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
Oh, the places they go!
I love hearing stories about our alumni.
Whether reminiscing about my advisee who got her tongue pierced the day she turned 18 (she's now an attorney, married to a rabbi, in Palm Springs), thinking about a Senior with a mischievous glint in his eye (he's now training doctors, based on his experience battling ebola in Guinea), or meeting a one-time high school trumpeter (who now lives on a houseboat in Paris and makes his living as a jazz musician), I love to see the surprising paths our students take from DA outward.
Our mission compels us to equip students for moral, happy, productive lives. Of course we focus our efforts on the earliest chapters of those lives. But most of a moral, happy, productive life is lived after age 18. What fun, then, to interact with our alumni and hear the ways in which their early chapters help them write better lives for themselves.
This weekend our graduates gathered for their annual Alumni Reunions, Click here to see the gallery of photos from Friday's picnic, Saturday morning's alumni lacrosse game, and Saturday evening's party in downtown Durham.
Amidst all the festivities, a dozen DA graduates joined me and several other administrators for the second of sixteen listening sessions for our Strategic Plan. In the coming weeks I'll travel to San Francisco, New York and Boston to hear more from our alumni about what mattered most during their time at DA, what lessons proved most useful in their later lives, and what might have been missing from their DA educations. I can't wait to hear what they have to say.
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