle School in Chester, NJ, writes about sharing space with students.

One Marine Commander’s Insights on Leadership: Implications for School Leaders

Monie Hardwick, a partner with Greenwich Leadership Partners, talks with U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Brian Foster.

Helping with Math Homework (when you don’t understand)

Presbyterian Day School (Memphis, TN) teacher Philip Cummings offers a parachute for parents overseeing their children’s homework.

Recent blogs on choice and achievement from Dr. Jay Greene of University of Arkansas



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By: Christina Mimms
Published: October 2015, Vol. 1

Welcome to the Responsive Classroom

Randolph School (Huntsville, AL) teachers Henri Helstowski and Nichole Knapp take us inside a new classroom approach.

What Jody Knew

Jay Underwood, head of High Meadows School in Roswell, GA, reflects on the wisdom of the school’s co-founder.

Three Mentoring Mistakes (from someone who knows)

Amber Chandler, English language arts teacher at Frontier Middle School in Hamburg, NY, shares three mistakes you don’t want to make as a mentor.

Challenges of communicating with students in ever-changing social media landscape

Hannah Little, library director at The Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN, writes about the ever-changing landscape of social media high schoolers use.



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By: Christina Mimms
Published: September 2015, Vol. 2

Where did my happy child go?

Peggy Hendrix, Director of Admission at The Schenck School in Atlanta, tells the story about her son’s diagnosis with dyslexia.

Rites of passage

Remember Middle School dances? Read about this and the importance of traditions from Sarah Barton Thomas, Middle School Director at The Montgomery Academy in Montgomery, AL.

When 2 + 2 = Trouble!

Sean Corcoran, Head of School at Brainerd Baptist School in Chattanooga, TN, gives advice about managing kids’ apps.

Back to School … like a Pirate!

Beth Houf, Principal of Fulton Middle School in Fulton, MO, offers inspiration to start off the school year with a bang.

 


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By: Christina Mimms

Published: September 2015, Vol. 1 

Read to those Kids!

Steven Jackson, Head of School at Sumner Academy in Galatin, Tenn., writes about the importance of reading to children.

Own your learning

Michael Ehrhardt, Head of School at Cary Academy in Cary, N.C., muses on the death of LOL, the rise of the emoji and other thoughts for the start of the new school year. 

Rules of thumb for school leaders

Ann Klotz, Head of School at Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, shares leadership tips based on her 30 years of experience.

 To be a robot, or not to be a robot, that is the question

James Rainey, Head of School at Randolph School in Huntsville, Ala., discusses “technological unemployment.”

 


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By: Sarah Stewart 

Published: May 2015, Vol. 2

A Full Life 

Ian Craig, head of Harding Academy in Nashville, TN, shares how seeing the best in others and cherishing each day can lead to a fulfilling life.  

Teachers Who Change Schools 

Jill Gough, director of teaching and learning at Trinity School in Atlanta, GA, shares how teachers and schools can break familiar constraints to affect change.  

Future Classroom

Gil Perl, head of Margolin Hebrew Academy in Memphis, TN, shares an infographic outlining the future of Judaic studies in the classroom. 

Teaching With Infographics 

Jennifer Carey, director of educational technology at Ransom Everglades School in Miami, FL, shares tips for using infographics in the classroom. 

Five Tips for Summer  

Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, FL, shares five ways students and teachers can make the most of the summer. 


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By: Sarah Stewart 

Published: May 2015, Vol. 1

Study Smart

Jackie Westerfield, Head of Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton, FL, shares some science-based tips on the best ways for students to study.

Why We Hold the Line

Byron Hulsey, Head of Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, VA, discusses the difficult but necessary realities of maintaining a school’s high standards of conduct.

A Letter of Appreciation

The Cannon School in Concord, NC, shares a powerful letter of appreciation to teachers for the important work they do.

Middle School Lessons

Polly Robb, Middle School Head at Randolph School in Huntsville, AL, shares the top nine insights her middle school teachers want parents to know about their children’s development.

Cherishing Sister Schools

Keith Evans, Head of The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, GA, shares highlights from a visit to a sister school, Mount Kenya Academy, in Nyeri, Kenya.


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By: Sarah Stewart 

Published: April 2015, Vol. 3

Mental Health Matters

Fort Bend Christian Academy, in Houston, Texas, shares an article from a former student with advice on how to help and support students suffering from eating disorders.

The Price of Cheating

Donna Siebenthaler Lamberti, AP History Teacher at UMS-Wright Preparatory School in Mobile, AL, discusses the high price of cheating and how teachers can approach dealing with it in their classroom.

The Myth of First Choice

Glyn Cowlishaw, Head of Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC, encourages students and parents to take a realistic and healthy approach to the college admissions process. 

The Power of Personal Stories

Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville, SC, shares the creative way its 8th grade students studied the American Civil Rights Movement by interviewing people who lived through it.


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By: Sarah Stewart

Published: April 2015, Vol. 2

Loving Learning

Grant Litchman, speaker, consultant, and author, reviews Loving Learning: How Progressive Education Can Save America’s Schools by Tom Little and Katherine Ellison.

An Equal Opportunity

Stan Beiner, Head of The Epstein School in Atlanta, GA, discusses the importance of standing against against social injustice and inequality.

A Calm in the Storm

Michael Ehrhardt, Head of Cary Academy in Cary, NC, gives advice to parents and students about how to weather the madness of college admissions.

Why We Say the Wrong Thing

Annie Murphy Paul, author, speaker, and blogger, discusses why we fall into saying or doing the wrong thing at the wrong time.


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By: Sarah Stewart

Published: April 2015, Vol. 1 

Responding to the Common Core

Scott Phillipps, Head of Houston Academy in Dothan, AL, shares a stirring commentary regarding the impact of the Common Core standards.   

A Poet’s Perspective

Hannah Bonner, humanities teacher at Asheville School in Asheville, NC, shares her students’ responses after working with visiting scholar Alan Shapiro, a National Book Award finalist, poet, and professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Life Lessons From a Homeless Vet

Al Shorey, Math Teacher at Darlington School in Rome, GA, shares how an encounter with a homeless veteran reminded him of the importance of resilience and persistence in life.  

Valuing Independence

Adam Moore, Head of Woodland Presbyterian School in Memphis, TN, reflects on the value of independence in making decisions about what is best for the school’s teachers and students.


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By: Sarah Stewart

Published: March 2015, Vol. 2 

The Greatest Job

Tommy Hudgins, Head of Carlisle School in Martinsville and Dansville, VA, reflects on a recent USA Today story citing school principal as one of the ten happiest jobs in the country. 

Understanding Peer Pressure

Jessie Hill, Director of Upper School at Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, TN, reflects on the upsetting acts of racism at the University of Oklahoma and the dangers of peer influence among young adults.

Cultivating 21st Century Skills

Geoff Richman, Director of the Academic Resource Center at The Lovett School in Atlanta, GA, discusses how its Global Online Academy encourages students’ collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication skills. 

Identity Day in the Lower School

Payton Hobbs, Head of Lower School at Ravenscroft School in Durham, NC, blogs about the school’s first Identity Day, an event established in the lower school to promote inclusion and diversity.  

 


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By: Sarah Stewart

Published: March 2015, Vol. 1 

The Role of Leadership

Derrick Willard, Assistant Head for Academic Affairs at Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC, reflects on the recent NAIS conference and the important role of leadership in the future of schools.

Connecting Through Content

Kelly LaBoe, Director of Enrollment Management Services at Ian Symmonds & Associates, discusses the power of content marketing in the independent school market. 

Procrastinate on Purpose

Brett Jacobsen, Head of Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta, GA, shares a podcast/interview with Rory Vaden, author of Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time.

Inspiring Engagement

Eduardo Xavier Garcia, communications and marketing director for Colegio Americano in Porta Vallarta, Mexico, shares how a recent visit from a prominent biologist inspired its fourth graders.


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By: Sarah Stewart
Published: February 2015, Vol. 2

Ungoverned Spaces

Keith Evans, Head of The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, GA, reflects on the role of change in modern society and offers advice on how to process it.  

Staying #DAStrong

Michael Ulku-Steiner, Head of Durham Academy in Durham, NC, highlights two teachers’ inspiring service in the face of a recent tragedy at their school, as well as a beautiful and heartfelt quilt made for one of the students still in recovery.

Empowering Mobile Learning Environments

Jennifer Carey, Director of Educational Technology at Ransom Everglades School in Miami, FL, offers numerous ways administrators can empower their faculty in a mobile learning environment.

Failing Forward

Vicki Davis, aka Cool Cat Teacher, speaker, and blogger, reflects on a recent setback, and how we must view our failures as part of growth. 


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By: Sarah Stewart
Published: February 2015, Vol. 1

Comedy as Teacher

Varghese Alexander, a teacher and the Director of Academic Technology at Asheville School in Asheville, NC, shares how a recent speaker and comedian helped the school unpack issues related to race and diversity. 

A Trip to Jacob's Ladder

Sarah Stewart, Content and Member Engagement Manager for SAIS, reflects on a day spent volunteering at Jacob’s Ladder Neurodevelopmental School and Therapy Center in Roswell, GA.

E-nabling the Future

Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melboure, FL, describes how its students’ are using their 3D printers to participate in the charity E-nabling the Future, which creates prosthetic limbs for children in need.

Songs You Never Asked For

Rebecca Moore, Communication Director at Randolph School in Huntsville, AL, reflects on the differences and similarities in civil protest during the 1960s versus today. 


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By: Sarah Stewart
Published: January 2015, Vol. 2

Dr. John Davies, Head of Miami Country Day School in Miami, FL, discusses the role of the arts in academic achievement and cognitive development.

Wishes for 2015 

Weldon Bradshaw, English teacher and administrator at Collegiate School in Richmond, VA, shares his hopes for his students in 2015.

A Classical Education

Dr. Eric Howard, a member of the Board of Trustees at Hill Country Christian School in Austin, Texas, discusses what a classical education is and is not, and the importance of the school making the distinction.

Reflecting on Charlie Hebdo

Bill Brown, English teacher at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta, GA, reflects on the tragic terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France. 


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By: Sarah Stewart
Published: January 2015, Vol. 1

Your Brain on Facebook 

Keith Evans, Head of The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia, shares how neuroscience is shedding light on the way we process events and make decisions, in a manner that is at times contrary to logic.

Helping Students Overcome Gender Traps

Michael Zavada, Upper School Principal at Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery AL, discusses how educators can help girls practice their negotiating skills, and better respond to boys’ natural assertiveness in the classroom setting.

Swimming Upstream

William Taylor, Head of St. George’s Independent School in Germantown, TN, discusses his reaction to a recent commercial, and how parents and educators should help students discern negative messages in the media.

Christmas: The Sacred and The Profane 

James Rainey, Head of Randolph School in Huntsville, AL, frames Christmas in a discussion of the sacred and the profane, and how its popularity is tied to our desire to return to and honor our childhood.

Grit and Blindness

Holly Chesser, English Teacher at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta, GA, discusses the validity of the word "grit" in defining why kids succeed or fail in school and life.


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By: Sarah Stewart
Published: December 2014, Vol. 1

Thankful for Woodberry

Dr. Byron Hulsey, Head of Woodberry Forrest School in Woodberry Forrest, VA, reflects on his first months as the school’s new Head, and shares stories of what his students and parents are proud of and thankful for.

Failing Forward

Stan Beiner, Head of The Epstein School in Atlanta, GA, discusses the many lessons failure can teach students and people, and how schools should encourage students to process their failures, and understand that they are part of the process of learning and realizing their dreams.

Visible Thinking

Laura Shockley, Assistant Head of Lower School at Randolph School in Huntsville, AL, shares how the school has been incorporating visible thinking routines into its lessons and meetings.

Processing Ferguson

Chris Thinnes, veteran independent school leader, author, fellow at the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence, and founding executive director of the Center for the Future of Education & Democracy (CFED) offers sample questions that educators can use to drive discussion about the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.


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By: Sarah Stewart

Published: November 2014, Vol. 2

The Tension in Teaching

Holly Chesser, English Teacher at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta, GA, discusses the tension between preparing students for graduation and allowing them to enjoy their learning.

Honoring Veterans

Scott Phillipps, Head of Houston Academy in Dothan, AL, shares the impact his grandfather’s military service has had on his life. 

Millennials and the Age of Anxiety

Jackie Westerfield, Head of Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton, FL, discusses the challenges of educating millennials in the age of anxiety.

A Lesson from Disney's Frozen

Laura Lawrence, Science Teacher at the Asheville School in Asheville, NC, uses the Disney movie Frozen to illustrate the impact compassion can have on our relationships.


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By: Sarah Stewart
Published: November 2014, Vol. 1

Fathers and Sons

Braxton Brady, Chaplain and Director of the "Building Boys, Making Men" program at Presbyterian Day School in Memphis, TN, shares ten questions every father must ask himself. 

Guided Imagery and Sports

Jean Bonnyman, Upper School Learning Specialist at Darlington School in Rome, GA, discusses the use of guided imagery with the school’s athletes to improve their attention and focus. 

Non Cycle Days

Polly Robb, Head of the Middle School at Randolph School in Huntsville, AL, discusses non-cycle days, a new format where regular classes are exchanged for an opportunity to dive deeper into projects or explore topics that can’t be covered in class. 

Learning from Our Students

Steve Whitaker, Head of The First Academy in Orlando, FL, shares life lessons he learned from the personal struggle and persistence of one of his middle school students.


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By: Sarah Stewart
Published: October 2014, Vol. 2

Connecting with Students on Social Media

Vicki Davis, speaker, author, founder of The Cool Cat Teacher blog, and Technology Director at Westwood Schools in Camilla, GA, makes a compelling case for why some teachers should connect with students on social media.

Making Strategy Social

Michael Ehrhardt, Head of Cary Academy in Cary, NC, invites the community to contribute “big opportunity” ideas for the future of the school via 140 characters on Twitter, #CABOS.

Learning by Making

Nishant Mehta, Head of The Children’s School in Atlanta, GA, shares how the school created and operated an Innovator’s Playground at Maker Faire Atlanta to spotlight maker learning for elementary school students.

On My Honor

Toy Savage, teacher, alum, and historian at Norfolk Academy in Norfolk, VA, discusses the meaning of its honor code, and how it benefits all members of the school.


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By: Sarah Stewart
Published: October 2014, Vol. 1

Enjoying the Ordinary

Katherine Harrison, Interim Preschool Director at The Walker School in Marietta, GA, shares how her preschoolers teach her to slow down and honor the small pleasures and discoveries in life.

Beautiful Questions

Payton Hobbs, Lower School Principal at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC, shares a faculty exercise where they ask questions about how they can grow or improve their classrooms in the coming year. 

The Feeling of Learning

Annie Murphy Paul, author and consultant, shares how researchers are programming computers to respond to and manage student’s emotions while solving a problem, in order to promote learning. 

A Service Mindset

Kim Rice, Community Manager at Fort Bend Christian Academy in Sugar Land, Texas, shares how the school plans to focus on a spirit of service in the coming year. 


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By: Sarah Stewart

Published: September 2014, Vol. 2

Critical and Creative

Steve Roushakes, Assistant Head of The New School of Northern Virginia, discusses the nature of critical thinking and how to encourage it in students.

Verify First, Tweet Second

Kenny Sholl, Associate Headmaster at McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN, reminds his students not to tweet without thinking, or post without verifying. 

Girl Power

Michael Ulku-Steiner, Head of School at Durham Academy in Durham, NC, discusses the challenges girls face in today’s society and the school’s plan to hold a number of social and emotional learning activities on the topic of gender. 

Galloway Grounds

Suzanna Jembsy, Head of Galloway School in Atlanta, GA, shares the details of a new lab classroom devoted to the study of economics: an onsite coffee shop her students run!

Fatal Attraction

Scholar, speaker, and author Dr. Yong Zhao’s latest blog on the state of education reform and the need for schools to focus on students’ individual strengths and social-emotional development.   


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By: Sarah Stewart
Published: September 2014, Vol. 1

Team First Grade

Marcia Prewitt Spiller, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at Woodward Academy in Atlanta, GA, reflects on the importance of teamwork after watching first graders solve math problems together.  

Learning from Entrepreneurs

Michael Zavada, Middle and Upper School Principal at Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery, AL, shares four lessons schools can learn from start-up businesses.  

See-Think-Wonder

Philip Cummings, Reading Teacher at Presbyterian Day School in Memphis, TN, shares class activities that encourage his students to be reflective, critical thinkers. 

Modeling Collaboration

Ruth Thomas, Curriculum and Instruction Specialist at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC, shares a reading list that teaches children the value of collaboration.  

Leadership First

Head of Carlisle School in Martinsville, VA, Thomas P. Hudgins Jr., reflects on the changing skill set students will need to succeed. 


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By: Sarah Stewart

Published: August 2014 

Teaching for Tomorrow 

Ned Murray, Head of Episcopal Day School in Augusta, GA,  discusses the incredible value of independent schools in today's fast-changing world, and the skills that students will need to succeed. 

Three Strategies of an Ed Pioneer

Jackie Westerfield, Head of Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton, FL, shares three strategies for creating an environment that encourages education pioneers.  

Representing Roller Derby

Rebecca Moore, Director of Communications for Randolph School in Huntsville, AL, shares some rising seniors' unique Ethnography Projects, such as an investigation into the sport of roller derby. 

Should I Be Good or Successful?

David Skeen, Middle School Director for Canterbury School in Greensboro, NC, reflects on research from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education that found most children think their parents would rather they be successful than good.

A Selfie at Auschwitz?

Matt Scully, Director of Technology at Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC, shares an interesting article about a student's Auschwitz self, the backlash it incited, and why we should engage in conversation about how, where, and when we use our digital tools. 

Insights on Leadership

Chris Mayberry, Middle School Assistant Principal for The First Academy in Orlando, FL, shares three keys for growing as a leader in all areas of life.

 

 

 

 


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