Joshua Neudel's Blog

List of 20 news stories.

  • Sasaki architecture and design firm came to the Brimmer Architecture class.

    A New Depth to Curriculum

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    This fall was filled with similar moments that brought back a sense of normalcy. From fans on the soccer field to our theater filled for the US play, Trap, to classrooms set up for the style of learning we pride ourselves on, it has been a year so far that more resembles 2019 than 2020.
  • Holocaust survivor Abe Piasek.

    To Bear Witness 

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    As educators, we must encourage our students to examine the stories of those who have been the subject of discrimination and hate. In doing so, they learn to recognize and respond to these acts. 
  • In the Classroom: Lessons in Biology

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    Part of my professional practice has been to document the great teaching and learning that occurs in our classrooms. Recently during one of my walk throughs of classes, I found myself in a 9th grade Biology class.
  • The Power of Reflection

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    As the school year ended in June 2021, we finally lifted our heads, stopped sprinting, took a deep breath, and felt the power of the moment and enormity of what had been accomplished. Let’s now focus on looking up, enjoying the moment, and truly being present.
  • Commencement Speech 2021

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    Read Head of Upper School Josh Neudel's speech from Commencement 2021.
  • Finding Moments of Joy and Wonder

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    This year has been marked by so many losses and provided so many limitations that it can sometimes be hard to find those moments when you get the chills. As we approach the one year mark of the shutdown, the losses can feel debilitating if we don’t also look at everything that has been accomplished and find those moments of joy and wonder.
  • Defending the Core of Democracy: A Response to the Attack on the U.S. Capitol

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    It is not clear what will transpire over the next few days, but there is a pathway to change. It requires us to stand up and engage in civil discourse, work together, and live our Core Values. We will continue to work together, students, faculty, and staff to create a positive change at our School, in our community, and beyond.
  • Clayton McLaren '21, Stephanie Cranmore '21, and Kindergarten Teacher Ms. Vaughn shared their stories during a Voices assembly.

    Elevating Black Voices

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    We recently heard the stories of members of our community as part of our Voices assembly program. The program focused on elevating Black voices, and these Brimmer community members shared personal stories about their experiences in school, times when they have experienced anti-Black racism, and moments when they have felt like outsiders.
  • Empowered to Lead at Brimmer and Beyond

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    If we want to live out our guiding principle of “Empowered to Lead,” we need to help students develop their voices, so they feel authorized to enact the changes necessary to improve the world. I believe that we are working to help students see themselves as active participants, rather than young adults who will simply wait for the world to change. 
  • Core Values: Respect & Responsibility

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    Our School’s Core Values of Respect and Responsibility are two of the pillars that are essential to being our best selves and for creating community. To respect is to authentically see another person, hear what they are saying, and to value the contributions of each person. 
  • Remembering 9/11

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    Many adults can still recall where they were when they first heard news of attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the crashing of United Airlines Flight 93. Yet, this year marks the first time that Brimmer does not have any enrolled students who were alive on or before September 11, 2001.
  • Knowing Race Matters

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    We strive to make Brimmer a safe space for everyone who makes up that complex, beautiful tapestryand because of this, we cannot ignore the fact that, in our society, people are treated differently based on their racial identity, their religious believes, or their country of origin. We need to listen to the stories of others, be empathic to those experiences, and use our voices against injustice and inequity
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

    A Unique Opportunity for Upper School Students

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    Brimmer’s Upper School teachers are taking advantage of the current learning environment to provide unique opportunities for our students.
  • Maintaining a Sense of Community During COVID-19

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    While academic growth is the primary purpose of schools, teaching social-emotional skills and guiding students through relationship building is essential for their development.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In The Classroom - Exploring Voice Through Music

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    As I stepped into the Upper School Ensemble class, little did I know that I would be observing the students explore the concept of voice and communication through the lens of music.
  • Student Voice Through Consumer Power

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    Whether it is through clubs, group work in class, little moments in the hallways, or the choices students make in their everyday lives, it is clear that being aware of one's voice and understanding how to use it is a critical part of developing as a young person in today’s world.
  • In the Classroom: Modern World History

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    Simulations are a powerful learning tool. By experiencing events themselves “first-hand,” students are able to think about history in a more profound way.
  • In the Classroom - Neuroscience

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    Read about what our Neuroscience students are learning in the classroom.
    • Head of Upper School Josh Neudel

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