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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Three portraits and the long view

As our most recent Strategic Plan makes plain, ours is a community that isn’t afraid to dream big, to aim high, to bite off more than can apparently be chewed by one organization at one time. I am glad and grateful — not to mention challenged and energized — that we aspire to such lasting and meaningful work.

We have now begun the second school year of our five-year plan. It would be fair to ask:

  • What have we accomplished?
  • What remains on our to-do list?
  • Where will we spend our most focused time and energy this year?

Many of the answers to the first two questions can be found in the summer issue of the Durham Academy magazine.

This issue, with its cover art by DA alumnus Alex Isley '80, was designed as something of a collectors’ edition — more than …

Posted by mulkus on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 09:58AM
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Our labor, refreshed and refocused by parent opinions

 Happy Labor Day!

Our youngest students have nearly two weeks of classes under their belts. Their elders spent a few days in class before heading out to the North Carolina coast, the Appalachian mountains or the Civil Rights landmarks of Greensboro, Atlanta, Selma and Birmingham (click here to see our experiential education trips for grades 5-12).

After a deep (and blissfully cool!) breath this weekend, we now buckle down – and buckle up for a full, fast, fall semester.

Labor Day offers a clean slate for resolutions and reinventions. In “September is Your Second-Chance January,” Melissa Dahl writes of the findings of researchers from Penn’s Wharton School regarding “temporal landmarks” and the useful opportunities they provide for fresh starts …

Posted by mulkus on Saturday September 3, 2016
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