Seattle Girls' School Blog

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June 20, 2014

A Farewell to our Dean

Dear SGS Community, It is with a heavy heart that I write to you announcing the departure of our beloved Dean of Faculty, Sally McLaughlin. Beyond her incredible work and deep impact, Sally has been “the heart” of SGS for a decade. Yes, she fulfilled her goal of making SGS as great a place for […]

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March 24, 2014

The USA is #36 and it may not matter!

Last week, The Atlantic followed up its provocative question back in the fall, “Are Private Schools Worth it?” (my response here) with “The Never-Ending Controversy Over All-Girls Education.” At the risk of beating a dead horse, I am going to wade right back into the ongoing blogging barrage regarding the efficacy of educational models, which […]

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December 12, 2013

What about grades?

In one week, we are all headed into a well-deserved holiday break. AT SGS, adults and students alike are working very hard toward achieving goals that support a thriving teaching and learning community. We are growing our urban garden even in frigid weather. We have engineered contraptions, robot artists, geo-luminescent structures, and Ewok villages throughout […]

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November 19, 2013

What about single-gender schools?

Recently, I responded via blog to the question posed in The Atlantic regarding the value of private schools. I concluded that independent schools, a subset of private schools that serve “purely academic purposes,” are indeed worth it because they help children become better people as well as great scholars. What about another subset of private […]

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November 11, 2013

Veteran’s Day

I want to take the opportunity of this Veteran’s Day to highlight a woman of great significance featured at each year’s SGS luncheon, Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper. At our annual luncheon we honor women in our community who have achieved great things in their chosen field with the Grace Hopper Awards. It is our […]

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October 23, 2013

Are private schools worth it?

The recently published book, The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools poses a very valid question, “are private schools worth it?” Independent schools, a distinct category of private schools, have been posing this question for some time given that we promote the “value add” of our education – rigorous academics that are directed […]

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September 30, 2013

A Rigorous Debate on “Academic Rigor”

I must confess that I am starting to grow weary of the “academic rigor” conversation that pits skill development, mastery, and a prescribed cannon of knowledge against creativity, collaboration, and imagination.  Does a school need to choose one side or the other as it gathers evidence of success for its students and, in turn, for […]

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September 5, 2013

Living in a School Community

For new families, I hope that it is becoming clear to you that you are joining a very unique school. What does it mean to be a member of the SGS community? What are our rights, and what are our responsibilities to each other? Next week, I will speak to the girls about recognizing the power […]

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