Bill Ivey

A dedicated member of the faculty, Bill Ivey is the Middle School Dean at Stoneleigh-Burnham School. He teaches Humanities 7 and the Middle and Upper School Rock Bands. Bill is the advisor for MOCA, the middle school student government, and he coordinates and participates in the middle school service program. Among his many hats, Bill also coordinates social media for Stoneleigh-Burnham School.
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Intersections: On being kind

November 13, 2019 by Bill Ivey

Most every night, I sign off social media with the following post:

Good night, everyone. / #EverydayKindness / #Coexist

Filed Under: International Kindness Day, #EverydayKindness, #Coexist

Intersections: Boo

October 31, 2019 by Bill Ivey

Many of my online friends are teachers, active or retired, and many of them have recently been sharing advice urging people to give teenagers a smile and some candy if they come trick-or-treating. I love the posts, thinking, of course, of my own students but also of teenagers everywhere, every one of them somebody’s kid.

Filed Under: anti-racism, teenagers, Halloween, youthism

Summary: Bill Ivey’s day at the 2019 AISNE Diversity-Equity-Inclusion conference

October 29, 2019 by Bill Ivey

On October 24, 2019, I attended the 2019 AISNE Diversity-Equity-Inclusion conference. A recurring theme through the day (as articulated by keynote speaker Dr. Philip McAdoo) was transitioning schools from head to heart.

Filed Under: anti-racism, equity, diversity, inclusion, LGBTQ+ Support, AISNE

Intersections: Head to Heart, a report from the 2019 AISNE Diversity-Equity-Inclusion conference

October 29, 2019 by Bill Ivey

Welcome and Morning Keynote

As we were waiting for the 2019 AISNE Diversity-Equity-Inclusion conference to start, the person sitting to my right leaned over to introduce himself. I recognized his name immediately, since Clyfe Beckwith is the Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning at Andover, from which my son graduated. I knew about some of the school’s more recent initiatives through newsletters and, as we got to talking about Andover’s firm and ongoing commitment to looking honestly at how they are supporting their kids and taking concrete steps to grow continually, one of the themes became (as morning keynote speaker Dr. Philip McAdoo would put it) how to transition a school from head to heart. The perfect introduction to the day!

Filed Under: anti-racism, equity, diversity, inclusion, LGBTQ+ Support, AISNE

Intersections: International Day of the Girl 2019

October 11, 2019 by Bill Ivey

In many ways, 2019 has been an amazing year for girls. Greta Thunberg has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her work with climate change, and Alexandria Villaseñor and Isra Hirsi, among others, have also received well-deserved attention. Mari Copeny continues to advocate tirelessly for an improved water supply for her hometown of Flint, and Autumn Peltier has been doing the same for the indigenous people of Canada. And Malala Yousafzai’s name still pops up on occasion in connection with her own ongoing work advocating for girls’ education and women’s equality.

Filed Under: student voice, student government, International Day of the Girl, Malala Yousafzai, student agency, Student Activism, Greta Thunberg, Isra Hirsi, OEKs, Alexandria Villaseñor, Mari Copeny, Autumn Peltier

Intersections: For Love, Respect, and Dignity

October 10, 2019 by Bill Ivey

Tomorrow, as two middle schoolers announced in a housemeeting presentation on Tuesday, is National Coming Out Day. You knew they were thinking intersectionally right from their title slide as they chose the eight-stripe version of the rainbow flag, introduced in 2017 by the Philadelphia More Color More Pride campaign in order to be explicitly inclusive of Black people and other people of colour.

Filed Under: LGBT, student voice, LGBT Support, student-centered learning, National Coming Out Day, LGBTQ+ Support

Intersections: Getting Smart About My Smartphone

September 19, 2019 by Bill Ivey

Having polished off a delicious blue plate special at Veggie Galaxy in Cambridge, I set off back toward Harvard Square. While I was admittedly clutching my phone in my right hand as my arm swung back and forth, as I watched person after person coming toward me staring down at their phones or talking to an unseen interlocuteur, I realized I no longer felt I was missing out on something by focusing on my actual environment instead of my own phone, quickly and frequently opening it up to unlock it and see what was going on in social media world. I wasn’t particularly surprised. But it did make me think about my journey to this point.

Filed Under: Technology, Rachel Simmons, social media, Intersections, Rosalind Wiseman, Ana Homayoun, responsible use

Intersections: Improving Kids’ Middle School Experience

September 17, 2019 by Bill Ivey

The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) recently shared the article “Seven ways parents and educators can improve kids’ middle school experience” by Phyllis Fagell, the author of Middle School Matters. I immediately clicked on it, and found a series of thoughtful suggestions and examples, each of which in fact does relate well to our own middle school program. Her seven suggestions (in boldface), and a few examples of how they have been playing out in our school:

Filed Under: Middle School, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School, Middle Level Education, Intersections

Intersections: Hold On

May 18, 2019 by Bill Ivey

I looked over at the four smiling students. “Well,” I said, “that was our third straight strong run-through. We’re ready for the show. But if anyone wants to do it again, we absolutely will. That’s how it always works.” Juliet immediately raised her hand. “I want to do it again!” she said. “This song is so much fun!”

Filed Under: student voice, Rock Band, #GirlsRock, Seniors, Goodbyes

State of the Girl: Far Enough?

May 16, 2019 by Bill Ivey

Chloe Hughes '19 is on the Teen Advisory Board for Miss Heard Media. This is her fourth post for them, published on May 6, 2019

We have come so far, yet at what point will we be satisfied? We have women as presidential nominees, senators, CEOs, lawyers, doctors and in essentially every field; when will we be satisfied? Men keep asking me when it will be enough for me- when I’ll be satisfied with what we as women have achieved.

You may read the entire post here.

Filed Under: student voice, Feminism, feminist school, Student Writing, Miss Heard Media