Head of School Posts

August 28, 2014

Engaging Students for a Fluid and Dynamic Future

“Dawson graduates are young men and women who reach their individual potential, savor life, and meet the challenges of the world.”

That is Dawson School’s vision, and we help our students become those young men and women every day. I am proud of the school we are at this moment, and proud of the team of people dedicated to bringing that vision to life. Still, we know our responsibility as staff of the school is to be working toward Dawson’s vision purposefully, with an eye to innovation. Doing so still allows for individual styles, personalities, and techniques, but it is our professional obligation to understand what we seek to do as an institution and then to see how our individual work fits within that larger context.  

We must work together with resolve:  That is the only way that we can continue to engage kids, and prepare students for a fluid and dynamic future.  There is no shortage of information and opinion out there about what we as educators could be doing to meet our goals. At Dawson, we have developed a strategic plan that lays out broad priorities in pedagogy, innovation, community, and growth.  Within these broad guidelines, though, there are nearly infinite possibilities with respect to how we see them through.  That is why identifying additional touchstones to help us build clarity around where we will be heading is so important.   For instance, Dawson graduates will:

Reach their individual potential through personalized, differentiated instruction;

Savor life, as we help them find their passions and learn balance;

Meet the challenges of the world by wrestling with important problems now.

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March 31, 2014

Dr. Yong Zhao, Dawson, and the Future of Education

We at Dawson were fortunate to have author, speaker, and thinker Yong Zhao on campus this week to work with our faculty and also to speak with other educators, parents, and students in the community about the future of global education.  Dr. Zhao advocates a paradigm shift away from the... » read more
March 07, 2014

Eric Whitacre and the Creative Process

Last week, I traveled to Orlando for the annual NAIS Annual Conference.  The conference is a series of workshops, discussions, and presentations on best practice in education, leadership, and innovation in independent schools.  Because the conference was held at Disney, one of the themes... » read more
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