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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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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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Advisory Is Essential–But It Isn’t Everything
March 3, 2016
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“Good schooling is built on the oldest idea around: you learn by the company you keep.” ~ Deborah Meier, NYU Professor of Education & Small Schools Reform Advocate   One mantra in my work as Wildwood’s Outreach Director is “Advisory is Essential.” Those words emphasize that caring, positive relationships among students and with the caring […]
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Something To Talk About
September 9, 2015
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach   On the first day of school this year on our elementary campus, over one hundred 4th and 5th graders gathered in the Commons to find peers with whom they have something in common. Human Bingo. Literally. The students walked around, each with a sheet paper in his or […]
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Pass The Wildwood Advisory Program: Top International Schools Reaching For Our Secret Sauce
March 18, 2015
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach At the most prestigious international college prep schools in the world, academics are extremely important. Kids work hard and there are uniformly high expectations for performance and college matriculation. And, increasingly, these schools are borrowing from the Wildwood Way. This month I spent some time at Singapore American School […]
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The Wildwood Way: At Home and Abroad
February 19, 2015
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach The Wildwood Way finds fertile ground in all kinds of schools, public and private, here at home and around the globe. Last week The Wildwood Outreach Center held an advisory workshop where we trained half of the faculty from LA’s Para Los Niños (PLN) Charter Middle School. They were […]
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Wildwood Defines Educational Best Practice…Worldwide. Seriously.
November 6, 2014
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That sounds really grandiose, I know. But I have every reason to believe it’s true. I just got back from a five day engagement working with faculty at Singapore American School, one the largest and most prestigious American schools overseas. They selected The Wildwood Outreach Center after three visits to Wildwood’s campuses over the past […]