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Lee Palmer

Lee Palmer is the Chief Innovation Officer for Blyth-Templeton Academy and the former Head of School. She has previously served as Principal of the Upper School at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, Interim Principal of the Upper School at Trinity School in New York City, Science Chair at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore and as a founding board member of the Global Online Academy. Educated at Cornell University (B.S.), Rutgers University (M.S.) and Towson University (Secondary Education), Lee is deeply committed to student-centered, global experiential education.

Recent Posts

4 Things Parents Should “Unlearn” When it Comes to Education

student-centered learning, parents and education

 In my more than 30 years teaching and leading high schools, I often see parents unknowingly sabotage their own child’s success. They’ve been bombarded with messages that tell them, “the more involved you are in your child’s education, the more they will learn.”

The interpretation of this involvement maxim has come to mean helping with homework, rushing to school to bring the forgotten book, offering a multitude of enrichment activities, hiring tutors, and using carrots and sticks to motivate.

It’s not that parent involvement isn’t crucial to success, but many of us are doing it wrong. 

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The Two Big Reasons You Won’t Find AP Courses at Our Small Independent DC School

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Earlier this year, eight independent schools in DC made headlines when they collectively announced their decision to move away from offering Advanced Placement (AP) courses to their high school students.

While this move represented a major and potentially controversial step for these school leaders, the team here at Blyth-Templeton Academy (BTA) was not surprised by it.

The question of AP courses was one that we considered long and hard as we developed our school model three years ago, and at the time, we deliberately chose a forward thinking vision of education that didn’t include APs. In...

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The Importance of a Learner-Driven Community at the High School Level

adolescent development, experiential learning

For most adults, thinking about our teenage years brings back powerful and distinct memories--memories of a first job, a first relationship, a significant class where you fell in love with a topic, a tough family situation, an identity crisis.

These memories and experiences from adolescence go on to shape our adult lives in significant ways.

In the same way that your first heartbreak may have taught you a lot about relationships, your high school learning environment shaped the way you tackle challenges, think through tough problems, learn and retain information, ask questions, collaborate...

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How Private School in D.C. Can Be Accessible to All Families

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The education landscape of D.C. can be difficult for families to navigate for both positive and negative reasons.  On the positive side, D.C. has a wide variety of school choices based on program, location, and cost. On the negative side, it’s a challenge to find the right fit for your family with so many choices.  

Public, charter, parochial and private schools are the traditional routes when it comes to education in D.C., but for many families there is never the opportunity for a true choice for their child. 

What can families do? Money doesn’t grow on trees, and if families don’t have...

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Why The Best Private High Schools Are Committed to Inclusion

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When we think of education, our minds tend to go to academics and grades. While these are indeed important components, social and emotional skills are equally valuable. Inclusion, a term that you may frequently hear or read about in conversations and articles, describes the practices that create an environment where all students feel socially and emotionally safe.

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