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Visiting Authors Inspire Wildwood Middle and Upper School Students
November 15, 2018
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By Michelle Simon, Middle and Upper School Head Librarian   There is nothing like an engaging author visit to invigorate a school community and ignite the desire for story and storytelling. The library speaker series at the Wildwood middle and upper school welcomed both Jason Reynolds and Ellen Oh this fall. Excitement still lingers after […]
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The Protégé Effect
October 17, 2018
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach   One of the best ways to deepen learning is by teaching—both knowledge and skills—to someone else. Researchers call this practice the protégé effect, and it’s the philosophy behind many of the ways student learning happens at Wildwood. Our teachers also tap the benefits of the protégé effect through […]
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The Head’s Perspective: Welcome to the Revolution?
June 27, 2018
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“Welcome to the revolution!” That’s how a Wildwood parent framed an email providing me with the link to a Washington Post article in which eight prominent Washington, DC area independent schools announced their decision to eliminate their Advanced Placement (AP) programs. The “revolution” comment was, of course, a nod to the fact that Wildwood School […]
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Wildwood Eighth Grader Brandon J. Speaks to FDA On Behalf of EB Community
April 30, 2018
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By Andrea Joseph, Wildwood Parent   On Friday, April 6, 8th grade student Brandon J. flew to Maryland to speak at a patient-focused drug development panel with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), advocating for treatments for Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare genetic disorder that Brandon was born with. The drawback to previous research has been a […]
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Come On In. We’re Awesome!
March 1, 2018
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach Educators are always welcome to visit and learn from us at Wildwood School. And folks take me up on that every week. Already in 2018, among our guests, I’ve had the opportunity to host: A team of charter school leaders from the Accelerated Schools in South L.A. looking to […]
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Wildwood Senior Seminar Visits Doctors Without Borders Exhibit
January 4, 2018
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By Tassie Hadlock-Plitz, Senior Seminar Faculty   No amount of classroom learning could prepare the Human Rights Senior Seminar class for their simulated experience at the Forced From Home exhibit sponsored by Doctors Without Borders. After riding the Metro Expo line from Wildwood to the Santa Monica Pier, the students followed Dr. Ahmed Abdalrazag through […]
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Transition by Design
November 30, 2017
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By Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach   When students move from elementary to middle school, they go from being the oldest, and most respected kids on campus to the youngest, and often smallest, residents on a campus that not only looks but also feels unfamiliar. Their academic and social lives can change considerably between 5th […]
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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. […]