Striving to be Anti-racist

Banner by a Pond that states "Dana Hall: Founded in 1881"

Last night was our fourth time gathering to Strive to Be Anti-racist. Dana Hall has prioritized this conversation because of the concerns shared with us throughout the last few months by students, teachers, alums, families, staff members, and friends of Dana Hall. The Black Lives Matter protests in response to Continue reading Striving to be Anti-racist

Here for Each Other

5th graders walk to lunch with their teacher.

On the first day of school in a typical year, the entire Middle School community gathers together in the Multi-Purpose Room for an assembly. I begin by greeting everyone and asking all of the adults to stand in their spots around the room. “Every one of these teachers is your Continue reading Here for Each Other

Poetry Can Lift You Up, Even on Zoom

Linda Derezinski in her English classroom

As an English teacher, my favorite classes are built around interacting with powerful literature that inspires my students to passionate discussion. But distance learning makes that kind of class hard to do. As anyone who has attended a meeting on Zoom can verify, good, meaningful discussions, which are the bread-and-butter Continue reading Poetry Can Lift You Up, Even on Zoom