Carroll Connection 2023-2024
Welcome to Belonging.
Message from Dr. Renée Greenfield, Head of School
As humans, we all have a deep yearning to belong: to be seen and heard. Belonging is crucial to our happiness and essential for learning.
Interestingly enough, belonging is predicated on differences. At Carroll, we work to create a culture that reinforces this belief: If you think differently, you belong here.
We integrate what we know about belonging and how students learn best, creating an environment where students thrive. Belonging does not just magically happen; we work intentionally to cultivate it.
At Carroll, we think about and talk through our own lived experiences. We teach perspective-taking and we model empathy. We build trust relationships so students open themselves up to learning. Students learn best when they feel seen, heard, and understood.
Just recently, I asked a student if they felt like they belonged at Carroll. After nodding, I asked: How do you know? After a thoughtful pause, they responded: I just feel it.
In this issue of the Connection, we engaged our community to define what belonging at Carroll means to them. My guess is that you will feel your own sense of belonging at Carroll through these pages.
Belonging at Carroll is ...
...having a new mindset about academic opportunities and hope of a better future."
The Joseph and Vital Family
...hanging out with my friends and getting to know my teachers really well."
7th Grade Student
...knowing we are absolutely, without a doubt, in exactly the right place."
Upper School Parent
...feeling we have a community that shares the joy of the connection, empathy for our struggles, and celebration of our accomplishments."
The Plante Family
Lower & Middle School
...being comfortable being uncomfortable. Carroll has given our child the space and awareness to be okay with not knowing the correct answer right away and that speed doesn't always win the race."
The Renyi Family
...being accepted as who you are no matter what."
3rd Grade Student
...stepping through the doors of the school with your child and knowing that the teachers, administration and staff understand and will support your child's strengths and weaknesses."
Jolie & Todd Helmbrecht
Middle School Parents
...feeling comfortable and like you are supposed to be here."
5th Grade Student
Carroll Connection Articles
Being everything you are, boldly. At Carroll, belonging is more than a feeling. It's a place, a presence, and a collective experience.
A little magic, and a lot of metaphors: Inside a Carroll Language Classroom
By Anna Siegel, 5th Grade Language Teacher
⭐️Belonging is a two-way conversation.
Building a middle school makers' haven
By Josh Mulready, Middle School Makers Teacher
⭐️Belonging is being empowered to make your mark.
Learning Curve: The gradual transformation of 9th graders from self-doubt to self-advocacy
An interview with Kate Collins and Eva Boscolo, Upper School Division Head and Student
⭐️Belonging is a foundation from which you flourish.
A tutor's journey from dyslexia parent to Orton-Gillingham educator
A Q&A with Diane Hutchinson, Lower School Tutor
⭐️Belonging is teaching from experience.
Data Deep-Dive: How data guides teaching, learning, and individual success at Carroll
Allison West, Middle School Division Head
⭐️Belonging is being understood on every level.
Building trust through the art of play and Carroll Multis
Julie Siftar, Will Close '11, and Shea Schatell, Multis Teachers
⭐️Belonging is the root of confidence.
A fond farewell to Lower School Division Head, Sue Kingman
Stacey Daniels, Chief Enrollment and Financial Assistance Officer
⭐️Belonging is leading with mission and passion.
Staff Spotlight: Nicholas Kieler
Graduate Intern Spotlight: Maddy Aswad
The Angela Wilkins Program of Graduate Studies in Education
Belonging is where I learn best.
Class highlights from the 2022-2023 School Year.
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