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Bringing the values of traditional education into the 21st century.
Bringing the values of traditional education into the 21st century.

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We invite academic leaders everywhere to join Jonathan Martin, myself, and engaged colleagues for the Independent Curriculum Group’s fall 2015 Academic Leaders Retreats. The first will be held at Whispering Pines Conference Center West Greenwich, RI, October 21–23 and the second at Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center in Abiquiu, NM, November 4–6.

These events are opportunities for educators from around the country to come together to discuss the challenges facing schools and to learn—and share—methods and techniques for achieving strategic success and building personal and institutional capacity. Along with facilitated sessions on “Meeting the Challenge of Being an Academic Leader in 2015” and “Better Questions: Applying Change Science to Strategic Initiatives,” there will also be several UnConference sessions in which participants explore areas of particular concern to themselves or their schools. Each retreat is set in a comfortable location with great food and is designed to be a space of true “unanxious expectation” that inspires good fellowship and lasting professional bonds.

For more information and a link to registration for Academic Leaders Retreat EAST in Rhode Island: http://independentcurriculum.org/2015-academic-leaders-retreat-east/

For more information and a link to registration for Academic Leaders Retreat WEST in New Mexico: http://independentcurriculum.org/academic-leaders-retreat-2015-west-the-icg-goes-to-new-mexico/

Both sites are close to regional airports, and shuttle service will be provided between Ghost Ranch and the Albuquerque airport.

To find out more about the Independent Curriculum Group and its work, check out our website at http://independentcurriculum.org/

We look forward to seeing you or someone from your school at one of these events, and we urge you to pass this message along to anyone you know who might be interested.

Thanks, and all good wishes—Peter Gow

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We invite academic leaders everywhere to join Jonathan Martin, myself, and engaged colleagues for the Independent Curriculum Group’s fall 2015 Academic Leaders Retreats. The first will be held at Whispering Pines Conference Center in West Greenwich, RI, October 21–23 and the second at Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center in Abiquiu, NM, November 4–6.

These events are opportunities for educators from around the country to come together to discuss the challenges facing schools and to learn—and share—methods and techniques for achieving strategic success and building personal and institutional capacity. Along with facilitated sessions on “Meeting the Challenge of Being an Academic Leader in 2015” and “Better Questions: Applying Change Science to Strategic Initiatives,” there will also be several UnConference sessions in which participants explore areas of particular concern to themselves or their schools. Each retreat is set in a comfortable location with great food and is designed to be a space of true “unanxious expectation” that inspires good fellowship and lasting professional bonds.

Click in the linked article below for more information on these events and further links to registration.

Both sites are close to regional airports, and shuttle service will be provided between Ghost Ranch and the Albuquerque airport.

To find out more about the Independent Curriculum Group and its work, go to www.independentcurriculum.org. You can also find a list of our current Partner schools and organizations on the "About" page of our website.

We look forward to seeing you or someone from your school at one of these events, and we urge you to pass this message along to anyone you know who might be interested.

Thanks, and all good wishes—Peter Gow 

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Peter Gow
Executive Director
The Independent Curriculum Group (a 501c3 organization)
781-249-0988
pgow@independentcurriculum.org

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Some teachers just can't seem to ge their grades in or return work to students. It's more than time management; they know something we try to ignore.

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Some rather bleak reflections on the way we actually treat children, as opposed to the way we claim to want to treat them. If you're a Not Your Father's School subscriber, you might want to make sure you're subscribing from the new location.

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How Twitter can help parents as well as educators find ways to talk about Ferguson and social justice.

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The Original Disruptor: A Cautionary Reflection on DEAD POETS SOCIETY
The tragic death of Robin Williams has moved us all, no matter what our special memories of his oeuvre might be: Mork, Adrian Cronauer, Peter Pan, or even John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt in one of my favorite films, To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie ...

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Twitter As the New Sampler, and Reflections on Words of Wisdom
In some ways my summer Twitter feed is an extension of the visits to historic sites that my antiquarian family (first with my parents, later with my children) has been making all of my life. On some wall of every Colonial or 19th-century or early 20th-centu...

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Some thoughts on how schools ought to be preparing for their futures.

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Strategic Thinking and—School Therapy?
Over the past few years I have found myself moving in circles that involve school advancement as much as the teaching-and-learning side of the house. Here I have been made privy to both the anxieties of independent school leaders on matters like enrollment ...

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A Letter to New Teachers
Note: This post originally appeared here in July of 2011. It has proved to be both popular and durable, and as the 2014-15 school year approaches, it seems appropriate to re-post it— PG In a very few weeks school will be starting, and you will be starting a...
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