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Andrea Grady

At RA, dreamers become thinkers. But first, one has to develop the capacity to dream. Dr. Martin Luther King has given us a powerful example of what it means to dream through his legacy as a civil rights leader. It is this legacy that RA students have been studying over the past few weeks, in preparation for honoring MLK Day.

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School Counselor Terry Williams

There is no question that the world children grow up in today is drastically different than the one that their parents and teachers inhabited, and there is no doubt that digital technology has changed the way we all live and interact. How can we help our kids navigate this new world?

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Bail Kolani, Director of The Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning

Director of The Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning, Basil Kolani reflects on a movement involving some high profile names in the math education world towards data fluency and away from the "geometry sandwich," the traditional progression from Algebra I to Geometry to Algebra II.
 

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Rebecca Toon

I wanted to share with you some reading that the faculty, staff, and senior administration did this summer. As you know, we are serious about our professional growth and development. We want to learn and grow constantly, and model a genuine growth mindset. As the world does not stand still, the profession of education does not stand still, and so we embrace our role as lifelong learners.

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Head of School Jim Heus
  Executive Director of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools Douglas Lyons recently wrote an article that speaks to the value of an independent school education. At Ridgefield Academy, we have long recognized the fundamental way in which the independent school experience is different: a personalized, stimulating, and supportive approach to education with the goal of teaching children how to learn. And like Dr. Lyons, we know that the best time to foster a love of learning, curiosity, perseverance, and self confidence is in the early years. We invite you to read his latest post.
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Chef Paul Desiano, Director of Food Services
  National Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day is observed annually on September 13. Sponsored by the Young Chefs Academy (YCA), the purpose is to empower children to become more actively involved in the planning, preparation, and cooking of meals. The YCA is fostering family bonds and actively fighting the battle against the many serious health and social issues related to the eating habits of young people.

Today, Chef Paul took a moment to share his thoughts on the advantages of cooking with children. #KidsTakeOverTheKitchenDay
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