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Rick Ackerly

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Rick Ackerly

As school principal, consultant and friend I help parents with parenting. Currently Head of School of the Children&rsquo;s Day School in San Francisco, I have been working with young people and their parents and teachers since 1967. I have been the headmaster of four schools in four different cities around the country: Kansas City, New York, Oakland and San Francisco. In addition to parenting I consult with schools in the areas of leadership training, communication, community building, strategic planning and diversity training. Beginning as a high school mathematics teacher I also taught history and political science to middle school students and served as Director of Admission. Graduating from Williams College with a BA in political science I also hold an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, completed graduate work in applied theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and taken additional postgraduate courses at Harvard University, the University of Virginia and the University of Massachusetts. I am the father of four and grandfather of five. As a writer I am currently working on a book entitled <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rickackerly.com" target="_blank">The Genius in Children: Bringing out the Best in Your Child</a>. My favorite non-professional activity is forestry and building cabins in the woods. <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rickackerly.com" target="_blank">My Blog</a>: www.rickackerly.com; www.google.com/profiles/rackerly.

Stories by Rick Ackerly

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster; And treat those two imposters both the same …—Rudyard Kipling While formulating hypotheses,...
No Child Left Behind has accomplished what many educators predicted. It has ensured that those who usually get left behind get left more behind. It...
In response to Air Traffic Controller II, one parent wrote: During holiday breaks such as Christmas or summer, many children will be home for a...
I refer to my mother’s role managing four children in the mid-1950s as an air traffic controller. (See: Air Traffic Controller Part I.) In some...
In 1955, when I was in fifth grade, back before there were such things as “play dates,” my main activity with or without a friend was...
The other day, a woman told me about a conversation she had with other moms from her son’s school. The topic fell to the differences between...
On the second day of school, Sofia was crying on a bench. I sat next to her and asked her what the matter was. She said: “I want my Mommy. I...
Jorge arrived back at school from the four-day, sixth grade camping trip dressed like a girl. He had on a skirt and a blouse he had borrowed from one...
A few months ago a mother shared this story with me: “My son’s best friend told him yesterday that his dad was a boy soldier and fired...
When my daughter, Brooke, was one, she decided to take a walk. She opened the screen door to our summerhouse, stepped down to the flagstone walk, and...
In response to Only Real Men Can Wear Pink, one mother wrote: “… it’s inevitable that children will be exposed to generalizations...
John Hooker, kindergarten teacher, came to class in a pink shirt one day. In kindergarten, there had been a few occasions of students remarking that...
Jane, the mother of a three-year-old, emailed me the following story ... Freddy and I were cleaning up his toys that were strewn about the family...
When my mother was seventy-five, she found herself alone. Even though she was a home manager with over fifty years of experience and had spent the...
Getting Our Butterflies to Fly in Formation On the first day of kindergarten for the class of 2015, die kinder were all over the playground swinging...