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-Steiner, Head of School
3 idealists + 1 mission + 8 years + 1000 allies = . . . come Tuesday and find out.
Eight years ago, I sat down with three college students who claimed they wanted to change the world. Such claims are not uncommon.
What proved entirely uncommon was the mission of that young trio and the way in which one of those three students has galvanized hundreds of people to support it.
The mission is simple: to empower students in the Durham Public Schools to own their education by developing the academic skills and personal well-being necessary to succeed in college and beyond.
The program that has grown to support that mission is Student U. Click here to see their website and read more about the program.
Today, nearly 400 DPS students spend their summers at Durham Academy and their autumns, winters, and springs pursuing their academic dreams at dozens of Durham public middle and high schools.
This month, the pioneer class of Student U will begin their own college journeys. Click here to see the Herald Sun’s story on Student U’s festive College Signing Day. Or see the photo above to know how quickly time has flown for the founding trio (Student U’s pioneers were just 5th Graders when we took the picture in their hands).
This Tuesday, Student U hosts its summer Community Visit Day from 8:30 – 10:00 AM. This is the most efficient way to learn about the program; see its students, teachers, and leaders in action; and walk away encouraged about the future of Durham. Click here to RSVP.
I’ll be there and hope to see you too.
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