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

Inspiring Future Leaders

Students cheering in the gym.

Dana Hall School is a proud member of the National Coalition of Girls Schools (NCGS), an organization dedicated to educating and empowering young women. In a recent article, Elizabeth McGregor, NCGS Trustee, wrote about the need for more female leaders in the world. She stated that “the benefits of having Continue reading Inspiring Future Leaders

Academic Vigor from 30 Feet Up

Dana Hall 7th graders at TreeTop Adventures

In September, the Middle School went to a ropes course for its retreat. As a teacher new to Dana Hall, it was an illuminating opportunity to observe students in a different learning environment. I saw girls bonding, taking risks, and supporting one another. The experience was energizing, setting the stage Continue reading Academic Vigor from 30 Feet Up

Accomplishing Kindness

Field Hockey players cheer for teammates.

I read with great interest a piece published in the December 2019 issue of The Atlantic entitled “Stop Trying to Raise Successful Kids: And Start Raising Kind Ones.” Written by noted organizational psychologist Adam Grant and his wife, author Allison Sweet Grant, the article makes the argument that teaching kindness Continue reading Accomplishing Kindness

Gratitude and Empathy

Colorful sunset over Dana Hall campus.

Thanksgiving provides an important opportunity for reflection and gratitude. Often a time spent with loved ones, the holiday affords us an occasion to take the time to appreciate our lives in whatever way feels authentic — to pause and feel grateful for health, family, friends and community. We practiced this Continue reading Gratitude and Empathy