In many classrooms, approaches such as IEPs and “differentiation” have been employed to support students at either end of the ability range – students who struggle or have exceptional ability.  Increasingly, though, personalization is employed not just to compensate for a student’s learning needs, but also to enhance the learning experience for all students by adapting approaches according to who they are as people and what will maximize their learning potential.  This podcast series explores the benefits of personalization for every student, and the specifics of how we provide a personalized educational experience for our students and their families at Alexandria Country Day School.  In Episode 2, classroom teachers Sarah Culberson and Amy Newhouse join the conversation and provide examples of what personalization looks and feels like in the classroom.

In many classrooms, approaches such as IEPs and “differentiation” have been employed to support students at either end of the ability range – students who struggle or have exceptional ability.  Increasingly, though, personalization is employed not just to compensate for a student’s learning needs, but also to enhance the learning experience for all students by adapting approaches according to who they are as people and what will maximize their learning potential.  This podcast series explores the benefits of personalization for every student, and the specifics of how we provide a personalized educational experience for our students and their families at Alexandria Country Day School.

Members of the ACDS administration and faculty discuss educational best practices around teaching grit and perseverance and what these practices look like at ACDS.  In our fifth episode, we invited four of our middle school students to share their experiences with grit and perseverance.  Meg Mosier, 7th & 8th grade Language Arts teacher and Head Advisor, moderates the discussion.


Members of the ACDS administration and faculty discuss educational best practices around teaching grit and perseverance and what these practices look like at ACDS. In our fourth episode, Scott Bayotsh, Head of School, Ryan Woods, Head of Middle School, Meg Mosier, 7th & 8th grade Language Arts teacher and Head Advisor, and Chris Ros, 7th & 8th grade Science teacher and Director of Student Life, discuss Advisory and why having a dedicated time each day for social-emotional learning matters.

Members of the ACDS administration and faculty discuss educational best practices around teaching grit and perseverance and what these practices look like at ACDS. In our third episode, Scott Bayotsh, Head of School, Ryan Woods, Head of Middle School, Meg Mosier, 7th & 8th grade Language Arts teacher and Head Advisor, and Chris Ros, 7th & 8th grade Science teacher and Director of Student Life, provide examples of how these concepts are utilized in the classroom.

In each episode, members of the ACDS administration and faculty will be discussing educational best practices around social emotional learning and what these practices look like in the Lower School at ACDS.  Our first episode features Scott Baytosh, Head of School, Mimi Worrell, Interim Head of Lower School, Ellie Hall, Kindergarten teacher, and Sarah O’Neill, Third Grade teacher.

Members of the ACDS administration and faculty discuss educational best practices around teaching grit and perseverance and what these practices look like at ACDS.  In our second episode, Scott Bayotsh, Head of School, Ryan Woods, Head of Middle School, Meg Mosier, 7th & 8th grade Language Arts teacher and Head Advisor, and Chris Ros, 7th & 8th grade Science teacher and Director of Student Life, discuss how retakes and redos help our students develop grit and perseverance.

Welcome to our new podcast series!  In each episode, members of the ACDS administration and faculty will be discussing educational best practices around teaching grit and perseverance and what these practices look like at ACDS.  In our first episode, Scott Bayotsh, Head of School, Ryan Woods, Head of Middle School, Meg Mosier, 7th & 8th grade Language Arts teacher and Head Advisor, and Chris Ros, 7th & 8th grade Science teacher and Director of Student Life, discuss how our middle school learning traits help our students develop grit and perseverance.