Author Archives: Kathleen McNamara Head's Up!

About Kathleen McNamara Head's Up!

an educator in Independent Schools for over 28 years

Washington Post Opinion on “Just Right” parenting

This opinion piece in the Washington Post speaks to cultivating trusting, dependable relationships with children as the best possible foundation. It’s seems simple, and yet, I have seen so many examples of this strategy resulting in confident, competent young adults. … Continue reading

Posted in education, parenting, social emotional learning, washington post

The College Admissions Game!

“No word yet on what it means for long-term happiness to find out your parents lied to get you into college in the first place.” Alyssa Nadworny, Anya Kamenetz, NPR This latest news about the College Admissions Scandal sends the … Continue reading

Posted in 21st Century Skills, academic excellence in elementary schools, Admissions, College Admissions, college athletic recruitment, education, global skills, parenting, Rick Weissbourd | Tagged

Simon Sinek at NAIS

“We have to learn to lead for the game we are in.” How do you lead in the infinite game? you advance within the infinite game, you do not win. Simon Sinek’s message: What does it mean to live an … Continue reading

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Shiza Shahid: finding the path of your own greatest impact…

Shiza Shahid is a force! She, too, has a compelling personal story that had an unplanned and amazing intersection with Malala. What an inspiring speaker and thinker who is focused on making an impact in the world, and making sure … Continue reading

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Tearing Down Walls: Building Leadership Capacity for Women.

Listening to three female educators and one consultant discuss women in independent schools. This is a conversation about internal conversations and self-doubt that is important for women. “Ask for open feedback about your challenges and how you can get mentoring … Continue reading

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The Connection between Innovation and Diversity… Frans Johansson

My favorite FRANS JOHANSSON quotes: Schools have to prepare students for a world that is constantly innovating and challenging We tend to think that deep expertise is the key to success. All new ideas are combinations of current ideas. What … Continue reading

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So we do not have Anderson Cooper! But we have an upgrade to Viola Davis as our opening speaker!

My top 13 Viola Davis quotes. “It was the sort of poverty that makes you feel invisible. I left home for school every day either hiding or angry.” “You find and become yourself when you find who you were messily, … Continue reading

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