Navigating “Pandemic Learning” with a Neurodiverse Learning Profile

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Ding, ding. Ding, ding. The doorbell rang as students “arrived” and logged into the Learning Differences Affinity Group virtual meeting. Megan Anderson, Kim Stewart, Jillian DeBusk (Dana Hall’s Learning Specialists) and Erica Ramirez (Director of Community, Equity, and Inclusion) were ready to greet them.  The Learning Differences Affinity Group was Continue reading Navigating “Pandemic Learning” with a Neurodiverse Learning Profile

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

What you shelf talkin’ about?

A shelf of books in the Helen Temple Cooke library

“I just don’t have time, Ms. Davidov.” “I would, but I can’t. I’ve got other stuff I need to do.” “I used to love reading. Remember Middle School, guys?” These are comments I hear over and over again as I talk to students. Time for anything personal is sparse. There Continue reading What you shelf talkin’ about?

DHMUN—A ‘Model’ of Excellence in Women’s Leadership

Two Dana Hall Model UN team members at work.

As the proud member of an all-women’s educational institution, I have joined with my colleagues to commit ourselves to inculcating in our students the importance of “integrity, leadership, diversity, and service as well as respect for self and others…” as they prepare for “the challenges and choices they will face Continue reading DHMUN—A ‘Model’ of Excellence in Women’s Leadership

Throwbacks Aren’t Just for Thursdays

Students share snacks in Johnston B dorm.

There is generally something I experience in each of my days working at Dana Hall that makes me remember something fondly from my own time as a boarding student in Sedona, Arizona. The two places couldn’t be any more different, but the heart of the experience is so much the Continue reading Throwbacks Aren’t Just for Thursdays

Paying attention to new beginnings

Dana Hall girls in a dorm room

This year, new students from six states and ten countries will board planes, trains, and minivans to travel to their new home on the Dana Hall School campus. I can’t help but reflect on my first day as a new boarding student over 25 years ago. A sophomore from Marietta, Continue reading Paying attention to new beginnings