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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 Competence 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 Competence and World Languages […]
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This is Your Brain on Math
October 20, 2016
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach   Wildwood Division One math teacher, Drew Brody, is helping 6th graders change their minds—literally—about their mathematical abilities.   Strong or weak, confident or reluctant—students have various descriptions of themselves as math learners.   Mr. B., as he’s known to students, understands how those self-perceptions work on many levels, […]
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From Bangkok to the Inland Empire: The Wildwood Way Influences Teaching and Learning
September 7, 2016
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“Good schooling is built on the oldest idea around: you learn by the company you keep.” ~ Deborah Meier, Founder Central Park East School & Professor, NYU Steinhardt School of Education   When students and teachers keep good company together the benefits are clear for all—higher academic achievement for kids and higher job satisfaction for adults. It’s […]
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The Head’s Perspective: Ben, Becca, and the Extra Space After a Period.
June 2, 2016
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As another academic year comes to an end and we prepare to part ways for a well-earned summer break, I’m reflecting happily and with great pride on the year about to close. One of my proudest moments involved looking out over the 300 or so people gathered in the elementary Commons for this spring’s State […]
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ASM Meets ZPD: What’s That?
May 12, 2016
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach   There’s a Wildwood tradition that’s a familiar rite of passage on our elementary campus, and fairly unique almost everywhere else. Every Friday, it looks something like this:   An 11 year-old stands on a lighted stage, the sole focus of a crowd of over 400 people. She’s there […]
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The Head’s Perspective: Black Mountain College
April 28, 2016
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All roads seem to have led to Black Mountain College recently, or at least to the wonderful exhibition of work at the Hammer. We were in Berlin over spring break, and I went to the Hamburger Banhoff, Berlin’s contemporary art museum, to see an amazing show, Manifesto, by Julian Rosefeldt. I hadn’t realized that Leap […]
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Wildwood Seniors Fundraise for Nepal Foundation
April 14, 2016
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Dear Wildwood Community, Let us first introduce ourselves as Julia Broudy, Lily Braunstein, and Grace Knobler.  We are three Wildwood seniors who have been a part of the Wildwood community since elementary school.  During high school, the three of us had the opportunity to travel to Nepal through the International Community Involvement program (ICI). On […]