Partners in Formation
The Heights Forum is the outreach branch of The Heights School. Our mission is to support educational leaders, teachers, and parents in their own efforts to educate the children entrusted to them.
The Teaching Vocation Conference
The conference for me felt like coming home. The clarity of vision your teachers and leadership presented was not just words, but clearly flowed into your relationships between each other and with your students. The intentionality of your campus design, the rhythms of your school day, and your approach to curricular development came together in a way I can only call ‘organic,”’and it was refreshing to me, as someone who has spent 18 years as an educator-administrator, to witness the ideals I have so long espoused in action, in such...
Teaching Sovereign Knowers
This week we feature a lecture offered by Head of Upper School, Michael Moynihan, at the most recent Teaching Vocation Conference. In his presentation, Michael encourages us as teachers to engage our students as free and rational agents, even when they don’t want to be engaged as such. Michael offers us some helpful insights into the principles that should guide our teaching, as we lead our students to becoming seekers of truth, rather than consumers of information produced by others.
Starting a Mentoring Program
The idea of starting a new program is exciting; the practical execution of the idea is difficult and takes time. This is especially true of a mentoring program. While the aspiration of truly personalizing the education at one’s school sounds good and beautiful, in truth, developing an organized program of formation that does more than merely sound good at an open house is perhaps one of the most difficult things to realize at a school. Nevertheless, with time and perseverance, developing an effective mentoring program is possible. The aim of...