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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#Success: Beyond the Numbers, Part II – The High School Survey of Student Engagement

First, I’d like to take a moment to thank the more than 140 attendees that participated in last month’s “Parish at 50” vision meetings” (a.k.a. the fall Lunch & Learns). As we think about Parish in 2022, your input and engagement is and will continue to be crucial and appreciated. Specifically, the ideas your working groups discussed last month – whether it be the discussion around the short and long term benefits for essential facilities (the second gym …

Posted by Mr. David Monaco on Tuesday December 2 at 12:11PM
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Thoughts on Engaged Learning at Parish

This head line below from the Chronicle recently caught my eye:

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"The methodology of the Harvard research that used secret cameras to study class attendance has concerned some faculty members. But putting aside the question of whether the methodology was ethical, what did the researchers learn about classroom-attendance patterns from their study, and what were the motives behind the experiment?"

Harvard, of all places, concerned about attendance in their lecture halls.  What gives? As …

Posted by Mr. David Monaco in definitive preparation on Saturday November 22 at 10:34AM
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#Success: Beyond Just The Numbers

I am old enough now that I am challenged to remember it with certainty, but I think the number is correct: 1090. 

Yes, my SAT score (on a scale of 1600). Accurate or not, it was inarguably unspectacular. That I have trouble remembering it with any exactitude some three decades later is equal parts understandable and telling.

I also took a handful of advanced placement courses at Kentucky Country Day, the independent school from which I graduated in 1985. My memory is equally hazy on my …

Posted by Mr. David Monaco in definitive preparation, "life prep", #success on Friday November 7 at 12:37PM
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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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