Dawson's Education Blog

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  • Challenge Success: A Dawson Parent's Perspective

    This past September, I had the privilege of attending the Challenge Success Fall 2018 Conference at Stanford University as a Dawson parent representative. Ask any of my friends or family members: After returning, they jokingly thought I had joined the Challenge Success cult. Why am I so excited about what I heard there? It’s because I could not wait to share the eye-opening insights I heard from experts about common-sense approaches to the struggles our students and children face today, from both a social-emotional and an academic perspective.
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  • The Dawson Challenge Success Fall Conference Team

    Challenge Success: A Dawson Parent's Perspective

    Carolyn Wood, Dawson Parent
    This past September, I had the privilege of attending the Challenge Success Fall 2018 Conference at Stanford University as a Dawson parent representative. Ask any of my friends or family members: After returning, they jokingly thought I had joined the Challenge Success cult. Why am I so excited about what I heard there? It’s because I could not wait to share the eye-opening insights I heard from experts about common-sense approaches to the struggles our students and children face today, from both a social-emotional and an academic perspective.
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  • Brave Voices at Dawson

    Roxanne Stansbury, Assistant Head of School
    At the beginning of each school year, Dawson selects a community-unifying theme that runs through everything from service learning and campus events, to parent education, community share presentations, and the grade-level buddy program. I am thrilled to talk about this year’s unifying theme: Brave Voices.
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  • Dawson's Class Placement Process

    Roxanne Stansbury, Assistant Head of School
    Every spring as the school year draws to a close, there is a particular topic that begins to permeate the conversations of our Dawson students, teachers and parents alike: class placements.
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  • Building a Mission-Driven Community

    Meg Aumann, Dean of Student Life & Diversity
    Some of the things I hear from parents when I make a phone call home as Dean of Student Life and Diversity include, This student has been bothering my child for years. Why are they still here? I will make sure to speak with my child tonight about this. I appreciate the call. I know my child was wrong but what the other student did was worse! What’s going to happen to this other student? I don’t know what to say to my child. What can I do as a parent
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  • Uncertainty

    Roxanne Stansbury, Assistant Head & Davida Sims, Director of Advancement
    Uncertainty. This term continues to bubble to the surface of every article about student challenges. Many articles point to the struggles "students today" have in dealing with uncertainty. Experts in adolescence and psychology are seeing a growing number of students struggle to recover from minor setbacks. The feeling is students are not equipped to problem solve or advocate for themselves effectively in a world of uncertainty. Business professionals worry that, in this world of uncertainty, parents and schools are not equipping children to take risks, learn from failures or advocate for themselves. Is it simply information overload? Or are children really more fearful and anxious in these fast-changing and uncertain times?
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  • Soft Skills & 21st Century Education

    By Davida Sims, Director of Advancement
    A prospective parent called me recently and asked a great follow-up question a few days after she had toured the Dawson campus. She asked:

    “You regularly discussed something besides literacy, math and science that Dawson emphasizes. Let’s call it X. You mentioned that this X is really important for kids to get before high school. Is X critical thinking? I can’t recall but I do remember that our discussion made an impression on my husband and me. Can you remind me of what X is?”
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  • Student Empowerment as a Model for Student-Led Conferences

    By Roxanne Stansbury, Director of Education and Head of Lower School
    I vividly remember pacing the floors as a child, anxiously awaiting my mom’s return from my school’s bi-annual parent-teacher conferences. When I greeted her at the door, the begging began. “Tell me every detail. What did she say about me? How am I doing?”
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  • Powerful Learning: What We Know About Teaching for Understanding

    By Davida Sims, Director of Advancement
    Powerful learning argues that schools have clung to educational philosophies and techniques from a century ago, even though the rest of the world has radically changed in recent decades. In particular, educators have been surprisingly loyal to the classic teacher and textbook model, underpinned by lectures, discussions, and readings in spite of complete transformations in almost every other sector of our society. However, this “dominant paradigm” is starting to shift.

    Take a moment to read Teaching for Meaningful Learning: A Review of Research on Inquiry-Based and Cooperative Learning to read the many examples of how teachers, principals and district administrators are implementing new forms of project-based curricula and performance-based assessments.
     
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The Alexander Dawson School Podcast

    • Redefining Student Achievement Through Challenge Success At Dawson

      Director of Admission Andrew Bishop in conversation with Assistant Head of School Roxanne Stansbury about what it means to be a Stanford University Challenge Success School. Listen to learn more about the SPACE Framework and how Dawson is living its mission by re-defining traditional definitions of student achievement.  Show Notes: Mood Meter Link: http://ei.yale.edu/media-events/media/audio/

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