Author Archive - Sara Shifrin

The Power of Pat Donovan

February 27, 2019
At the end of the school year, Pat Donovan has decided that after 39 years at Gould, the time is right to retire. There are no words to describe how much she will be missed…Read More

STEAM – Putting in the creative “A”

June 23, 2017
Gould Academy Steam Camp For Girls There shouldn’t be a choice between science or art. Math or Art. Engineering or Art. Art inspires technology. Art gives technology form and function. Adding the “A” in STEAM means adding in creativity and problem-solving. Unlock…Read More

School is school. Learning is the adventure. 

November 24, 2016
Sunday in Karatu felt like a Sunday at Gould. People slept in late, we had brunch—crepes made by Mia and Madsie—and students organized their day around the time they signed up for an individual conference. …Read More

Finding Uweza in Karatu, Tanzania

November 18, 2016
Uweza: Swahili word for skills, abilities and powers.  Yesterday was our first day of class. Heading out for a 20 minute walk to school—usually alongside a herd of goats, many people on bikes, and some…Read More

How to Build a Foundation with Design Thinking

September 15, 2016
Design Thinking White Board Brainstorming Rapid Design Thinking Challenge: Build a Foundation When you listen to students in between classes, you start to hear how they frame learning: “Did you do all the work last night?” “I think I did…Read More

Tanzania + New York Times + Catching Up

April 13, 2015
Mambo!  I am back from Tanzania and well into the IDEA Center’s first elective, design and fabrication.  Re-entry is always hard, but two recent NYT articles headed me back to the blog to think about…Read More

Amsterdam and Journals

March 17, 2015
We had a great flight over the pond. We are enjoying Schiphiol, and Peter Southam is looking for the longest Dutch word while students start journals.  Quote of the day from Duncan: Mr. Southsm has…Read More

Student Meeting Update

February 19, 2015
Jambo!   This week our group met to review packing lists, host gifts,  the  student contract, and donations.  Here are vital details to remember:   1.  Packing requires 1 backpack, 1 carry on, 1 large…Read More