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Making Technology Purposeful and Balanced in the Home
October 19, 2017
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By Wildwood Technology Team   A twenty-first century parent has more to manage than just monitoring their child’s television show content and making sure they are home for dinner before the sun sets. While the benefits of technology use for learning are practically endless, personal devices and internet access have brought a set of new […]
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The Head’s Perspective: Mastery Transcript Consortium
September 22, 2017
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  Click here to listen to this blog.   Just a few years ago I was sitting in the admissions office at a highly selective technical institute, asking the question I always ask when I get time alone with a college admissions representative: What do they know of current undergraduates that would inform our work […]
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Back to School of Thoughtful Learning
September 7, 2017
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach Parents of Wildwood students have thoughtfully chosen our approach for their children. They know the Wildwood way intentionally matches academic rigor with attention to students’ full social-emotional development. That approach is integral to our progressive philosophy—getting kids to college and helping them thrive there, and in their lives beyond. […]
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From Service to Community: 8th Graders Bond with Veterans
May 10, 2017
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By Megen O’Keefe, Division Two Humanities Teacher   “There are so many stories,” says 8th Grader Vivian O., perfectly capturing the essence of the day. The connection between Wildwood’s Division Two students and New Directions for Veterans during the day of service was undeniable.   On Friday, April 28, 130 middle school students boarded buses […]
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Our Reputation Precedes Us
May 9, 2017
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach   Wildwood School directly serves about 750 students each year. However, Wildwood’s influence extends far beyond our walls through the Wildwood Outreach Center—shaping teaching, learning, and school reform here in California, across the United States, and around the world.   Wildwood’s reputation as an institution at the leading edge […]
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The Head’s Perspective: The Sound of Music, WWII, and Depth Over Breadth
March 14, 2017
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Meeting a Holocaust survivor is humbling. I’m sure it’s different for each of us, depending on our own perspective and history, but hearing the stories of survivors—like Paula Lebovics, who spoke at middle and upper last week—inevitably leaves us feeling horrified, sad, and grateful to be in the presence of someone who’s experienced the unthinkable […]
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The Wildwood Way To University Partnership
January 18, 2017
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach   This week four veteran Wildwood teachers embarked on an important adventure as the inaugural mentors to four graduate teaching candidates from the USC Rossier School of Education.   A year of conversations about this exceptional collaboration led to this initiative that brings together carefully selected teachers-in-training with classroom […]
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The Head’s Perspective: Focus on Diversity at Wildwood
January 5, 2017
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  Assistant head of school Melinda Tsapatsaris and I participated in a book discussion this fall, a conversation about J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. Both Melinda and I were raised in working class communities, she outside of Columbus, Ohio and me outside of Allentown, Pennsylvania. We’ve often […]
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Advisory Is Essential­—Every Day
December 1, 2016
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach   Every student in Wildwood’s middle school begins each day with advisory.   Advisory is a time and place intentionally positioned to provide a bridge between the school day and students’ lives outside of school. That sounds simple, even obvious, and Wildwood’s middle and upper schools were founded with […]
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Global Citizenship and World Languages: Our Mission in Action
November 2, 2016
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Well over a year ago, my colleagues and I began a process to reconsider how we approach language instruction at Wildwood. Having reviewed scholarly research, best practices in other school environments, and having structured conversations with teachers, administrative leaders, parents, and students, I’m enthusiastic about the introduction of our K-12 Global Citizenship and World Languages […]