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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Labor pains and pleasures

Teaching at DA is both more demanding and more satisfying than teaching in many other environments. A perfect encapsulation of those satisfying demands: the past week of outdoor education trips

Ours is certainly a family-friendly workplace for teachers (click here to see our recent recognition as one of the 50 family-friendliest organizations in North Carolina). But once a year we ask nearly all our teachers in Grades 4-12 to leave their homes and families for 2-6 days to travel with our students. The trips are varied, fun and critically important in our program. Still, they require real sacrifices from our teachers. As Labor Day approaches, I am grateful for the creativity, flexibility, and care offered by our traveling faculty. 

Labor of love indeed. 

Posted by mulkus on Saturday August, 30, 2014


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