Intersections: Undoing What Kavanaugh Is Doing to Our Kids

September 23, 2018 by Bill Ivey

https://twitter.com/emmajthatcher/status/1042183012987936768

Note:  RAINN (The Rape Assault & Incest National Network)’s website includes information, resources, and a hotline.

I can’t follow the “debate” about the Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination with thinking about my kids. How many of them are thinking right now exactly what Emma has said here? How many of them are wondering about what boys are thinking? Even those of my students who identify as non-binary and/or whose romantic/sexual orientations don’t include boys may be (and probably are) thinking about how these messages society is sending applies to them and the people in their lives.

Filed Under: Education, Feminism, feminist school, Tarana Burke, consent, #MeToo, sexual harassment, sexual assault, protest

Karen Pleasant on "The intrusions of the world on the classroom"

September 22, 2018 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

Karen Pleasant, Chair of the History Department and IB co-coordinator, recently published this piece in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

As I begin my combined 36th year of school as learner and educator, two things recently occurred to me: I have now spent as many years as a teacher as I have as a student and how much the day-to-day realities of what it means to go to school have changed in that time. (read entire article on the Gazette's website)

Filed Under: Education, gun violence, student voice

Intersections: “Ten Questions Parents Should Ask Before School Starts”

August 14, 2018 by Bill Ivey

Forbes recently published an article by Frederick Hess entitled “Ten questions parents should ask before school starts.” Normally skeptical of articles that list whatever number of things people “should” do, I began to fall in love with his list at the first question, and by the third decided I wanted to answer them all. So, in order and writing as if I were speaking directly to a parent...

Filed Under: Intersections, Parenting, Education, Middle Level Education, Communication

Intersections: “Raising Caring and Happy Children in a Challenging Time”

April 29, 2018 by Bill Ivey

Dr. Richard Weissbourd opened his talk on “Raising Caring and Happy Children in a Challenging Time” by stating his primary worry is how we’ve elevated happiness and success and de-emphasized caring and empathy. When students were asked on a survey how important achievement, caring, and happiness were to them, about 50% prioritized achievement, 30% happiness, and 20% caring. Parents say they value caring over achievement but when their children were asked to rate their priorities, the kids felt their parents had the same breakdown of priorities as they did. Furthermore, when asked to rate parents as a group, parents themselves came up yet again with a similar breakdown except with some shift from caring to happiness. This disjunction between what parents say they believe and what kids (and other parents) perceive results from what Dr. Weissbourd calls the “rhetoric reality gap.”

Filed Under: Parenting, On Parenting, Raising Children, Education, Caring

Intersections: Overcoming Bias

October 24, 2017 by Bill Ivey

This morning, Sarah Littman shared an article entitled “A+E Chief Nancy Dubuc: Abuse of Power Begins With Unconscious Male Bias (Guest Column).” Among Ms. Dubuc’s takes on the Harvey Weinstein scandal: “We're hearing that there have been attempts to report on this for years, so how does something time and time again rise to that level and then when it's finally reported, everybody gets to say, "Oh, I had no idea"? Something there doesn't make sense.”

Filed Under: Intersections, Feminism, anti-racism, implicit bias, overcoming implicit bias, Education

Intersections: "Creating a Culture of Feedback."

August 15, 2017 by Bill Ivey

(originally published on MiddleWeb)

The further I get into my career, the more I realize how fundamentally critical formative assessment is to the process of learning – assessment for learning as opposed to assessment of learning (Stiggins and others).

(read more here)

Filed Under: Intersections, pedagogy, Education

Intersections: Excellence

February 17, 2017 by Bill Ivey

Here is a comprehensive list of all the NCAA basketball programs besides the UConn women’s side that have ever won 100 straight games:

1.

Not only is the feat unprecedented, but also they have kept it going in a year where few people if any predicted they would maintain this level of dominance. Their top three players - who just happened to also be the first three players taken in the WNBA draft, a feat that is also unprecedented - had graduated, and while this year’s group certainly had talent, they were seen as a young team due for what passes as a rebuilding year at UConn.

Filed Under: Intersections, athletics, Excellence, Education, Teaching, student voice, Student support

Intersections: #ProductOfPublicSchools

February 12, 2017 by Bill Ivey

Honestly, I never dreamed it would be a controversial post. One of my friends had posted a listing of all the public schools she had attended with the caption, “Proud member of #ProductOfPublicSchools.” So I did the same, from O’Dea Elementary School in Fort Collins, Colorado through my four schools in Amherst, Massachusetts: Marks Meadow Elementary School, Amherst Regional Junior High School, Amherst Regional High School, and the University of Massachusetts, where I got my M.A.T. in French (For the record, I got my A.B. in French from Middlebury College, which I also loved.) Not two minutes later, I got the response back from another ARHS graduate: “So what?”

Filed Under: Intersections, Public Schools, Department of Education, Education, education policy

Veritas Supra Omnia

December 12, 2016 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

Speech delivered at the Dec. 6, 2016 Honor Roll Assembly by Karen Suchenski.

Good morning of Dec. 6, 2016, Stoneleigh community. Thank you, StuCo, so much for inviting me to speak today. Please know how honored and humbled I am to be in your company. Each of you brings honor to this community each day in countless ways that awe and inspire me.

In thinking about a meaningful focus for my address to you, it occurred to me we often linger at our collective reflective moments on our mission statement — you know, the one that focuses on helping girls be their “best selves” and “find their voices.” And yet, as often, we overlook the vital Latin motto of our school (it sits under our mascot owl.) “Veritas supra omnia.” Do you know what that  means? Yes.  “Truth above all.”

It is about truth—and the need to not ever stop seeking truth, however hard to grasp even what that is—that I speak to you today.  

Filed Under: Education, Honor, Honor Roll, Feminism

Intersections: Traditional Support

November 07, 2016 by Bill Ivey

Over the weekend, I came across an NAIS blog post by Debra Wilson on “Taking Steps to Support Transgender Students and School Communities.” I know that for national organizations, policy statements on transgender people can be fraught with difficulty as some member schools may be part of communities who simply do not accept trans identities. (Just the other day, at the AISNE Diversity Conference, several people in a session on supporting trans students said they as LGBTQ+ adults did not feel safe coming out in their schools. And that’s in New England, a region generally considered to be more LGBTQ+ friendly than many others.) I wondered what path NAIS had chosen. It turned out to be, perhaps unsurprisingly, a somewhat tentative middle ground.

Filed Under: Education, LGBT Support, transgender