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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What's in your cloud?

Upper School English Teacher (and DA alumna) Tina Bessias '78 is diving into a pair of new learning adventures.

First, she'll teach a class next fall on Digital Journalism with our partner program the Global Online Academy.

Second, she'll launch a new business designed to craft individual plans for people aiming to learn . . . anything. Here's Tina's introductory letter to her faculty colleagues. Click on her links to learn more.


Dear Colleagues,

Next year, I'll be teaching at DA in the mornings and developing a new educational venture in the afternoons. The new venture is Cloud to Ground Learning, and it will provide support for learning that takes place outside academic institutions.

At various junctures in our lives, we all want or need to learn about a wide variety of topics. …

Posted by in Upper School, Other, Alumni on Thursday June 5, 2014
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Seeking the foreign, building bridges

For many years, Upper School English Teacher (and DA alumna) Tina Bessias '78 has built bridges between her DA classroom and points around the globe.

Two years ago she traveled to India with a State Department-funded program called Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC). Her grant required an eight-week online course and closing symposium in Washington, DC. Click here to see Tina's article in the DA Record about her experience.

This winter Tina began training to teach Digital Journalism to students all over the world - in the Global Online Academy (GOA), a bold consortium of 50 independent schools aiming to raise the standard of excellence for online learning. Fourteen Upper Schoolers are currently registered to take GOA courses in the fall. Our own Jarrod Jenzano will teach another course …

Posted by in Upper School, Other on Saturday May 3, 2014
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