I was interested to note how often in one moment someone called culture out as an intractable obstacle and in the next moment someone else called it the best tool we have in our toolbox. Strangely, I think they may have both been right.
My premise, however, is this: in order to create sustainable models and to best serve our students, we must find ways to create dialogue between all areas of education—public, independent, and higher, and we must put it at the center of our efforts to create positive change.
Westminster’s first experience with JanTerm was not an end unto itself. It was always part of something larger. As the final part of a two-year rollout of a new daily schedule and school calendar, the JanTerm represents the single biggest curricular step forward in the Upper School since its founding–45 new challenging and varied electives, offered […]
I wrote the piece above back in the early Fall for the Fall/Winter Westminster Magazine for The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. (Just click on it for a full sized rendering). Now that our first JanTerm is over, it is a good time to share what has been a stunning success. The overall satisfaction with […]
PROJECT CONNECTI will be presenting a 20 minute TED Talk-like talk as part of Project Connect in June. For me it will be a homecoming of sorts as I taught at Asheville School for ten years and was the founding chair of the integrated, interdisciplinary Humanities Department. There are some great folks on the faculty […]
Foreshadowing is a key to good communication about institutional change. In a period of accelerated progress in a school, leadership must find ways to foreshadow what is coming. Communicating after the fact is not enough, as it can make strategic steps look like reactive ones. By giving community members glimpses of what may lie ahead, […]