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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Whereas the mission of Durham Academy compels us to prepare for “moral, happy, productive lives.”

Whereas happiness, though seemingly elusive, has revealed many of its heretofore secret sources in recent years. 

Whereas gratitude is among the most consistent and robust fountains of happiness. Skeptics: look here for evidence from Harvard Medical School. Or just take Mr. Fitzpatrick’s word for it.

Whereas the Upper School Student Council has declared Thursday to be known throughout the land as “DA Day,” or simply: “DAy.” Click here to see the etymology of this word in the Council’s hype video: Spirit Week 2.0 (the Director’s cut of President Abe running and panting).

Whereas DAily life offers myriad things for which to be grateful. Examples range from Porchetta to Grandfriends Day.

Whereas Twitter offers an easy way to share your gratitude. See an example here. Or here. Or here.

Therefore be it resolved that we capture and share some photos and ideas on this  Spirited and grateful DA hashtag:


 Have at it. 

Posted by mulkus on Tuesday April, 21, 2015


sounds wonderful! an excellent idea.
from Annabella Gong on 04/21/15 at 09:56PM
What a beautiful idea. 
from Michele Gutierrez on 04/22/15 at 07:40AM

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