After an extensive search spanning several months and including many exceptional candidates, I am pleased to announce that we have hired Ed Rhee as our new Middle School Director beginning July 1, 2015.
When we began the search process, our faculty and administrators helped identify the key attributes of our Middle School Director:
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) recently launched the NAIS Inspiration Lab, a site designed to share stories from independent school classrooms and campuses around the country. Thanks to our dedicated faculty, we’re sharing some of our stories as well! Check out the links below and be sure to “like” our stories.
Children’s Day School hosted parent educator, licensed clinical social worker and family therapist Sheri Glucoft Wong in October. Sheri’s wisdom on communicating with children and building strong ties between teachers and parents is well known in the Bay Area. We were fortunate to have Sheri meet with both our teachers and our parents. Here are some of the tools that Sheri shared with us.
Every year we select a book to read together over the summer as a community. This year, we’ve chosen a book called Wonder by R.J. Palacio, about a child with a facial deformity who decides to attend an independent school for middle school. It’s wonderfully warm and funny and will help us reflect on how schools build welcoming communities and teach kindness.
This year, over 700 people toured the school and we had one of our largest applicant pools ever for the 2014–2015 school year. Our administrative team spends a great deal of time responding to questions about the program, the campus and the community. One of the questions that is asked at every tour is how CDS uses technology. So with help from our division heads, Margaret Piskitel, Rebecca Kroll and Josée Mayette, I put together the following post about how each division engages with technology at CDS, from preschool through middle school.
In January, I had the pleasure of attending the annual California Association of Independent Schools Trustee/School Head conference here in San Francisco along with several CDS trustees. This annual gathering is the largest meeting of independent school trustees and school heads in the nation. Michael Pollan (author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma) was the keynote speaker at the conference.
Jim McManus, Executive Director of the California Association of Independent Schools, presented market research data from independent school moms to the Bay Area Heads recently. This is market research focused on what mothers want and need from schools and the stresses they feel in raising their children. One of the interesting data points was that 94% of mothers would prefer that their children become giving adults to becoming wealthy adults.
Children's Day School has built an extraordinary community on the principle of always assuming the best of our members and being able to talk about difficult and complex issues. As members of this community, we know that there are things that we may not agree on, and we value different perspectives and the conversations that arise from disagreement or conflict.
<p dir="ltr">Children's Day School has built an extraordinary community on the principle of always assuming the best of our members and being able to talk about difficult and complex issues. As members of this community, we know that there are things that we may not agree on, and we value different perspectives and the conversations that arise from disagreement or conflict.</p>