Entries by Steve de Beer

Lessons from Denmark

Over Thanksgiving break 2017, I was fortunate to be in Denmark to visit my daughter Emma. A college junior, Emma is studying in Copenhagen for the semester. Emma is an education major at Denison University in Ohio and she is studying education overseas. Not only is she learning about the Danish way of educating children, she […]

Springsteen, my buddy Jamie, and the Shortest Day

One of my favorite places in the whole world is Denver’s Tattered Cover bookstore. Over winter break, two of my heroes have performed readings there. One was my good friend Jamie Horton, a long-time actor with the Denver Center Theatre Company, who is now an associate professor of theatre at Dartmouth College. Jamie is in […]

A Passion for Social and Emotional Learning

As a head of school, it is not everyday that I receive a note like this from one of my teachers: “This is my passion, and the reason I am teaching. I am glad it is helping so many families understand what we do at this school. I truly believe this is the best place […]

Social Emotional Learning Is Essential

Let’s start with the belief that social emotional growth is essential for young children. Children and teachers deserve experiences that allow us to create community, follow our passions, solve problems, impact others, ask new questions and see ourselves in a new light. Connections give us purpose for caring about that with which we come in […]

Finding Gratitude

Before leaving my Colorado home to head to Boston for the NAIS annual conference, I’ve been reading about the monstrous snow in New England. Ironic – because the weekend before my trip, it’s the long President’s Day weekend, and I’m doing what a lot of Denver/Boulder people do when there’s a day off school. I’m […]