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All-inclusive schools – Breaking down institutional barriers

Paula Lima Jones (photo above) is getting her colleagues to think about their work in different ways. As the first Dean of Equity and Inclusion at Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, the bulk of her work begins with a simple, albeit often unrecognized, fact: Every single day, students enter institutions neither designed nor intended for… Read More

The World Is Waiting – An annual guide to the area’s diverse selection of private schools

Every year we put together a comprehensive list of the private schools in the area to help arm parents with important information for making decisions on their child’s education. The list is extensive and does include all boys, all girls, religiously affiliated and special needs schools. We hope you find it helpful. Apple Blossom School Read More

Ten Minutes with BCD’s new head of school – Jenifer Fox

Jenifer Fox has a mission: to make schools more human. The incoming head of Berkshire Country Day School (BCD) is widely considered a national leader on developing school programs that make learning meaningful for children. Fox comes to the Berkshires from The Delta School, a project-based learning program she founded five years ago in Wilson,… Read More

Out-of-School Learning – Some of the most effective teaching happens outside the classroom

Nine fourth-graders line up on the overpass where the Appalachian Trail crosses the Mass Pike in Lee. Their shirts carry trail names—“Moose,” “Porcupine”—animals that spoke to them. They pump their arms at approaching trucks, then cheer victoriously when drivers oblige by honking the horn. They could clearly do this all day, but this is their… Read More

Playtime With Purpose – A place helping children with Sensory Needs

It’s six in the morning, and Lisa Bria’s ten-year-old son is excitedly waking up so he can be first in line at the Wilton Library’s annual book sale. This sincere passion for reading at such a young age is remarkable for any child, but it’s especially noteworthy for the Bria family, as not too long… Read More

Ten Minutes with Headmaster of The Southport School – Benjamin N. Powers

Benjamin N. Powers has been headmaster of The Southport School since 2012. Prior to that he was headmaster at The Kildonan School. Powers is also an affiliated research scientist at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven and is co-director of the Academic Center of Excellence for The Dyslexia Foundation. He lives with his four kids in… Read More

Sharing the Wealth – Pequot Library’s Special Collections

Upon Pequot Library’s opening in March 1894, Virginia Marquand Monroe, one of its original benefactors, declared it “free as air to all.” In the years since, the library, located in the center of Southport, has become one of the foremost cultural institutions in Fairfield County, proudly offering programs, events, exhibitions, and—of course!—books to the community.… Read More

School Spirit – Sister Kathleen at the heart of St. Patrick’s School

Back in 1964, when Sister Kathleen Fitzgerald, who was then called Sister Assumpta, was reassigned from her post teaching at St. Bernard’s on 14th Street in New York City, she told her mother she was being moved to Bedford. “Bedford, Massachusetts?” her mother asked. “No,” replied Sister Kathleen, who was raised in the South Bronx,… Read More

Q&A: An Inside Look at Rippowam Cisqua School

Rippowaum Cisqua

(Sponsored) Rippowam Cisqua School is a PreK through Grade 9 school that teaches an immersive and experimental curriculum designed to deepen learning and build a growth mindset in students during these critical wonder years. RippKids are challenged daily through an integrated academic, arts, sports, and innovation program that creates independent thinkers, confident communicators, engaged leaders.… Read More

Ten Minutes With Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President

Dr. James F. Birge

Dr. James F. Birge hadn’t planned to return to the area where he was raised. But come back he did, in 2016, to take on the presidency of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and to continue his more than three decades of serving in higher education. Birge has always loved the Berkshires. “Here… Read More