Category of: Education

Faculty Fridays Spotlight: Shea Mallett

In this series, we’re highlighting Selwyn’s faculty and staff. In the classroom, we know our faculty are dynamic and engaged educators with subject matter expertise [...]

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Faculty Fridays Spotlight: Maria Sanabria

In this series, we’re highlighting Selwyn’s faculty and staff. In the classroom, we know our faculty are dynamic and engaged educators with subject matter expertise [...]

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Faculty Fridays Spotlight: Lisa Biles

In this series, we’re highlighting Selwyn’s faculty and staff. In the classroom, we know our faculty are dynamic and engaged educators with subject matter expertise [...]

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Faculty Fridays Spotlight: Cheryl Lewis Dahler

In this series, we’re highlighting Selwyn’s faculty and staff. In the classroom, we know our faculty are dynamic and engaged educators with subject matter expertise [...]

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Faculty Fridays Spotlight: Deborah Hof

In this series, we’re highlighting Selwyn’s faculty and staff. In the classroom, we know our faculty are dynamic and engaged educators with subject matter expertise [...]

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Faculty Fridays Spotlight: Jessica Brown

In this series, we’re highlighting Selwyn’s faculty and staff. In the classroom, we know our faculty are dynamic and engaged educators with subject matter expertise [...]

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Faculty Fridays Spotlight: Connie Miller

In this series, we’re highlighting Selwyn’s faculty and staff. In the classroom, we know our faculty are dynamic and engaged educators with subject matter expertise [...]

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On Living Artistically

Hello Selwyn Families, In this month’s Thoughts on Teaching and Learning series, I’ve asked Selwyn’s Upper School Art teacher, Ms. Morgan Swartz, to share her perspective on how [...]

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Faculty Fridays Spotlight: Shellie Lackey

In this series, we’re highlighting Selwyn’s faculty and staff. In the classroom, we know our faculty are dynamic and engaged educators with subject matter expertise [...]

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Faculty Fridays Spotlight: Chase Eddington

In this series, we’re highlighting Selwyn’s faculty and staff. In the classroom, we know our faculty are dynamic and engaged educators with subject matter expertise [...]

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Faculty Fridays Spotlight: Melissa Murphey

In this series, we’re highlighting Selwyn’s faculty and staff. In the classroom, we know our faculty are dynamic and engaged educators with subject matter expertise [...]

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Compassion and Grit

Hello Selwyn Families, In this month’s Thoughts on Teaching and Learning series, I’ve asked Selwyn’s Early Childhood Director, Mrs. Jennifer Livas to share her perspective on our preschool’s [...]

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Faculty Fridays Spotlight: Mary Kosednar

In this series, we’re highlighting Selwyn’s faculty and staff. In the classroom, we know our faculty are dynamic and engaged educators with subject matter expertise [...]

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Faculty Fridays Spotlight: Katie Kinder

In this series, we’re highlighting Selwyn’s faculty and staff. In the classroom, we know our faculty are dynamic and engaged educators with subject matter expertise [...]

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Faculty Fridays Spotlight: Morgan Swartz

In this series, we’re highlighting Selwyn’s faculty and staff. In the classroom, we know our faculty are dynamic and engaged educators with subject matter expertise [...]

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Faculty Fridays Spotlight: Jennifer Livas

In this series, we’re highlighting Selwyn’s faculty and staff. In the classroom, we know our faculty are dynamic and engaged educators with subject matter expertise [...]

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Relationships Matter

Hello Selwyn Families, In this month’s Thoughts on Teaching and Learning series, I’ve asked Selwyn’s Head of Lower School—and third grade teacher—Mrs. Melissa Sayler to share [...]

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Faculty Fridays Spotlight: Paul Mignini

In this series, we’re highlighting Selwyn’s faculty and staff. In the classroom, we know our faculty are dynamic and engaged educators with subject matter expertise [...]

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Faculty Fridays Spotlight: Laura Anderson

In this series, we’re highlighting Selwyn’s faculty and staff. In the classroom, we know our faculty are dynamic and engaged educators with subject matter expertise [...]

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Adapting to Change

Hello Selwyn Families! This school year’s Thoughts on Teaching and Learning series will share the perspectives of Selwyn’s teachers about what they’re doing in the classroom. This month, [...]

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Wisdom Questions

Hello Selwyn Families! We’ve had a great start to this school year, and I am incredibly glad that your family is a part of ours. Typically, [...]

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Adapting to the Future

We are wrapping up another school year, and it’s difficult to believe that it’s already over. This school year has been one defined by our [...]

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Practicing Peace in a Chaotic World

Providing children with the tools to find peace in an anxious world is essential to creating spaces where meaningful learning can happen. Here are some [...]

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Selwyn School’s COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Emergency Preparedness Plan

Selwyn School strives to be prepared in times of emergency and crisis. As the spread of the novel coronavirus in the United States becomes more [...]

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A Future in Fine Arts: Introducing the Selwyn Fine Arts Academy

As we continue Selwyn School’s mission of developing students who embrace complex challenges with empathetic and innovative thinking that advances the human condition, I am [...]

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New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year! I hope your winter break has been restful, and that you have had a joyful time together with your loved ones. As [...]

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The Writing Process at Selwyn

Recently, I spoke with several teachers who championed the value of students writing well. In our conversation, we discussed how communication skills, and specifically writing [...]

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Selwyn’s Process: An Educational Journey

This weekend Selwyn hosted a fabulous Open House, and I enjoyed the opportunity to speak with many prospective families about Selwyn’s vision. I am so [...]

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Thoughts About Teaching and Learning: Cultural Competency in the Classroom

I recently attended the Second Annual Families of Color Conference in Las Colinas, where I heard some very unique perspectives on fostering a culturally competent [...]

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Thoughts on Teaching and Learning: A Perspective on our Community of Joyful Learning

Seeing pictures from any Perspectives trip always reminds me of what joyful learning looks like. Out of the classroom and out of their comfort zones, [...]

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Thoughts on Teaching and Learning: Why Small Schools Matter

Since making the move to the Argyle campus, Selwyn has grown by about twenty-five students each year—once at just over forty students, we will soon [...]

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Preparing Your Student For College and Beyond: How a Selwyn Education Prepares Students for College at Each Stage of Education

At Selwyn, our vision is to elevate the human condition by encouraging students’ long-term development through high academic standards and age appropriate challenges that foster [...]

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Diversity Scholarship for Upper School Students

A recent study in the journal, Child Development, found that students who made friends outside of their own ethnicity and culture felt safer and less [...]

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How a Small Private School Education Uniquely Prepares Students for College

Nature provides interesting metaphors for life, and one is that of the mother bird giving her baby the not-so-subtle nudge out of the nest. In [...]

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Collaboration: An Essential Skill for 21st Century Learners

The modern workplace is becoming increasingly global. Technology has afforded businesses the capability of building global teams, producing a more educated, skilled, and engaged workforce. [...]

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What Is Cultural Intelligence and Why It Matters to 21st Century Learners

According to the Cultural Intelligence Center, “Cultural intelligence (CQ) is the capability to relate and work effectively in culturally diverse situations. It is a form [...]

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Checking for Understanding: Knowing the material vs. passing the test

At Selwyn School, our mission is to cultivate global citizens who embrace complex challenges with empathetic and innovative thinking that advances the human condition. To [...]

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The Effects of Stress & Tips for Student Stress Relief

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one-third of adolescents report feeling anxiety to a significant degree, and the prevalence of stress and anxiety [...]

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21st Century Skills Students Need

Educators and workforce experts alike often warn that our children need improved 21st century skills. Without these skills, they will not be able to successfully [...]

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Practicing Inclusivity this Holiday Season

As the holiday season approaches, we look to actively celebrate inclusivity at Selwyn. While Selwyn is a non-sectarian school where we teach a multicultural curriculum, [...]

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How Happiness Increases Productivity

When it comes to classroom productivity, the ideal classroom is a happy one. Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert defines happiness as frequent positive feelings accompanied by an [...]

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Connecting Real-World Experiences to the Classroom

It has long been said that learning is best done through experience—learning by doing, rather than by listening or observing. Education theory and research support [...]

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Instilling Grit in Children: What, Why, and How

Instilling Grit in Children Grit has become a standard in the education vernacular. Representing the ability to persevere when faced with obstacles, grit has been [...]

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Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

Some lessons are better learned earlier in life—and kindness is no exception. Historically, schools have focused primarily on students’ academic achievements, but today, child psychologists [...]

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The Importance of Making Mistakes

In education, our perception of mistakes is important as we seek to challenge conceptions of what defines success and failure. The goal of education, after [...]

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The Importance of Storytelling & Why Teens Love Dystopian Novels

Storytelling has been the leading medium for education, entertainment, and communication for thousands of years. It’s an intimate, communal experience in which storytellers reveal themselves [...]

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How Pre-K Education Influences Long-Term Success

When you were 5 years old, did you imagine that the skills and knowledge you had then would or could influence your chances of success [...]

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Is Your Child Sleeping Enough? How Sleep Affects Memory, Learning & Education

Is Your Child Getting Enough Sleep? Do you know how many hours of sleep per night your child needs? It varies by age group. According [...]

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Inclusivity at Selwyn: Equity in Education for All

On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down their unanimous decision on the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka [...]

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What Does it Mean to Be an Independent Day School?

Independent schools are non-profit private schools that are independent in philosophy: each is driven by a unique mission. They are also independent in the way [...]

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How a Selwyn School Education Cultivates Global Citizens

The National Association of Independent Schools recently published an article from Keelee Wrenn, the director of marketing and communications at French American International School. In [...]

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How a Liberal Arts Education Prepares Your Child for Their Future

The most common question college students are asked is “What is your major?” Then, if the student’s answer is Film, English, Philosophy, or any other [...]

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Helping Students Develop a Sense of Purpose

In the 2009 Pixar film Up, three unlikely companions join together to rescue their giant, colorful bird friend, Kevin, and her chicks. Before they found [...]

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Technology and Education: Encouraging Independent Thinking, Creativity & Collaboration

The Influence of Technology Today, you cannot log into social media, casually browse the internet, watch television, or even read a book without being bombarded [...]

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The Importance of Empathy in Whole Child Development and Education

Empathy in Whole Child Development and Education As a part of your child’s education, emotional and intellectual development, empathy has never been more critical. Especially [...]

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Learning by Making, Doing, and Failure: Experiential Education for Your Child

The Creation of the Lightbulb: A History of Trial & Error If you ask an historian if Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, you are [...]

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The Advantages of an Independent School Education

Sending your child to an independent school in North Texas may be one of the most beneficial decisions you can make. At Selwyn School, an [...]

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