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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Ice, Ice, Maybe

Tuesday night my favorite student emailed me to issue a personal challenge.  

In fact "favorite student" is a title claimed not by me but rather by him - the sufficiently confident Sophomore Quade Lukes.  

Longtime Heads Up readers may enjoy knowing that Quade was the "vulnerable, delicate, and fragile" Freshman whose older brother begged for a snow day last January. Click here to read that episode of Lukes family chutzpah. 

Quade's challenge arrived in the form of a 19-second video. Here it is. 

Yesterday I was joined by a few friends to film the riposte. Here it is - dedicated to our friend and frequent hero Chris Rosati (DA class of 1989). Now we wait and see if those we challenged will rise to the occasion. 

Click here to read more about Chris's BIGG (Big Ideas for the Greater Good) Premiere and to see links to the three stories about him that have appeared on CBS's "On the Road" with Steve Hartman

Posted by Michael Ulku-Steiner on Wednesday August, 13, 2014


Perfect! I would expect nothing less from our leaders who already have experience with videos gone viral! Well done and for an exceedingly worthy cause!
from Virginia Hall on 08/14/14 at 05:42PM


I have been trying to think of an intelligent and witty response to your recent post regarding Dylan and Quade - and truly the main reason I think both of my boys are able to write you a letter / or challenge you is due to their positive opinion of you. Being able to involve you in / with / their humor is a huge compliment..... not sure it feels that way to you - but it is :)

Just to warn you - their siblings, Ethan and Ona, of course think they are even funnier than Dylan and Quade. So no telling what the future holds.


from Andrea Lukes on 08/21/14 at 02:11PM

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