Intersections: The End Is Near

May 17, 2017 by Bill Ivey

As I prepare to spend our last Morning Meeting planning out both Founders’ Day (a special day off from middle school classes planned by and for the students) and the end of year trip, Lily happens to overhear that the Thursday night Middle School Rock Band is looking for a new lead singer for “Paradise.” She brightens, leans forward and says, “I’ll do it.” I don’t have a very strong sense of her as a singer, and I know we only have one, maybe two rehearsals before the next show, but I do have the instinct she wouldn’t step up if she didn’t have some level of confidence she could pull it off. I smile and say, “Thank you. Our next rehearsal is Thursday night six days from now.”

Filed Under: Intersections, Year End

Professional Development: AISNE Health and Wellness Symposium

May 09, 2017 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

Athletic Director Annie Kandel attended the AISNE (Association for Independent Schools of New England) Health and Wellness Symposium last week. Annie reports:

Filed Under: athletics, On Athletics, Professional development, social media, Health, Wellness

Intersections: ACT

May 08, 2017 by Bill Ivey

You may have heard of the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” and/or the book by Jay Asher. The book and series depict the suicide of 13-year-old Hannah Baker and, through recordings she left behind, events that preceded her death. I’ve seen countless discussions on social media between educators, many of whom are also parents, expressing their concerns with the series. Elana Premack Sandler’s piece in Psychology Today, “13 Reasons Why ‘13 Reasons Why’ Isn’t Getting It Right” does a great job of detailing some of the issues, concluding, “13 Reasons Why doesn’t tell the much more common story of people living with (struggling with, but living with) difficult emotions and experiences and figuring out, with support and help from others, how to survive.”

Filed Under: suicide awareness, teen suicide, Intersections

Professional Development: "AISNE Unleashing your leadership superpowers"

May 02, 2017 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

On April 28th teacher Charlotte Hogan attended a workshop put on by AISNE (the Association for Independent Schools of New England) called "Unleashing your Leadership Superpowers."

Intersections: My identity is my purpose

May 01, 2017 by Bill Ivey

“Well, maybe we'll still make the keynote,” I said to my student as we began the 10-minute walk from Wheelock's main campus, where I had attended last year's GLSEN Massachusetts Spring Conference (GLSEN being an organization that supports LGBTQ+ students and educators as well as their allies), to Wheelock's Brookline campus where, it turned out, this year's conference was held. They (the pronoun this student uses; here is a list of common choices) answered cheerfully, “Oh, it's okay. We'll get there.”

Filed Under: student voice, LGBT Support, Professional development, GLSEN, Intersections, Immigration, Safe Schools

Intersections: Beyond Breaking the Silence

April 28, 2017 by Bill Ivey

Recently, a colleague shared out an article with the unfortunate headline, “My Daughter Is Not Transgender, She’s a Tomboy.” The author, Lisa Selin Davis, seemed to be saying she wished people would stop questioning her daughter’s gender identity based on her gender expression, including not only people who have fairly limited ideas of how boys and girls look and/or should look but also well-meaning people who wondered - repeatedly - if she was transgender and what pronouns she used. Ms. Davis wrote that she appreciated both the well-meaning question of whether her child might be transgender and the sensitivity to pronouns, objecting rather to those times when people seemed skeptical of the answers and/or kept re-asking the questions. I shared the article on Twitter, adding the comment, “Seems like the underlying message is adults need to listen to kids about how they view who they are w/openness to all genders/expressions.” And several of my colleagues told me they enjoyed the article, thinking in particular of their own daughters who are frequently mistaken for boys.

Filed Under: LGBT, day of silence, LGBT Support, GLSEN, Intersections

Professional Development: Spanish Civil War and Fascism

April 25, 2017 by Guest Faculty Bloggers
On Friday and Saturday April 7 and 8, History teachers Tim McCall and Karen Pleasant attended America and World Fascism: From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond , a two-day seminar supported by the History Collaborative in Northampton and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archive in New York City, with funding from the Library of Congress.  The seminar took place at the UMASS Center in Springfield, MA.  Tim and Karen had limited knowledge of the Spanish Civil War and this workshop provided a learning opportunity. Fascism was also topical and relevant to the history teachers, as the word has become increasingly part of the lexicon following the 2016 presidential campaign; although many people do not understand what it means. The conference included lectures, document work, practical teaching tips, PowerPoint presentations, and individual work time for participants to create a lesson plan. At the end of the event, Karen enlisted the guest educators to help design the last unit of the year on the Spanish Civil War, for the IB History Year 1 SL class. Tim will be reorganizing his spring-term foreign policy unit to focus on how America’s fear of communism trumped its faith in democracy and self-determination.

Filed Under: History, teaching history, Professional development

2017 Poetry Festival

April 17, 2017 by Guest Student Author

Three Prize-Winning Student Poems

Filed Under: Poetry, National Poetry Month, Poetry Month, Poetry Festival

Ingrained Pain

April 14, 2017 by Guest Student Author

by Miles DeClue '18

Filed Under: student voice, Poetry, National Poetry Month, Poetry Month, Student work, Student Writing

Twilight's Lullaby

April 14, 2017 by Guest Student Author

by Gwen Healy '19

Filed Under: student voice, Poetry, National Poetry Month, Student work, Student Writing