Brimmer Blog

What makes a school special is both who its people are and what they believe. At Brimmer, you will find educators who embrace new ideas, respond with dynamic programming, and adjust to the needs of each student. You will find students who are encouraged to be inquisitive, confident, and open with their ideas and beliefs. We are a PK – 12 community that models what it means to be lifelong learners. In Brimmer’s school blog, our educators and administrators share their unique perspectives. Come learn how our students are inspired to learn, encouraged to explore, and empowered to lead.

2020

  • April

    Faculty Professional Development in the Time of COVID-19

    Joe Iuliano, Assistant Head of Academic Affairs
    Getting up to speed through professional development (“speed” being a relative term here) for remote learning is not the same process as most typical teacher professional development (PD). 
  • March

    First Day of (Remote) School

    Joe Iuliano, Assistant Head of Academic Affairs
    On March 31, it’s time to break out a second set of back-to-school clothes, sharpen up your pencils, get out your notebooks, put on your thinking caps, and pull up next to your friends online.
  • Cartoon by Elizabeth Leader ’14

    GatorTalk: Empowered to Lead

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    Months of Senate President Stephen Moreno Jimenez ’20's work came to fruition when students started arriving for an optional “TED Talk” style presentation during their lunch period.
  • February

    Monday Middle School Moments - A Glimpse into Brimmer's Middle School

    Carl Rapisarda Vallely, Head of Middle School
    Over the past few months, Middle School Dean of Students Dr. Gallon and I created a series of short, fun videos to share more about the tenets of Brimmer’s Middle School program. These #MondayMiddleSchoolMoments showcase the ways that our Middle School program furthers Brimmer’s Lower School educational philosophy that focuses on the whole child and builds academic and social skills for success as students take on greater independence and responsibility.
  • The Golden Portal

    Joe Iuliano, Assistant Head of Academic Affairs
    “When you enter [the Portal], you come face-to-face with someone in a distant portal and can converse as if in the same room.” — Shared Studios
  • The Messiness of Deep Learning - STEAM & Design in Brimmer’s Lower School

    Emily Miller, Head of Lower School
    While foundational skills in literacy and numeracy are central components of Brimmer's Lower School curriculum, so too are habits of mind that encourage critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity, essential skills for 21st Century learners.
  • Humanities Department Co-Chair Kelly Neely celebrates 20 years at Brimmer.

    Celebrating our Amazing Faculty

    Each January, we gather to honor our colleagues for their long-term service to the School. This year, we celebrated the milestone anniversaries of 17 Brimmer faculty and staff.
  • Stream of English Unconsciousness

    Joe Iuliano, Assistant Head of Academic Affairs
    Our English teachers at Brimmer and May are awesome and deliver the goods to our students. Their charges at every grade level read, write, and speak in class. Our teachers’ former students--we call them the School’s graduates or alums--consistently tell us, in plain English, that they were not only extraordinarily well prepared to write in college, but were the go-to copy editors for their friends, roommates, and dorm co-habitants. They’re that good.
     
  • Inform + Performance = Informance

    Emily Miller
    The PK and Kindergarten Informance is a beautiful example of Brimmer’s thoughtfully designed curriculum and its commitment to a rich interdisciplinary education.
  • January

    Learning to Listen

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    Schools provide many opportunities for young people to talk to each other, exchange ideas, and learn to embrace difference. Brimmer’s faculty use pedagogies that help guide students and encourage them to think critically, communicate their thoughts, and listen and respond to others.
  • Head of School Judith Guild, Director of Development Elizabeth Smith, Director of Alumni Affairs Amanda Frank '88, and Assistant Head of Academic Affairs Joe Iuliano with our NYC Alumni.

    Our Amazing Alumni

    Judith Guild, Head of School
    “I miss Brimmer.” That was the sentiment of our alumni at our New York City gathering. Alumni share how Brimmer prepared them to excel in their work beyond college and graduate school.
  • Brimmer graduates participated in a panel discussion on the impact our Global Studies curriculum and programming had on their college and career choices.

    The Impact of Global Studies at Brimmer

    Judith Guild, Head of School
    At a recent Middle and Upper School assembly, Brimmer graduates participated in a panel discussion on the impact our Global Studies curriculum and programming had on their college and career choices.
  • Giving Back: A Look at Community Service in Middle School

    Carl Rapisarda Vallely, Head of Middle School
    Community service is a key part of the Middle School experience at Brimmer, and I want to highlight three initiatives that work towards fulfilling our mission to develop ethical citizens who contribute to the greater good in our diverse world.
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