Keep Trying

As a graduate student, I was a Teaching Assistant (TA) for Civil Rights leader Julian Bond’s popular “History of the Civil Rights Movement” class at the University of Virginia. Bond was whip smart, like many of my professors, but unlike …
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Learning to Learn

One of the favorite parts of my job as Head of School at North Shore is slipping out of my office and walking around classes to gain perspective. It’s easy to get immersed in the day-to-day, a never-ending to-do list, …
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First Day of School!

It’s the first day of School in our 98th year at North Shore Country Day! Countless hours of preparation over the summer by faculty, staff, administrators, parents and trustees have ensured we are ready for the students and parents to …
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Learning by Doing

I like to talk a lot about “experiential learning” and why it is so important as an element of any curriculum. But what does this term really mean? As you can imagine, there are multiple definitions. A formal definition from …
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JK-12ness

I remember clearly the first time I heard the term “JK-12ness.” During my interview process, I was driving with Head of School Search Committee Chair Molly Shotwell Oelerich ’87, as she began speaking about North Shore’s JK-12ness and what an …
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I am Grateful for…

This morning, the entire school community—students, teachers and staff—gathered in the Auditorium for Morning Ex. The theme was the same it always is on the day before we break for the Thanksgiving Holiday—representatives from all divisions share a story of …
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Spirit Week

I write from a building awash in Purple and White. Homecoming Week is upon us and there is spirit everywhere you look! We are looking forward to a full weekend of games, an art show in the Almquist Gallery, activities …
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First Day of School

Some adults might strain to remember what the first day of school was like, particularly the first day entering a new school. We educators, though, don’t need reminding, as we engage in this ritual every year. We follow familiar pathways …
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