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The Most Rigorous Work a High Schooler Can Do

This is the week when our seniors present their senior thesis projects. Through their year-long studies, they have explored topics ranging from the...

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Putting the Right Teachers in the Classroom

A friend who is a long-time head of school told me years ago that the most important part of leading a school is putting the right teachers in the classroom....

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Weaving Black History throughout the Curriculum

One of the sacred obligations of any great school is to produce culturally competent citizens – people who leave our halls with deep empathy, with an...

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Schoolwork with an Audience

I had the pleasure of watching BUA’s annual Concerto Competition on Tuesday. Three students competed, one on saxophone, one on clarinet, and one on violin;...

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Why I Visit Classes

One of our long-time teachers recently asked me why I visit classes. My practice is to pop in for 10-15-minute observations of each teacher at least once per...

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Homer with a Side of Humor

I visited a ninth-grade English class yesterday. The group was discussing an early passage in Homer’s Odyssey where Telemachus, Odysseus’s son, was...

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The “I’m Just Not Good at Art” Fallacy

“I’m just not good at art.” How many of us have said, thought, or heard that at some point in our lives? Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of...

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Let’s Focus on Student Engagement, not Participation

It’s time to rethink the student participation grade. Every three weeks, our teachers gather after classes for professional learning meetings — a...

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Running Through the Tape

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a two week break for most of our teachers and students and a much-needed change of pace for our students enrolled in BU...

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