Head of School Archive

March 02, 2018

Dr. Walker's Reading List

Looking for an interesting read?  Here's a selection of books recommended by our head of school, Dr. Walker: A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown Play by Stuart Brown, M.D. Grit by Angela Duckworth Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. Neuro Teach... » read more
February 07, 2018

How We Support and Advance the Learning of Our Students

In a moment of public vulnerability at the Room Parents meeting last week, I disclosed my newfound infatuation with the accreditation process organized by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).  I confessed that in the previous ten accreditations I have been involved with... » read more
December 13, 2017

Gateway to the Holiday Season

The joyful music, song, and voices of our students in the holiday assemblies have become the gateway to the season for me. Our spirits are lifted and the tone is set as we prepare gatherings with family and friends. As we head into a well-deserved winter vacation after this Friday, I want to... » read more
November 17, 2017

With Gratitude

A sign of a vibrant school is when every constituency, from the students to the adults, is vigorously engaged in learning.  That is clearly the case at San Francisco Day School. Every day I see the looks of concentration on the faces of students, along with their animated engagement and joyful... » read more
September 20, 2017

Intellects and Imaginations Intertwined

I was standing in the doorway of my office the other morning as students flooded upstairs at the beginning of another new school day.  It gave me great delight to watch a cluster of children slow down to examine the curricular murals along the main hallway.  I loved the way they playfully... » read more
August 29, 2017

A Joyful, Vibrant First Day of School

One of life’s pure pleasures is the uplifting energy of children filling a school at the beginning of a new year.  Much like the paths of the sun and the moon aligning during the eclipse, the way our children sought out and found friends, teachers, and classrooms during the first... » read more
May 11, 2017

In Full Bloom

Dear Community,  Just as the longer days, sunnier skies, and warmer spring air awakens the greenery of San Francisco, these final months also bring the learning that has been germinating throughout the school year to full bloom.  This is expressed most vividly during the soirees, art... » read more
March 09, 2017

Looking In and Looking Out

Design thinkers look both within and outside of their organizations as a source of insight and inspiration.  Similarly, schools can better understand their own practices and culture through gathering information from their own constituencies, while also looking outside of their school for... » read more
January 18, 2017

Celebrating Democracy and the Values Upon Which It Is Built

As I sat quietly on the morning of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, my reflections were influenced by the Friday afternoon Buddy Day activities at school.  The children, in mixed age groups (which is, in my opinion, SFDS at its best), spent the afternoon learning about this extraordinary... » read more
December 06, 2016

Ushering in the Holiday Season with Gratitude and Collaboration

The musical expression of children is always such a moving way to usher in the holiday season. Their joyful voices lift our spirits and the look on their faces as they sing and perform warms us to the core of our being. Inspired by the music teachers’ masterful orchestration, after the Thanksgiving... » read more
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