Outdoor Activities for All Types of Weather

When having dinner with a few friends who had just moved to the DC area from California, I asked them how they were acclimating to their new home. “The weather has taken some getting used to,” one friend admitted. The table...

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Top Ten Blog Posts of 2018

In 2018, the March 24 student demonstration in DC, March for Our Lives, inspired our Middle School students to join the protest. In the national headlines: Facebook came under more scrutiny with another data breach, a soccer team...

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Hiring for Cultural Competency in Schools

When hiring season begins, many schools look for opportunities to increase the diversity of their faculty and staff. But it is not enough to simply hire for diversity, schools also need to look for cultural competency skills. While...

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Integration vs. Discipline-Based Approaches to Learning: Not an Either/Or

There is a long-standing debate in education between discipline-based learning and integrated learning. Many of us remember classes we took in school that were discipline based—math, science, English, foreign language, history. If...

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Middle school doesn't have to be the most stressful time in a person's life.

Whenever adults are asked to remember their years in middle school, their memories often include feelings of stress and anxiousness. “Oh my gosh, middle school was horrible! It was so awkward and embarrassing!”

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Democracy, Caring, and Kindness: An Election Book List

I believe it is incredibly important to educate our students about democratic elections and voting, especially during such a turbulent time in our political history. That’s why I decided to create a display of print books in our...

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The New Culture of Friendship in the Digital Age

I remember the day I received a cell phone; I had turned 16 and 3 months and received my driver’s license. The cell phone was not mine alone, however; my younger sister and I shared it. When I drove places, it was turned off. I was...

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How many private schools should I apply to?

by Liz Yee

Time has flown by—your child is growing up fast, and now you’re looking at schools. (Side note: how did your baby get big enough to go to school?) In addition to feeling like time is slipping through your hands like grains of sand,...

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Exploring Nature's Micro-World with Kids

When many people think of nature, they think of the big things—birds of prey, big predators, soaring mountains, vast deserts, and deep oceans. But, here, I want to talk about appreciating the things that are much closer to us,...

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Play and Learning in Early Childhood

When the word play is mentioned, I think of the joyous moments in my childhood—being outdoors on the swing or covered in mud or sand and making potions or delicious treats depending on the day. I think of the laughter, the sense of...

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