Tim's Blog

Welcome to my blog, a way to present ideas, reflections, and observations with the school community and beyond. I blog on a regular basis, commenting on a thought-provoking experience, a significant development in education, and news of student and teacher work here at Catlin Gabel. My goal is to make you think, provoke a reaction, elicit diverse points of view, and affirm your faith in our school's mission. I hope you'll share with me and other readers any reactions you may have to my posts.

Community and Philanthropy

On Saturday I joined over 300 parents, colleagues, and friends of Catlin Gabel at our annual auction, held this year at the Portland Art Museum. It was a festive gathering, focused on fundraising for the school’s financial aid program, which currently supports 27% of the student body and accounts for $3.5 million or 19% of our total budget. While the final figures are not yet in, the event generated impressive support for this vital mission priority.

A highlight of the evening was remarks…

Posted by Tim Bazemore on Tuesday March 17 at 03:04PM
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College and Catlin Gabel

Every moment of a Catlin Gabel education has value. Together those moments form a remarkable journey of self-discovery and mastery, which itself is an end as much as a means. Still, the journey does lead somewhere. Every year our seniors head to college, after navigating an admission process both revealing and challenging. Presenting themselves and their achievements to colleges is a culmination of the hard work, skills, and confidence they have developed here at Catlin Gabel.

These days the …

Posted by Tim Bazemore on Wednesday February 11
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Teachers and the Future

What is the future of education? What trends, tools, and concepts will challenge traditional notions of teaching and learning? Last Saturday, academically trained futurist Garry Golden (http://www.garrygolden.com/) led the board of trustees and administrative team in a compelling discussion of what might lie ahead—and what that might mean to Catlin Gabel. The session was meant to help the board and school leaders practice big thinking, as we look forward to strategic planning in 2015-16.

At the …

Posted by Tim Bazemore on Tuesday January 20 at 04:26PM
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Equity and Justice

Last week I joined eight students and five colleagues from Catlin Gabel in a memorable journey to Indianapolis. Along with 3,600 adults and teenagers, we attended the 28th annual People of Color Conference, held by the National Association of Independent Schools. The event aims to create a safe and inclusive gathering where educators of color and white allies can leverage racial, ethnic, and cultural differences for educational excellence in our schools.

I attend this conference because it is …

Posted by Tim Bazemore on Thursday December 18, 2014 at 04:36PM
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Measuring Success

I felt very fortunate to be at the Open House student panel last month. Over thirty minutes, I listened with pride as Catlin Gabel seniors interacted with the audience of hopeful and attentive prospective families. The questions touched on school culture, courses, friendships, time management, extracurricular interests, and college. The cheerful panel eagerly responded, sharing their knowledge and personal experiences with warmth and humor. I marveled at their ability to share detailed, focused …

Posted by Tim Bazemore on Friday December 5, 2014
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