An invitation to members new to headship
ESHA members new to independent elementary school headship are invited to join Lenesa Leana, ESHA President, and Greg O'Melia, ESHA Vice President, for a lunch discussion about how ESHA can best meet the needs of new heads: Sunday, October 18, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at the Washington (DC) Marriott, immediately preceding the ESHA Annual Conference. We look forward to meeting some of our newest members and to some good colleague discussion at this event. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Web 2.0 for the Head of School
We're offering a series of three fall sessions on "Web 2.0 for the Head of School." Jump in to one, two, or the full series for a thorough introduction to the use of Twitter, Facebook, blogs, nings, and other social media tools by independent elementary schools.
Incorporating Social Media in Your Communications Plan: Two Examples
Tuesday, October 20, 8:00-8:45 AM
ESHA conference session presented by:
Lee Burns, Presbyterian Day School (TN); Claudia Daggett, ESHA Executive Director
Introduction to the Nuts and Bolts of Social Media
Tuesday, November 17, 2:00 PM EDT
Webinar presented by:
Lorrie Jackson, Lausanne Collegiate School (TN); Rob DiMartino, Finalsite
RSVP to email@example.com
by November 3
Finding Your Voice in Social Media
Tuesday, December 1, 2:00 PM EDT
Webinar presented by:
Travis Warren, WhippleHill Communications
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
by November 17
Years 6-10: Challenges and rewards of headship
On Friday, September 24, six ESHA heads with 6-10 years of experience (and rather a lot more grey hair!), gathered for a Skype conference to discuss the particular challenges and rewards found at this point in our collective experience. The conversation revealed some experiences that had been shared by most as well as some lessons that might be learned.
The group recognized that among the new challenges is the question of whether we have become more predictable in our work. As well, we noted that any problems we currently face are really ones that we “own.” No longer can we claim that these problems are something that we inherited.
Project Zero: An ESHA-member report
This summer, I had the privilege of accompanying 12 Presbyterian Day School teachers to Project Zero (PZ)
at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During the last four summers, we’ve sent over 50 of our PDS teachers to the program. It is our goal to send each teacher there once every three years. Our teachers have raved about PZ; now I know why.
Advocating for the elementary school model
Kevin Conklin, Montgomery School (PA), offers this:
"If I could design psychologically safe schools, every elementary school in the United States would go from kindergarten through grade eight and would be no larger than four hundred children. No high school would have more than eight hundred students." -- Michael Thompson and Catherine O'Neill Grace, Best Friends Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children (New York: Balentine Books, 2001, p. 230)
If you've spotted a good testimonial or meaningful research that supports the elementary school model, share it with us by sending it to email@example.com.
Welcome new members
New members Scott Baytosh, Buckingham Friends School (PA), and Mark Silver, Hillbrook School (CA), joined us since August 1; and Chris Pryor, Harbor Day School (NY), recently returned to ESHA membership after a hiatus. Please welcome them! You'll find photos of our newest members in the gallery to the right. The gallery also includes members introduced sans photos in the August issue of ESHA News: Cynthia Strickland, St. John Greek Orthodox School (FL); Liz Barnes, St. Paul's Episcopal School (MO); Bob Kaufmann, Fairfield Country Day School (CT); Mike Vachow, Forsyth School (MO); and Camille Wright, Fox River Country Day School (PA). You'll find a photo of new member Ilana Kaufman, Windrush School (CA), in the "Member News" section below.
Ilana Kaufman, Windrush School (CA), has been named to the Board of the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).
Robin Douglass has retired from Stanley Clark School (IN), having served the school for 21 years. You'll find contact information for Robin in the Member Directory (found in the downloads section of every issue of ESHA News).
Scott Laird, St. Mary's Episcopal Day School (FL), is serving as Co-Chair of this year's Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) annual convention, Value Added -- Why Our Schools Are Special,
to be held in Orlando from November 18-20, 2009.
The Beauvoir Center for Teaching and Learning at Beauvoir, The National Cathedral Elementary School (DC), is offering an institute for teachers, preschool to grade three, entitled Emerging Technology and Young Children: Learning in the 21st Century
, on October 19-20, 2009. (ESHA member Paula Carreiro)
The Institute for Excellence in Teaching at Belmont Day School (MA) is offering a fall seminar series
including: Schooling in America: Theoretical and Social Context
on October 13 and Risks, Challenges, Policies, and Politics
on November 10, 2009. (ESHA member Lenesa Leana)
St. Thomas Parish Day School (FL) has been selected as a Dream in Green School
, one of 50 from a field of 200 applicants to participate in a Dade County initiative to create environmentally sustainable schools. (ESHA member Kris Matteson Charlton)
Presbyterian Day School (TN) opened its new Norma T. Wilson Early Childhood Center
in August. (ESHA member Lee Burns)
New websites were launched recently by St. Matthew's Parish School
(CA), St. Mark's Episcopal School
(TX), The Buckley School
(NY), Sonoma Country Day School
(CA), and Presbyterian Day School
(TN). (ESHA members Les Frost, Merrill Hall, Greg O'Melia, Brad Weaver, Lee Burns)
Conference attendees, in particular, will enjoy reading Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna
(National Geographic, 2003), a compelling young-adult book written by Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton. Lekuton will speak to ESHA members about his life's journey and its relevance to "Leading in an Interconnected World" on the Monday morning of the conference.
Harvard Graduate School of Education's Ed.magazine, Winter 2007
, offers an excerpt.
Check out ESHA's Facebook page
On ESHA's Facebook page, you'll find announcements about ESHA activities as well as links to Facebook fan pages for more than 60 independent elementary schools that could be useful as you consider your school's communication strategies. You'll find us at Elementary School Heads Association
. Check us out and become a fan! Not yet a Facebook user? You can see our most recent Facebook postings on the ESHA website
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