How to Create High-Quality Connections

Connections happen all around us. We make connections with family members, coworkers, friends, classmates, teachers, and strangers. But have you ever stopped to think about the quality or authenticity of those connections? In a world where we are always on the go, we might not think twice about...

How to Navigate Homework with Your Middle Schooler: The Transition from “Editor-in-Chief" to "Consultant”

I walked into preschool to pick up my 4-year old who proudly exclaimed, “Mommy! I have HOMEWORK tonight!” Indeed, it was our turn to take home the “Class Book” and design a page that described our family, complete with pictures. My frazzled “Mom-Brain” automatically translated his statement to...

Well-Being: The Heart of Education

Positive Education is based on science and research. It enhances resilience and positivity, core values, and creativity. It seeks to improve systems and processes, increase engagement and achievement, and enhance our interactions with others. Furthermore, at the heart of it, Positive Education is...

Managing Screen Time: A Family and Student Partnership to Promote Positive Well-Being

A few weeks ago, my eight-year-old son asked when he would get his own smartphone. Given that he is making his way through Lower School, I feel I have a few years to go before making a final decision. As the Head of Shipley’s Middle School, I see families and students having a hard time with not...

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