Head of School Archive

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
April 15, 2013

Twitter? Now I (Sort Of) Understand

On Friday, Dawson did not hold classes so that all of our teachers and administrators could attend an Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS) professional development event at Graland Country Day School in Denver.  The presenter was Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, and the topic was, broadly... » read more
March 11, 2013

Reflections on the NAIS Annual Conference

In late February, the division directors and I traveled to Philadelphia for the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference.  The conference is a series of workshops, discussions, and presentations on best practice in education, leadership, and innovation in... » read more
February 21, 2013

Increasing Dawson’s Enrollment Cap

As many in the Dawson community already know, the school’s enrollment is limited by Boulder County.  Our enrollment cap three years ago was 420 students, but through the work of my predecessor and others, that cap was raised temporarily in 2010 to 460 students (current enrollment is 450).... » read more
February 04, 2013

On Tech Week, Mech Week, and the Merits of Preparation

“He who is best prepared can best serve his moment of inspiration.” — Samuel Taylor Coleridge This week at Dawson, the 53-student cast and crew of West Side Story will finalize preparations for a four-show run this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in hopes of best serving their collective... » read more
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