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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Building futures

On Thursday and Friday I joined 55 parents, teachers, alumni, trustees, administrators, parents of alumni, and community members for an intense and productive strategic planning retreat to chart the course toward DA’s future. Our days were informed by four months of surveys and listening sessions. I look forward to sharing the fruits of the retreat in the coming weeks.

For today, I’ll share news of similar future-building from our partner organization Student U.

Founded just eight years ago and with its first class of students thriving in colleges and community colleges, Student U has grown more quickly, and more wisely, than anyone might have predicted.

Below is part of a message from Alexandra Zagbayou (pictured at left), who attended our DA strategic planning retreat last week, and who now invites the widest possible range of applicants for some new opportunities at Student U:

“I will be transitioning into the role of Chief Program Officer in June, and over the spring, we will be hiring several new full-time staff members to support our students in high school, through college, and to continue to build a community where the fearless dreams of students, parents, and staff can be realized.”

The new positions:

  •  High School Program Director
  • College Success Coordinator 
  • Program Assistant

Click here to see the Student U website or here to learn more about these three job opportunities. Click here to see my earlier post about Alexandra’s poignant autobiography, as shared with WUNC’s The State of Things

Posted by mulkus on Monday January, 12, 2015


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