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You love your school. I know, every organization has its days where you may not love it as much, but our love for our school, our students, families and staff is really what keeps us going. The joy of students learning fills our hearts. The satisfied pride and humbling honor that comes from a parent telling you that your school changed their child’s life can bring us to our knees. This is why we...
  By Alex Inman
Been there, done that. “I said a bad word.” I murmured in a childlike voice. It was all I could come up with as they stared at us from below and offered supportive shout outs. I had just screamed a one-word profanity, as Will Laughlin and I, together, fell from the high wire. Dangling by the ropes, harnesses and the trust of our belays on the ground, I felt failure. Swearing was a fear and...
  By Amy Root
The Network for Independent School Equity (NISE) Story Why NISE? Why now? I don’t quite remember the conversation that started the brainstorm. But somehow, Melissa Lawlor and I ended up in a cafe in Wolfeboro, NH scratching out notes on a napkin last summer. Those doodles were hope. They were the imaginings of how we might just make our communities a little bigger, our schools a little...
  By Jini Rae Sparkman
When I come back from the People of Color Conference every year, I always tend to look raggedy and exhausted the next few days. I spend weeks processing everything that happened in that short conference time frame. This stems from a long and complicated history with my identity, and much of that is wrapped up in this conference, which I first attended as a young, bright-eyed first year teacher at...
  By Melissa Lawlor
As I approach the sunset of my 32 years as an independent school educator at New Hampton School, reminiscing is at a premium. While some friends consider my work environment and experience odd—­in my specific case, living on a boarding school campus, raising my family in a communal environment, and working where my day extends beyond the academic hours—I cannot imagine another life course. The...
  By Jennifer Berry
Coming to KUA as an Interim Head has been one of the major highpoints in my career. I’m delighted to be a newbie in ISANNE and appreciate the good wishes from my new colleagues; I certainly learned a lot at the fall conference. I have been the long-term Head at four schools for a total of 28 years, so this is year 29 as Head of something. Being an Interim is different than being a “real” head...
  By Pam Clarke
One of the highlights of the annual ISANNE Business Officers conference earlier this month was a memorable performance by the Heronfield band. Not only were they amazingly talented, but the concert served to ground the conference in what is truly important: supporting young people as they grow and learn. For a group of business office professionals more familiar with spreadsheets and dark offices...
  By Steve Solberg
Walk into any school in the country at this time of year, and you are sure to observe lessons of gratitude. It is cultivated in community service projects like providing Thanksgiving meals to local families, holding a coat drive, toy drive, can drive. It is seen in class projects with the local assisted living facility, or even in the carefully crafted art projects lovingly created as holiday...
  By Meredith Morin
A.L.I.C.E.; Run, Hide, Fight; C.R.A.S.E; there are many different acronyms for ways to handle active intruder situations and determining which one is right for your school can be difficult. The start of this school year, we adopted A.L.I.C.E. ( Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate). I attended a training 2-years ago, other staff attended C.R.A.S.E last year, and we looked into the FBI’s Run...
  By Dr. Timothy Powers
We live in a world of diminished resources. In rural New England our student population is shrinking - rapidly. As a result, competition for students has risen dramatically, even within the public school sector. Our major donors are increasingly pressed by a larger and larger pool of worthy applicants for a finite sum of money. The response of many schools is to circle their proverbial wagons....
  By Michael Livingston

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