Conversations in Education

From teacher book groups to conversations in the faculty lounge, Prep faculty and administrators think all the time about how we support our students. In this space each month we’ll provide links, resources and inspiration about teaching at Prep and education in general.

From teacher book groups to conversations in the faculty lounge, Prep faculty read and talk a lot about education. Each month we highlight a few memorable pieces or videos. Our goal is to make the process of parenting, learning and living a little saner, to put things a little more in perspective. These articles will be chosen by Prep teachers and administrators.  If you want to share your ideas, feel free to comment on an individual post or contact Dean of Studies Sarah Cooper.


February Newsletter: Listen. Find Joy. Back Off.

These articles remind us that watching your teenagers grow into themselves can be joyful for everyone involved.

“How to Stop Helicopter Parenting and Set Your Kids Up for Success,” by Julie Lythcott-Haims,

This appealing four-minute video from the Today show features the former Stanford dean of freshmen, Julie Lythcott-Haims, whose popular new book on helicopter parenting contains a lot of common sense advice.

“Start with STOPPING doing these three things…”

“How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off,” by Adam Grant, New York Times

This perhaps counterintuitive article encourages parents to respond to their children’s interests rather than impose a “creative regimen” upon them: passion, not programming.

Yes, parents encouraged their children to pursue excellence and success — but they also encouraged them to find “joy in work.” Their children had freedom to sort out their own values and discover their own interests.

“The mystery of parenting teen girls is ‘Untangled’ with author Lisa Damour,” by Sharon Holbrook, Washington Post

This interview with the psychologist author of Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood emphasizes the connection that can come from really listening.

My experience is that teenagers can very quickly detect when an adult’s curiosity is genuine and well-meaning, and they’re eager to share about their experiences when they can sense that there’s an adult who really wants to know…. The most successful parents I see are open to the possibility that having a teenager is going to help them grow too.


Posted by Mr. Richard Feliciano on Friday February, 12, 2016


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