Article: Summer Jobs for All City High School Students

[I couldn’t agree more. One of my priorities is matching students with summer opportunities, which in 8th grade often doesn’t mean paid work (much to my students frustration). My summer experiences in high school (mostly babysitting, but also other opportunities) gave me confidence, experience, responsibility, independence, and, of course, money. These positions mostly appeared through…

Article: Your School Shapes How You Think About Inequality

[This article resonates with me in two ways. First, as I continue trying to guide my 8th graders through the high school application process, we confront questions of diversity and integration. There are no white students in the 8th grade at my school, so students who choose to go to exam schools, Catholic schools, private…

Video: Middle School Moment

[This originally came out in 2012 but it is particularly salient as I begin to embark on a second year of guiding 8th graders through the high school application process. My school seems to be pretty on top of flagging these issues and following up, but I wonder about the students who want to leap…

Back to School Bar-B-Q

Last Wednesday we had a back to school bar-b-q in the schoolyard. It was blisteringly hot out, but the littlest kids didn’t seem to notice. They were running around, channelling┬ábeginning-of-school nerves into boisterous energy. As adults, we huddled in the limited patches of shade, fanning ourselves, and wishing for the AC just inside the door….

Podcast: This American Life Episode 550: Three Miles

[Really hits close to home — none of our 8th graders got into independent school but several visited. How do we help them manage the distance between these schools? How do we ensure that they make it through high school and through college? What do we do to close that gap? How can we get…

Article: A New Study Reveals Much About How Parents Really Choose Schools

[We’re wrapping up high school application season and entering notification season — no tears so far but we anticipate disappoint and euphoria and, related to this article, tough decisions for families. How will parents select what schools their student attends? Intriguing thoughts below. (Also thanks Thomas for passing this along to me!)] A New Study…