Saturday, November 7, 10am-12pm : Had we not been out of cell service, my family would have heard the news. We would have seen the messages stacking up from friends and family on our phones, rejoicing in the announcement. But as it was, we were located somewhere off the Kancamagus…


Teachers across the nation are asking: How do I possibly show up in my classes and for my students over the next couple of days and weeks? In considering the current results of the elections — with so much still unknown and with so many of us with an already…


Consciously or not, we feel and internalize what the space tells us about how to work. -David Kelly, founder of IDEO and the d.school

Two new spaces on The White Mountain School campus — the digital recording studio in the Catherine Houghton Arts Center and the Inquiry, Innovation, and Impact…


Doing a SWOT analysis of our schedule

The other week at The White Mountain School, we launched the year’s first student Academic Listening Session. What is an Academic Listening Session and why did we do one? They are optional in-person feedback opportunities for students to engage with a number of the faculty program leaders, in which the…


What happens when you encourage faculty to explore what they hope students learn and how they hope to teach and assess? What happens when teachers are encouraged to imagine different ways of engaging students in thinking and learning — when those teachers are invited to design a teaching, learning and…


Below are the notes for my opening words at the 2018–19 Awards Ceremony at The White Mountain School.

Student presenting her LASR project: “A Water Color Response to a Dance World”

Welcome to the Awards Ceremony. We here tonight to recognize a few of our students who have done truly exceptional work in respective disciplines of study. …


Industrial Age systems, from which traditional grading emerged

Well, to some kids and parents, quite a lot. Kids don’t just receive grades, they become them. “I’m an A student,” they say confidently. “I’m an C student,” they say while trying to become invisible. A student’s entire identity and self-worth can be built around their GPA. But what do…


  • Co-authored with Becky Schaeffer, Assistant Director of Admissions and Academic Administrator at Waring School

How do I find the right school for my child? In what learning environment will they thrive? New and different models of teaching and learning, while improving schools, are making it harder to place students into…


We embrace experiential education. We believe students — no, humans! — are wired to learn, and we believe that learning is relational. We inspire our students to see learning opportunities everywhere, not just within a four-walled classroom, and we do this through our commitment and focus on student-driven inquiry. Our…


A S.ESH session in early September. 5 teachers, 4 disciplines.

Teachers teaching teachers! There is no better form of professional development and that is exactly what we are doing. Twice a month, teachers meet in small interdisciplinary teams to workshop one another’s curriculum. What catalyzed this commitment to have faculty give up one free period every other week so as…

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