Heads Up

Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to: 

  • connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
  • share ideas about learning and human development;
  • spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy. 

Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing. 

Michael Ulku-SteinerHead of School 

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DA dad takes on Whitey Bulger

In the car between our campuses today, I heard some compelling stories from the voice of DA parent and Duke Law Professor Sam Buell - a guest on WUNC's The State of Things. From their website:

Politics fascinated Samuel Buell at a young age. As a boy, watching the Watergate Hearings he knew something momentous was happening, though he didn't understand the full significance until later. The draw to politics eventually led him to a career as a federal prosecutor, where he worked on high profile cases including the prosecution of mobster Whitey Bulger and the collapse of the Enron Corporation. Host Frank Stasio talks to Duke Law Professor Samuel Buell about his time in the legal trenches.


The hour-long show airs again tonight at 9 pm. Click here to see the website of The State of Things

Posted by in Other on Monday September 30, 2013
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Wondrous Advice

Fifth Grade Teacher Avery Goldstein recently challenged the Middle School student body to live up to the spirit of Wonder. Below are her remarks from the MS Community Meeting. Click here to see her slide show introducing the unique and wonderful 5th Graders.


At some point in your life, you will have a dream about being at school in your underwear – or worse.

Maybe it has already happened to you, and if so, you probably woke up with your heart racing, filled with terror. Why is that? Why is the idea of having no clothes on so scary to us, regardless of how old we are?

I think it is because showing up without clothes on would mean having everyone see us without the labels, symbols, trends, and logos that we want people to see so we fit in. Without those shields, we would be seen for…
Posted by in Middle School on Sunday September 29, 2013
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Cav stops #1 team in the nation

The pain of seeing the Tar Heels lose is lessened by watching a DA alumna do the damage.

From the Herald-Sun: Duke upsets No. 1 UNC; ends 3-year ACC streak

CHAPEL HILL — After 100 minutes of field hockey Friday evening at Francis E. Henry Stadium, the ACC battle between No. 13 Duke and No. 1 North Carolina was finally decided by a shootout, with the Blue Devils earning the victory, 3-2. The loss was UNC’s first in regular-season ACC play since 2010 and the first time the Tar Heels have fallen at home since 2011.

“We had plenty of chances but credit goes to Duke’s goalie. I thought Lauren Blazing was outstanding today. Twenty-two saves on the day – that’s an impressive statistic.”

Click here to see an article about Lauren and her sister Robin (…
Posted by in Alumni on Saturday September 28, 2013
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