From My Angle

Welcome to From My Angle, the blog of a life-long educator, a husband and a father of three boys. It is also my privilege to serve as Head of School at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas, Texas.

This blog reflects my passions: emerging issues in the ever-changing world of education, leadership and leadership development, and living life with the intent to be a person of impact.  I invite you to share perspectives “from your angle” on the issues and items I post to my blog!

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Looking Back, Looking Forward

It was just two years ago that Parish staged a rousing celebration of our 40th anniversary. We also celebrated the last decade, one of the most dynamic experienced by any school community across the country. With the addition of grades 7 through 12 and the implementation of numerous signature programs, Parish Episcopal School became one of the Metroplex’s leading independent schools. We excel at shaping the whole child – head, heart and spirit. Our well-rounded graduates are young …

Posted by Mr. David Monaco on Thursday October 16 at 01:10PM
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What Will You Fail at This Year?

It is a wonderful blessing (and responsibility) of my role as Head of School to present homilies once a month on both of our campuses. To be able to speak to all 1,100 of our students and help them wonder about who they are now and who they wish to be is equal parts intimidating and exhilarating.

In this year of my #success campaign – having already spoken with parents and teachers about the need to broaden our concept of what success looks like – I felt it necessary to challenge …

Posted by Mr. David Monaco in learning, "life prep", #success on Tuesday September 30 at 12:50PM
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What #success looks like in our School

As my #success campaign for the year gains steam, both in this blog space and on my twitter feed (@dmonaco), it seemed apropos to begin the year with some concrete examples of what I mean when I say declaring a school or a student “successful” must include more than a recitation of metrics, medals and milestones. Important as these may be, they tell only a partial – and at times deceptive – story.

In the opening two weeks of Parish’s school year, I saw #success …

Posted by Mr. David Monaco in #success on Tuesday September 9 at 03:32PM
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Opening Day Thoughts on #Success

So another first day of school has arrived. Just last week I realized this marks my 25th opening day as a professional educator! It’s still a time of year and a day I still enjoy very much.

As for any other parent, though, it is also a day that carries significance as a time stamp of our children’s continued growth and maturation. 

In the last several years, we have taken a picture of our three boys in the same spot as we leave for the first day of school. As the oldest …

Posted by Mr. David Monaco in definitive preparation, education reform, "life prep" on Thursday August 21 at 04:17PM
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On Success & Mastery

One of the special moments of my restorative summer was a July celebration marking my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. It was a joyful event, obviously, held amidst closest relatives and friends at the lakeside cabins in the Adirondack Mountains of New York where my family has gathered each summer for nearly six decades.

An event of this significance affords one multiple paths for reflection from which to choose, but I wondered most often about what enabled my parents to succeed and …

Posted by Mr. David Monaco in definitive preparation, ParishProfile, "life prep" on Tuesday August 5 at 01:49PM
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A Good Year, cont.

 

“My previous glimpses 

of a “good year” at Parish, through the lens of my Twitter account, have focused on our vision for what student-engaged teaching and learning looks like and how our unique uses of space support that vision.  Modern learners are powerful  learners – possessive of transferable skills as thinkers, creators and communicators – not just learned managers of content.  A key, and final, component of this vision for …

Posted by Mr. David Monaco in definitive preparation, Partnerships on Friday May 30 at 09:13AM
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A Good Year, Cont.

In this second blog post on “What A Good Year Looks Like,” I have selected tweets which demonstrate how powerful new spaces on Parish’s campuses promote the type of student-engaged, authentic and skill-building learning experiences which last week’s blog post featured.

Dynamic New Spaces: The Design Den at Midway and the addition of the Fleeger Family Kitchen and Nauslar Family Garden to Beasley STEM Center propel ParishSTEM to an even higher plane.


Posted by Mr. David Monaco in definitive preparation, ParishSTEM on Monday May 19 at 10:27AM
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What a "Good" Year Looks Like...

 “How’s your year been?”

If am asked this question once in the next several weeks, I will be asked it a dozen times. And, there is nothing wrong with it. After all, it is a safe and well-intentioned conversation starter when a parent engages me for a final school-year chat; when a head of school colleague reconnects with me at our association meeting next month; or when family and friends see me for the first time this summer.

The utility of this question is undeniable; …

Posted by Mr. David Monaco in ParishProfile, community on Monday May 12 at 11:05AM
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High School Athletics: “The Game” Has Changed But The Purpose Shouldn’t

I recently read a compelling piece about the state of interscholastic athletics in my old hometown’s newspaper, Raleigh’s News and Observer. Long time columnist Tim Stevens opined that “high school sports will face challenges” even as the popularity of sports in our society remain at an all time high. I could not agree with him more, particularly when one considers athletics at the independent school level.

In my more than two decades in independent schools, I am not sure there is another …

Posted by Mr. David Monaco in ParishProfile, ParishLeads, athletics on Tuesday April 8 at 12:49PM
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As Income Disparity Grows, Educators Face Challenges on Both Ends of the Spectrum

I recently attended the Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas luncheon at which Mayor Rawlings announced his plans to launch a task force to address poverty in Dallas. Quite accurately, the Mayor recognizes this issue as a root cause of the educational challenges facing the close to 200,000 children in Dallas living in poverty (according to a 2012 report from Children’s Medical Center) and as a threat to the continued vitality of our city.

I serve as the head of an …

Posted by Mr. David Monaco in education reform, leadership, community on Wednesday March 19 at 03:45PM
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