Upward: Our Head of School's Blog

Published October 22, 2015
In the business world, the words, “value proposition,” are frequently used to determine what attracts the market towards a given product or service. In our...
Published May 16, 2015
One year ago this week, I sat in the Common staring up at the lovely melting ice flows just south of the school. That view, among many others in the Valley,...
Published April 28, 2015
Our building is at the heart of who we are. It was built to be the physical embodiment of an educational philosophy where all three divisions learn together...
Published March 30, 2015
This is the third in my series of blog entries related to our 2015 Five Year Vision. As I have indicated in my past posts, this Five Year Vision is my job...
Published March 16, 2015
My last blog entry focused on the genesis of our new five-year vision. My next four will highlight each of the major initiatives that will set VMS on a...
Published March 6, 2015
Last spring, a very committed and passionate VMS parent sat in my office and complimented the school on the smooth transition of leadership and progress we had made...
Published December 2, 2014
Every organization, whether non-profit or for-profit, educational or industrial, forms patterns of communication that, over time, become part of the fabric...
Published: September 23, 2014
One of the great side benefits of being in the field of education is summertime. For me this time provides the perfect occasion to step out of my hectic...
Published: May 22, 2014
Recently, I have had numerous conversations with parents who are very apprehensive about their children experiencing setbacks, failure, loss or even frustration...
Published: April 2, 2014
For the record, I am a ferocious reader.  And as an educator, I know that the more a student reads, the better that student reads.  That is an...
Published: March 14, 2014
In my last blog post, I referenced a conversation I had with leaders of other local schools about bullying. Each of us felt a personal responsibility to...
Published: March 2, 2014
Recently, I was discussing the subject of bullying and social aggression with a number of school leaders here in Colorado. All agreed that there is a great...
Published: December 20, 2013
For me, the holidays present an opportune time to step back, take a deep breath and reflect on the past year. And what a year it has been! In doing so, I...
Published: November 7, 2013
A recent issue of the Harvard Education Letter, published by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, highlighted new initiatives that focused on students...
Published: October 2, 2013
In the 1970s, when the first thinking machines were introduced into classrooms, I taught at an extremely progressive middle school. Well-funded and forward...
Published: September 10, 2013
You’ve probably heard me say that most parents would rather have their child learn from a great teacher in a cave than from a mediocre teacher in a palace...
Published: August 28, 2013
I’ve started this blog as a means to share my thoughts and reflections as Head of Vail Mountain School. Ultimately, I hope to use this forum as a means to...