• From Simple Addition to Multiplicative Thinking – How Our Curriculum Spans the K-8 Years

    January 26, 2017

    A comprehensive K-8 curriculum map had long been a goal for Prospect Sierra. Our teachers excel in their planning, implementing, and evaluating of their curricula, and Abby Guinn, Heather Rogers, and Katherine Dinh shared a vision of an interactive virtual document that would serve as a glimpse into the scope and sequence of Prospect Sierra’s..

  • An Intimate Conversation with Michael Lewis

    January 11, 2017

    Join Prospect Sierra School for an evening with legendary Bay Area author Michael Lewis in his only East Bay appearance as he launches his new release, The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed our Minds. He’ll be in lively conversation with Dacher Keltner, renowned social psychologist at UC Berkeley, founder of the Greater Good Science Center, and author..

  • Peer Education and Waste Sorting – A Cyclical Relationship

    January 9, 2017

    Can you recycle plastic containers if they still have a little yogurt in them? Do paper plates go in the compost? What does “plastic film” mean? These are some of the everyday questions that Prospect Sierra students ponder as they finish lunch and dispose of their waste.   In order to collect data about how well..

  • Changemakers In Our Midst

    January 2, 2017

    Around this time every year, I’m reminded of my first holiday season in the United States, when I was barely four years old. As recent refugees, my family had settled in the Washington, D.C. area in the spring of 1975, barely escaping the fall of Saigon and its aftermath. As the holidays approached, the weather..

  • Third Graders Take the Stage

    November 28, 2016

    I know it’s the beginning of the school year when I see my third graders, standing in the music room, ready to rehearse. The year always begins with the third grade play. At Tapscott, drama cycles through the second, third, and fourth grades, each culminating in their own public performance. The third graders are lucky; they have a year of drama..

  • Personal Storytelling and Collective Empathy

    November 18, 2016

    The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon. –Brandon Sanderson, popular fantasy and science fiction author Storytelling is the essential human activity. The harder the situation, the more essential it is. –Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried Last January I..

  • Katherine Dinh: Teaching by Talking

    September 29, 2016

      Earlier this month I co-facilitated an online discussion, convened by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), to speak with other school heads about the issues we are facing within the context of the nation’s political and social climate. My fellow facilitators were Caroline Blackwell, NAIS VP for Equity and Justice, and Bryan Garman,..

  • 2016 Prospect Sierra Summer Stories

    September 23, 2016

      Aaron Moorhead This summer my family and I spent a few weeks in Northern California and Bend, OR. We have a multi-generational tradition of spending the last week in June at the Trinity Alps Resort. We stay in rustic cabins along the Stuart’s Fork of the Trinity River and spend our days slowly moving..

  • Empathy, Connection, and the Inner Lives of Readers

    September 23, 2016

    “There are perhaps no days of our childhood lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” – Marcel Proust “Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.” – Anonymous ——————– One of the perks of being a middle school librarian is getting..

  • Upcoming PSPA Events

    September 6, 2016

    Let’s keep building on the wonderful connections and feeling of community that we were able to experience at the Panther Picnic. Mark your calendars now and join your fellow parents at the following events hosted by the PSPA. PSPA Community Event: Climate and Community Feedback for CAIS Reaccreditation Self Study – Tapscott Library: October 19,..

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