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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.  

Fords in Four: John Dewis '94

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insight and stories. In this blog post, John Dewis '94, development director for Deep Springs College, shares his first experiences playing squash, his advice for current students, and his memorable encounters with fellow Haverford alumni. 

Photographing London

For his senior project, George "Bobby" Stratts ’18 traveled to London for nineteen days to photograph parts of the city and his old school, the American School in London. In this blog post, he reflects on seeing new parts of the city, meeting old and new friends, and the lessons that traveling taught him.  

Building a Boat

John Nelligan, Tyler Roland, and Grayson Potter collaborated to build a canoe from scratch for their senior project. In this blog post, Potter explains the process - from picking up the plywood to sailing the boat in the pool - and all the lessons the team learned along the way.