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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My New Year's Role Model

With 2016 now just hours away, I have narrowed my list of potential new year’s resolutions to one: be more loving, patient, and generous – starting with my family relationships. My role model for this project: my friend Chris Rosati.

If you don’t know Chris already, he’s the Durham Academy alumnus whose creativity, resilience and love have stirred a hurricane of kindness across the country. Think this sounds hyperbolic? Watch Chris’s five appearances on CBS News “On The Road” with Steve Hartman. 

Chris was not a model student at Durham Academy. His teachers remember him as an earnest person, a …

Posted by mulkus on Thursday December 31, 2015
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Who's got next?

This week, amidst significant curiosity and excitement on campus, we hosted the first pair of finalist candidates for our Upper School Director position (to be vacated by Lee Hark on July 1 as he moves into a fuller-time assignment as DA’s Associate Head of School). Click here to read about Lee’s new role and see our US Director opportunity statement.

In January we’ll host four more finalists – among them DA’s Assistant US Director and Registrar Verle Regnerus and US Dean of Students Lanis Wilson. With more than 100 applicants for the position, these two beloved DA community members have shown courage in entering the race and capacity in challenging semifinalist interviews.

The finalist interviews are as grueling as they are revealing. Over two days, the …

Posted by mulkus on Sunday December 13, 2015
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We believe in laughter.

“We believe in laughter,” I said this morning to a few dozen prospective Durham Academy. parents. They came for our Upper School Tour and Information Session – invited by our able admissions team and eager to dive beneath the surface of our website, viewbook, reputation, and admissions statistics.

Some parents seemed surprised when I mentioned that laughter and its pals (joy, whimsy, happiness and surprise) are at the core of our mission and program. I do not exaggerate, for DA’s mission compels us to equip students for “moral, happy, productive” lives. While morality and productivity rarely surprise visitors to our campus, they are often struck by the smiles per hour and lighthearted rapport they witness here.

The positive psychology movement has …

Posted by mulkus on Tuesday December 1, 2015
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