Author Archives

  • A Data-Driven World

    Looking back 150 years, just as Horace Mann’s common school movement was gaining ground in Massachusetts- what is now known as public schools- education had nothing to do with numbers. It was about access and philosophy, growth and democracy. Our… Read More ›

  • A Lifetime of Firsts

    I realized very quickly when I became a parent that childhood is set up as a series of milestones. You are guided through this inevitable sequence of “firsts” the moment your child comes home from the hospital- the first smile,… Read More ›

  • Teachers Learning in Teams

    School years have a wonderful rhythm to them. The longer I have worked in schools, the more I have fallen into the emotions and moods associated with different seasons and nuances to the academic calendar. For me, few things beat… Read More ›

  • Interdisciplinary Transformations

    Intuitively, we know that some of the greatest learning opportunities come when pieces of the puzzle come together, when students can make connections across disciplines or between lessons. These opportunities generate a learning energy that is exciting for the teacher… Read More ›

  • Challenging and Nurturing

    Schools that have the word “excellence” somewhere in their mission statement or objectives often use the word “rigor” as a way to explain the strength of their academic program. Rigor in this context typically means that the program expects a… Read More ›

  • Inspiring Students

    The Episcopal Academy mission statement reads- “Challenging and nurturing Mind, Body, and Spirit, we inspire boys and girls to lead lives of purpose, faith, and integrity.” The challenge for a teacher to inspire students is both daunting and exhilarating. This goes… Read More ›

  • About Cathy Hall

    Welcome to my blog! I am the Academic Dean at Episcopal Academy, an independent, PreKindergarten-12th grade, co-ed day school outside of Philadelphia, PA. I am fortunate to work with some of the best teachers out there. I am pushed each… Read More ›