“Play Among Things of Beauty:” Joy, the School, and the Community

Middle School four square

I recently had the opportunity to join an Admission tour with a family who is considering Dana Hall School for their daughters. A highlight of the experience for me was a brief exchange between the prospective 5th grader and the poised, confident Upper School ambassador who accompanied us. As the Continue reading “Play Among Things of Beauty:” Joy, the School, and the Community

Long-Distance Learning

English Classroom

Collaboration in education is often praised, but it is almost always fraught with complications. How do we meet? What are our goals? International collaborations are especially challenging. Over the past three years, I have worked with Ann Rooney, who teaches English as an Additional Language at The Wilderness School in Continue reading Long-Distance Learning

‘A Seat at the Table’: Dana Hall Girls Get Political

students at polling place

In the spring of 1776, Abigail Adams penned a letter to her husband John, who was in Philadelphia busily hammering out the final details of the colonies’ Declaration of Independence. Recognizing the importance of this act, Ms. Adams—hoping to ensure that the women not be forgotten wrote, “…I desire you Continue reading ‘A Seat at the Table’: Dana Hall Girls Get Political

The Laramie Project: Live Theater as an Act of Radical Listening

student performers

Arts education, at its best, develops empathy and a sense of shared humanity in young performers and young audiences. This fall, I am doubling down on this claim as we undertake our production of The Laramie Project in the Upper School. There is an old adage in theater that “half Continue reading The Laramie Project: Live Theater as an Act of Radical Listening

Hosting Starts with Welcome

Host Family Pumpkin Image

Benvenuto,  Bienvenida, Bienvenue, Fòonying, Herzlich Willkommen, Hoan-gêng Kong-lîm, Hoo-ahn Ying, Huānyíng, Hwan-yeong, Salve, Selamat Datang, Welkom, Yindii t̂xnrạb, Yōkoso – Welcome. My first introduction to hosting an international student took place in 2005. Due to unforeseen circumstances, a family was not able to carry out their commitment to host one Continue reading Hosting Starts with Welcome

If I had a hammer…and a marshmallow…and some teammates

Sixth graders are immersed in the science of simple machines, which means that Cat Blakelock’s classroom is the scene of flying marshmallows, bottles of glue, loads of popsicles, and frequent shouts out of discovery. Girls trek around campus measuring stairs and plotting data on graph paper. The essential questions at Continue reading If I had a hammer…and a marshmallow…and some teammates