Monthly Archives: July 2017

July 17, 2017, by Ed Melvin

What Does Your Playground Sound Like?

Remove yourself from this moment and return to the time when you were nine years old, full of hope and wonder. Visit your favorite playground; maybe it is the school yard, the neighborhood park, an empty wooded lot or Grandma’s garden. What do you hear? What does your playground sound like? Little voices are calling […]

July 12, 2017, by John Noble

ON PUDDLES AND RIGOR: The Academic and Playful Act of Puddle-Jumping

Imagine a puddle in the courtyard of your school. Then imagine the ways in which it could inspire learning. That is the premise of a pair of short essays found in “The Hundred Languages of Children” (the catalog to an exhibit on Reggio Emilia’s educational philosophy). These essays came to my mind after reading several […]

July 11, 2017, by Lauren Della Bella

Celebrating Jim Steed and His Impact on SHP and Beyond

Let me tell you about my friend Jim. Recently, I lost a friend, an inspiration, a colleague, a person I valued deeply. Jim Steed was a giant of a man, in stature, in spirit and in heart. He loved to solve problems, to help people, to mentor and to teach. He was a loving, kind […]

July 11, 2017, by dthomas

9 Billion Schools: One School’s Journey – Making a Case for the Future

In my last post, 9 Billion Schools: One School’s Journey, I shared a little about an important project SHP Leading Design has undertaken with Mercy McAuley, a new high school that will open in Cincinnati in the fall of 2018. Opening a new school is a feat unto itself, but the Mercy McAuley transition team […]

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