Author Archives: Janet Hartwell

Celebrating Our Differences

Over the past several months, school and college campuses across America have seen increased examples of language that is offensive, and often racially, sexually, or ethnically discriminatory.  There is no place for that at GFA, and I want to emphasize … Continue reading

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How Do We Do It?

It’s November, and across the nation independent schools are deep into the “admission season, ” with admission professionals and faculty explaining the value added of an independent school education. If I could put the GFA experience into a sentence, I … Continue reading

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An Inspiration at Age 6

When leaders from around the world met this fall at the UN for a Summit on Refugees, President Obama shared a letter from 6-year-old Alex from New York. Alex wanted to invite a young Syrian boy to come live in … Continue reading

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The Road to Inclusivity

Inclusive. What does it mean in a school environment? First, that every individual in our community is viewed as equal. We value all students, appreciate differences, and encourage each to celebrate others. This applies when playing on a team or … Continue reading

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A Real Conversation

The following appeared as an editorial written by Janet Hartwell that appeared in the 2016 Moffly Magazines Independent School Guide: A great education is concerned with students’ intellectual growth, emotional development, and that old-fashioned word, character. As educators, we must … Continue reading

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Mirrors, Discourse, and Ambiguity: Raising Adolescents

  Both educators and parents should be advocates for kids. Part of that is holding up a mirror to show both the beauty and the blemishes in order to help kids negotiate adolescence. We also need to show a blend of … Continue reading

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Welcome, Rhea

  Our Upper Schoolers were wondering about the sculpture that appeared on the lawn over spring break. I finally put the speculations to rest by telling them: It is not an oversize sock puppet, a giant elbow, or knee, or … Continue reading

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