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April 7th marked the 40th anniversary of Requests for Comments or RFC. In "How the Internet Got Its Rules," in the New York Times, Stephen D. Crocker  recounts the fluidity as the World Wide Web became codified. RFC's are the technical working papers that worked through and created internet standards and protocols that allowed different machines and languages to communicate. It's a fascinating story.

"After all, everyone understood there was a practical value in choosing to do the same task in the same way. For example, if we wanted to move a file from one machine to another, and if you were to design the process one way, and I was to design it another, then anyone who wanted to talk to both of us would have to employ two distinct ways of doing the same thing. So there was plenty of natural pressure to avoid such hassles. It probably helped that in those days we avoided patents and other restrictions; without any financial incentive to control the protocols, it was much easier to reach agreement.

This was the ultimate in openness in technical design and that culture of open processes was essential in enabling the Internet to grow and evolve as spectacularly as it has. In fact, we probably wouldn't have the Web without it..." (NYT)
The article leaves me with a powerful lasting thought- openness and transparency.  

"As we rebuild our economy, I do hope we keep in mind the value of openness, especially in industries that have rarely had it. Whether it's in health care reform or energy innovation, the largest payoffs will come not from what the stimulus package pays for directly, but from the huge vistas we open up for others to explore."
The Internet makes AdmissionsQuest and our work with families possible and it's opened and continues opening new ways of communicating and connecting the boarding school world.  YouTube and Podcasting didn't exist when we started.

Openness and transparency foster new ideas, great creative thinking and healthy relationships and these are also the foundations of great boarding schools.


Boarding School Podcast Sustainablity Series

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In light of the economic downturn, school sustainability and adaptive strategies have been hot topics for a number of months. No one is spared from the realities of a shrinking economy- schools, families, students- we're all impacted.

To encourage a conversation about the options available to families and schools, AQ's Boarding School Podcast hosted a four part sustainability series featuring leaders in the private school world. Each interview provides history, current thinking and insights regarding adapting for the future. I encourage you to listen and share.

Boarding School Podcast: Sustainability Series

Boarding Schools Adapting To A Changing Environment
Pete Upham, Executive Director, The Association of Boarding Schools

The Value of Working with an Educational Consultant in a Tight Economic Climate
Mark Sklarow, Executive Director, Independent Educational Consultants Association

Exploring School Sustainability Directions & Ideas with Patrick Bassett, President, National Association of Independent Schools
Patrick Bassett, President of the National Association of Independent Schools

Approaching Financial Aid in an Economic Downturn
Martin Peyer, CEO, TADS & Jamie Miller, Director of Financial Aid, Blue Ridge School

A Podcast Conversation About Affording Private School in an Economic Downturn

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Addressing the admissions notification and financial aid season, we produced a podcast today discussing financial aid in tight times.

Peter spoke with Martin Peyer, CEO of Tuition Data Services and Jamie Miller, Director of Financial Aid at the Blue Ridge School. They explored financial aid and tuition payment strategies for families as they make their private school commitment for 2009-2010.

Suggestions to families include:

Opening a dialog with admission and financial aid officers at the start of the application process

Prepare to document your financial condition

Explore tuition payment plans and lending options

Ask the financial aid officers about resources. They know the foundations and sources interested in supporting their students.

Please share their commentary and suggestions as we work through then enrollment and financial aid process in this difficult environment. The episode is available below, through our Boarding School Podcast directory or AQ's iTunes channel.

Approaching Financial Aid in a Recession Download the .mp3 (Audio) (16.9 MB)

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Just before Christmas, I visited Kents Hill School to sit down with Pete Hodgin to talk about his use of social media in his economics and history courses for AQ's Boarding School Podcast series. I encourage you to give the two part episode a listen if you haven't had a chance- (Valuing Social Media in the Classroom: The Work of Peter Hodgin, Kents Hill School & Valuing Social Media in the Classroom: Expanding Discourse and Teaching Challenges) .

I also recorded a handful of video interviews with students as I toured campus and each zeroed in on the school's community when I asked them the question, "Why Kents Hill School?"

Students spoke of a tight knit community that encourages kids to try new things and take chances without fear of failure. I also heard the phrase "welcoming community" a number of times throughout the day-- always a good sign.

Today I'm taking folks at Westover School, a girls boarding school in Middlebury, CT, through my social media workshop. As with each workshop, my desire is to be both theoretical and practical. One goal the workshop is to collaborate with the school to produce a finished blog post (missing accomplished!).

As homework, my Westover friends sent a list of five happenings/programs/events that they'd like to get the story out on.

Five Things to Know about Westover School

  1. WISE program and our push toward enrolling more in this award-winning program.

  2. Special program with Manhattan School of music.

  3. Special Dance program with Brass City Ballet.

  4. Solar/co-generation "Green" project that will provide our campus with 25% of our own energy.

  5. Our exchange programs: getting them more attention!

Time permitting, I hope that we can focus on one (or two) of these and record a podcast conversation around it. My goal is to post it to the Boarding School Podcast next week.

I hope to be able to do some live blogging and tell the workshop's story as we move through tomorrow.   Updates should appear on Twitter.

In the meantime, think about which of the topics might interest you and take some time to learn more about Westover School.

Westover School Kicks off its 100th Year

On the heels of the Wyoming milestone, we see that our friends at Westover School celebrated the start of their 100th year. The school's formal year-long celebration begins in April 2009, but it's never to early to say congratulations.

You can read more about the milestone & last week's convocation by reading their announcement on our site (Westover Begins its 100th Year).

Stay tuned for an upcoming podcast with Laura Volovski, Westover's Director of Admission. We sat down at last weekend's School Connections Workshop to talk about the school's special offerings.

Update: The podcast interview with Laura Volovski is available. You can listen to this episode of the Boarding School Podcast (Westover School's Special Offerings) by downloading it from the site or iTunes.
First off, my apologies for the week between posts. Last week I took a bit of R&R and Brian is off right now. I'll see about lining up some guest bloggers to keep onBoarding Schools churning at its normal pace the next time we pause to catch our breath.

While I was away we did finish & post a list of private school job resources. It was in response to the steady flow of e-mails from prospective teachers inquiring about how & where to begin the job hunt.

While researching the article I came across a podcast by David Lourie, Head of School at St. Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville, VA. David recently devoted an entire show to faculty recruitment and talks about how important the process is to the school.

It's a must hear for anyone considering a career in prep school teaching. You can listen to it on their site or download it from iTunes, Odeo or Juice.

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