Author Archives: Emily Hyland

Should students check their laptops at the classroom door?

Should students check their laptops at the classroom door? Jessica Flaxman, a former Masters student at Klingenstein and current Director of Studies at Charlotte Country Day School  in NC summarizes Robert Lee Hotz’s new article “Can Handwriting Make You Smarter?” quite well and makes the EA Team wonder … Continue reading

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Looking Back and Moving Forward: End of School Year Reflections

As we head into the final stretches of the school year, each teacher and student should take time to reflect on the highs and lows of the year. What worked? What flopped? How can you improve for next year? What … Continue reading

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Character Development in Our Schools: The Importance of Grit

Character development and how to measure it in students is a particularly hot topic currently among independent school educators. Angela Duckworth, a Psychology Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the Founder and Scientific Director of Character Lab (which she … Continue reading

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The best MakerSpace is between your own ears!

“The best MakerSpace is between your own ears!” These words of wisdom came from Gary Stager, PhD, lecturer and renowned leader in the Maker movement. The EA team had the pleasure of hearing Gary speak at this year’s ATLIS (Association of Technology … Continue reading

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EA Heads to the ATLIS 2016 National Conference

Team EA is gearing up for next week’s ATLIS 2016 National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. We look forward to connecting with old friends and new at this meeting of independent school technology leaders. Are you attending? Reach out to us … Continue reading

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Getting In: Admissions and the Private School World

While there are many differences between independent and public schools, one of the biggest is the existence of an admissions office. In order to attend a private school, be it a boarding school such as Lawrenceville or Taft or a … Continue reading

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EA Attends the NAIS Annual Conference

The National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference is an exclamation point on the work we do here at Educator’s Ally. Administrators and teachers from across the country will gather this week in San Francisco to partake in their biggest … Continue reading

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Learning by Doing: The Maker Space Movement

As we visit schools throughout the year, meeting with administrators about their hiring needs and new initiatives, we come away with invaluable knowledge about the types of skills that make candidates most appealing for private school jobs. One trend in … Continue reading

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Development Professionals: Why Independent Schools Are Actively Hiring Them

The culture of philanthropy in independent schools is at once remarkable and essential. It is because of the generosity of alumni, parents, faculty and administrators that independent schools can and do create exceptional programs and facilities for the benefit of … Continue reading

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Back to School Night: Helping Teachers Get Good Grades

It’s that time of year again: the time when parents of independent school students everywhere head into the classroom for Back to School Night. Ostensibly, the purpose of this ritual is for parents to gain some insight into the academic … Continue reading

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