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  1. Dec 19, 2016

    Giving Our Children a Safe Place to Land

    My initial goal was to declutter. I read the book, I made the commitment, and I began the process. I thought I would start in my closet. As I took out piles of sweaters trying them on for size and style, I worked my way to the bottom of the stack and found a too small, out of […]

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  2. Dec 14, 2016

    The Last Great Race Engages Young Minds

    The Iditarod is a dog sled race that takes place every March in Alaska on a trail from Anchorage to Nome. It is sometimes called “The Last Great Race.” Although the race is over 1150 miles long, it is officially referred to as 1,049 miles because Alaska is the 49th state. Why did we think we could […]

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  3. Dec 07, 2016

    A Year Spent Building a Writing Community

    It all started with a simple desire—to make the transition from 8th to 9th grade as smooth as possible for the students. In addition to evaluating and tweaking curriculum, we thought it would be helpful to, and enjoyable for, the students to be part of a writing community. Sharing similar methods and philosophies on the […]

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  4. Nov 30, 2016

    The Middle Is Just Right

    I’m sometimes shocked by people’s reactions when I tell them I work with middle schoolers. Oftentimes, I receive an agape expression followed by a slow why? The response is typically pungent with consternation, wonder, and maybe even a little bit of disgust. I have to step back for a moment and remember my own years […]

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  5. Nov 15, 2016

    This Is Our Time to Show Wellington Pride

    The founders of this school had three principles in mind. The most important today is that Wellington must be an independent school. That means that we will have no church affiliation, nor would we or should we take any interest in where people go to church or indeed whether they go to church at all. […]

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  6. Nov 09, 2016

    Wellington Imagineering Program: Insight, Empathy, and Action Catalyze Students to Be Changemakers

    The Wellington Imagineering Program sparked a new framework for real world creative problem solving in middle school. Students were asked to adopt the mindset of social entrepreneurs and changemakers. With this approach, middle schoolers served as big thinkers, problem finders, and creative problem solvers. They evaluated the world around them and made, created, and constructed […]

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  7. Oct 26, 2016

    Adult Learning Strengthens Student Learning

    From my earliest days as a new teacher, I sat through numerous events, then called inservice, and mentally redesigned each long day. It was, without exception, a one-size fits all type of event where information was delivered in lecture format to teachers in all grades and all subjects. As an inexperienced teacher, I was seated […]

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  8. Oct 19, 2016

    The Freedom to Educate

    Recently I have been reflecting on the power of independent schools. It has been a generation since President Reagan’s National Commission on Excellence in Education published its report titled “A Nation at Risk.”  The report declared, in 1983, that if a hostile power had attempted to impose upon America its mediocre educational system, it would […]

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