Head of School Archive

March 02, 2015

West Meets East: Mindfulness, Part 2

Today I am excited to follow up on my November blog about mindfulness and meditation. While looking for books for my children last fall, I happened to see the book Mindfulness by Harvard professor Ellen J. Langer; the bookstore was celebrating the 25th anniversary of the book’s publication. Since... » read more
November 11, 2014

Being Mindful About Education

As educators and parents, we know that students learn best when they feel physically and emotionally safe, when they are engaged in learning, and when they are connected to a larger community.  It is for these reasons that Dawson’s 2014 Strategic Plan includes an intentional emphasis on the... » read more
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... » read more
July 30, 2014

Keys to the Most Effective Teachers and Learners

I am a growing Twitter enthusiast, and something came to me through that medium early in July in a post from Carrie Lam at Edutopia (@edutopia) titled “11 Habits of an Effective Teacher.” The list appealed to me instantly, primarily because I think that many of these characteristics... » read more
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
January 02, 2014

Blogs, Tweets, and Resolutions.

I have not traditionally been one for making New Year’s resolutions.  That said I understand the idea of a fresh start and the appeal of making good on some overdue promises to oneself or to others.  There also is comfort in the fact that many other people are taking similar stock of... » read more
September 27, 2013

Strategic Planning

Last week, 30 members of the extended Dawson community spent two days working collaboratively and creatively on the framework for Dawson’s first strategic plan since 2005.  The retreat included faculty, trustees, alumni, parents, staff, and students and was the result of weeks of planning by... » read more
September 13, 2013

Message from Head of School George Moore

The last couple of days have been challenging for many in the Dawson community and throughout Boulder, Longmont, Erie, and other towns where our staff and families live.  We know that many family and staff houses are damaged; yet we take comfort in the fact that all, as far as we know, are... » read more
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