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The most wonderful time of the year

In this blog post, Headmaster John Nagl reflects on the events that make December a particularly special time for him, including the annual Army-Navy football game and the selection of Rhodes and Schwarzman Scholars. 

Middle schoolers reflect on Young Men of Color Symposium/(Re)defining Power Conference

Five Middle Schoolers, along with Middle School math teacher Ryan Meyer and Director of Diversity and Inclusion Brendon Jobs, recently attended the 2018 Young Men of Color Symposium and (Re)defining Power Conference on Nov. 10, at Trevor Day School in New York City. This year's conference theme was "Unlearning Dominance to Learn Accountability to Experience Freedom." They reflect on their experience and lessons learned in this blog post.

Fords in Four: Damien Blair '91

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Damien Blair '91, head men's basketball coach at West Chester University, recounts his influential teachers, coaches and mentors from The Haverford School, and shares some advice for his players and current students. 

Fords in Four: Jonathan Gold '02

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, history teacher Jonathan Gold '02 shares what he learned from his favorite teachers here, as well as the importance of learning and teaching history in the current political climate. 

Creating Authenticity in the Classroom

Four Upper School teachers embarked on an intensive training session on Project-Based Learning this summer at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. In this blog post, Upper School English teacher Taylor Smith-Kan reflects on the training, and discusses her plans to incorporate more Project-Based Learning into her classroom at Haverford.

Building Great Men

Head of Middle School Jay Greytok '83 presented the following remarks at Middle School Parents Night on teaching boys scholarship, friendship, and character. “These three virtues could well represent three solid floors in our pledge to prepare boys for life,” he said.

Fords in Four: Meet Bruce Johnson '71

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Bruce Johnson '71, who currently works for the Library of Congress, shares memories of learning music and writing at Haverford, and how those lessons have helped shape his career. 

Be a True Friend

Student Body President VI Former Biagio DeSimone gave the following remarks on Opening Day, challenging his peers to make new friends and strengthen existing friendships. "As you become a part of Haverford, Haverford becomes a part of you," he said.   

Confronting Our Blind Spots

In this blog post, Headmaster John Nagl reflects on this year's summer reading for the faculty and staff: Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People, written by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald. Christopher Dial, who manages Professor Banaji's Implicit Social Cognition lab at Harvard, presented a discussion on the book's ideas at Haverford's opening meeting.