Deeper Learning

During this concise and clear 3-minute video, Pedro Noguera shares his thoughts about how we can create a learning community that helps students develop the higher-order thinking skills essential for solving problems and promoting justice in the world around them. This speaks to me about BFS’s mission, core values, and what we believe, stand for, […]

True Grit: Can Perseverance Be Taught?

I continue to be interested in the work of Positive Psychologist Angela Duckworth, Ph.D., known for her original, broadly regarded research on grit and self-control.  Dr. Duckworth is the founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance scientific insights that help children thrive. She is also the Rosa Lee and Egbert […]

The Right Way to Talk About Politics With Your Kids, According to Experts (Keep it civil – even if the candidates can’t.)

It is stating the obvious that the 2020 elections are upon us and dominating the news during unprecedented, contentious, and stressful times.  As a school, we will observe, teach about, and process the elections – before and after –  with an attention to developmental-appropriateness and the importance of discourse, respect for differences and different people and […]

Former BFS Parent – Summer Program Director at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights – Opportunity for students in Grades 6+

The Speak Truth to Power program is a first-ever virtual Youth Summer Series for students interested in human rights, social justice, theater and the arts, community organizing, and creating meaningful change in their communities and in themselves. The series will include two programs: Youth Organizing and the Arts and Human Rights. Sessions are open to […]

“I hope that I carry those lessons with me my entire lifetime” – Graduation 2020

After three months away, members of the Eighth Grade class, their immediate families, and several teachers returned to campus on June 12th – in socially-distanced ways – to celebrate the Eighth Grade class, conclude BFS’s 225th year, and hold graduation on the upper field.  A warm yet especially beautiful June day graced everyone’s arrival, and […]

Our final assembly – celebrating the year, our tight-knit community, and beloved departing teachers

As the 2019-2020 school year – a year filled with unforeseeable and unprecedented uncertainty, change, crisis, and strain winds down, we gathered one last time yesterday, albeit virtually, to be together, to celebrate the year, and to recognize and thank the individuals who have done so much to make the past school year meaningful, worthwhile, […]