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

Part of the Project is Finding the Project

Anna Lee at a mood board.

“I emailed her, but didn’t hear back.” It’s an early morning in April. The senior in my office doesn’t seem frustrated or undone. I wait. This spring, 78 seniors stepped away from Dana Hall in the weeks prior to their graduation. They were engaged all over the Boston area: Cambridge, Continue reading Part of the Project is Finding the Project

Student Travel: New Cultures, New Perspectives

Dana students on the starting line at the stadium of Nemea

“One’s destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things.” This suggestion by the American writer Henry Miller conveys the inspiration behind all Dana Hall School student trips, no matter where in the world we go. During the 2019 March Spring Break, 18 students and two teachers Continue reading Student Travel: New Cultures, New Perspectives

The Value of Peer Education

peer educators

In this era of instant gratification, when answers to all of life’s questions can be found through a click, tweet or a post, it is increasingly difficult to engage with our students on important issues such as health, wellness and safety. In general, having these conversations with teens can be challenging: Continue reading The Value of Peer Education