Debbie Gibbs

Debbie Gibbs
Debbie Gibbs is head of school at Lowell School. She earned her BA in theater arts from Pomona College, her BS in elementary education from the University of Minnesota, and her MA in educational technology from the University of San Francisco. Her career as a school administrator began when she became interim assistant director at The Blake Schools in Minneapolis, MN. She went on to become the head of upper school and assistant head for academic affairs at Marin Country Day School in California. She became Lowell's fourth head of school in 2007. She has served on the Board of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) and the editorial board of Independent School Magazine, a publication of the National Association of Independent Schools.

Recent Posts

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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A Challenge to Parents for the Sake of Their Children's Futures: A Review of "UnSelfie"

Recently I led a series of three classes for parents on helping children develop empathy using Michele Borba’s book, UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. As Borba points out, the rise of the selfie...

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Educating Future Voters in the Age of Social Media

Alexis Madrigal’s article, “What Facebook Did to American Democracy,” in the The Atlantic is a must read for anyone interested in preserving our democracy. The survival of democratic society depends on a well-informed electorate,...

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Teaching Students to Be Responsible Citizens in a Democracy

Recently, The Washington Post ran an opinion article with a provocative title, "We’re Teaching Our Students Not to Care about Democracy". The writer, Colbert I. King, quotes a report by scholars Richard D. Kahlenberg and Clifford...

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What Does Rigor Look Like in a Progressive School?

If you are looking at a variety of educational choices for your child, you might have questions about how to size up the level of rigor in the different schools you visit. Are you wondering what rigor looks like in an elementary...

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Teaching and Learning About Immigration

Immigration is a top issue in this year’s election cycle and the subject of intense discussion and policy making around the world. It is in the news nearly every night, and the stories are often complicated and emotionally...

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How to Talk to Your Kids About the Election

Updated 10/23/18

Election years can be complicated, that’s for sure. Not only is there a great deal to understand about the candidates and the difficult issues facing our country, but with so much heated competition, there is also...

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Choosing an Elementary School for Your Child

All parents want a school that will provide a strong academic foundation for their children. But, this is not all there is to a good educational environment. What is less obvious, but also very important to think about when...

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How to Really Listen to Your Child

Not long ago, I read Rachel Macy Stafford’s article posted on Positive Parenting Solutions and entitled The Single Most Important Parenting Action We Can Do Today. I was drawn in by the title. What could it be? I wasn’t surprised...

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Guiding Children Through Difficult Times

When disturbing world news hits home, how do you answer your child’s questions? Reassuring your child isn’t always easy, especially if you are upset by the events yourself. Here are some thoughts from Lowell’s head of school,...

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