WHPS Blog

Positive "Teacher" Language

Written by Seth Pozzi, Asst. Head of School on .

At WHPS, we believe that the way our teachers talk to children is a key ingredient in creating our warm, inclusive community. We know that our language can empower children, and it can be a powerful tool to encourage and support learning. Positive Teacher Language is inextricably tied to our

WHPS Goes Beyond Common Core

Written by Seth Pozzi, Asst. Head of School on .

There is so much hype about Common Core these days. We often get asked on tours of our elementary school, “Do you guys do this Common Core stuff?” I love the question because it provides the perfect opportunity to explain how far we surpass what Common Core aspires to accomplish.
Common Core was

Teaching Children to Care

Written by Seth Pozzi, Asst. Head of School on .

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You may have heard about our new Responsive Classroom program. Our teachers and administration are excited to show you all the nuts and bolts of Responsive Classroom this year. I think you may find the origin of the program just as interesting as how it works. 

In 1981, a group of six passionate

Fostering Self-Reliance During the First Weeks of School

Written by Seth Pozzi, Assistant Head of School on .

Wendy Mogel is one of my favorite authors, and I have had the great privilege of seeing her speak several times. She has worked with children and families all over Los Angeles, and she really "gets" modern parenting. She is the author of: The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and  The Blessing of a B

What the Heck is NGSS?

Written by Seth Pozzi, Assistant Head of School on .

Want to learn a bit more about where we are going with science education? This (approx. 7 minute) video gives a great basic overview of the Next Generation Science Standards.

A note that it’s not a brand new video, and the standards are now widely available. But it is still a good overview.  

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