Category Archives: Cathy Davidson

Friday Closing Session- Graphic Recorder Drawings

The following drawings were generated by the graphic recorders during the closing session at NAISAC13.

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The Daily Find: February 15, 2013

NAIS Conference News

Wireless at this year’s Conference
It is Here! Wireless at this year’s Annual Conference. This has the potential of increasing interactivity throughout the conference and the Online Community. Follow this link to learn [MORE]

Cathy Davidson Photo Credit: Duke University

Meet Cathy Davidson
Meet Cathy Davidson, Keynote speaker for Friday, March 1 3:00 to 4:30. You can read a short bio then explore resources that will further introduce you to her work and what she may share with us at NAISAC13…[MORE]

New This Year…Mobile App for the Conference
You can learn more about this new feature and learn how you can download and begin to use the official conference APP…[MORE]

Conference Workshop News

Graham S. Wyatt to Speak at 2013 NAIS Annual Conference
February 28, 2013
1:30-2:30 p.m.

RAMSA Partner Graham S. Wyatt will present “Building as Teaching Tool: Kohler Environmental Center at Choate Rosemary Hall” at the 2013 National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference. Joining Mr. Wyatt will be Joe Scanio, lead teacher at the Kohler Environmental Center, and Kathleen Lyons Wallace, Associate Headmaster and Dean of Academic Affairs at Choate Rosemary Hall. Their presentation will focus on RAMSA’s recently-completed LEED Platinum Kohler Environmental Center at Choate Rosemary Hall…[MORE]

Independent School Bloggers

EdCaMP Independent Schools
Kelsey Vroomunn
Extend your NAIS experience and attend Saturday’s Edcamp specifically for independent schools.  An edcamp is an unconference, which throws out the traditional presenter/attendee dichotomy and recognizes that everyone has something to share.  The day’s schedule of presentations will emerge organically when…[MORE]

Contribution, Not Participation—Helping Introverted Kids
By Mark Crotty
Recently The Atlantic published “Introverted Kids Need to Learn to Speak Up at School.” The author is Jessica Lahey, a teacher from New Hampshire who also writes about education and parenting for The New York Times. I don’t question that Ms. Lahey wants the best for her students. She writes…[MORE]

NAISAC Addition:

Heard on Twitter

  • The state of our union is…dumber: How the linguistic standard of the presidential address has declined…[STORY]  Shared by Dan Pink
  • Change DNA by Grant Lichtman…[STORYShared by Michael Wirtz

Meet Cathy Davidson

Cathy Davidson Photo Credit Duke University

Friday, March 1, 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Education 2.0 / Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn

Our students and workers are living and thinking in a 21st century, digital, interconnected world, but we’re still educating and training them for a 20th century, industrial, compartmentalized model. That’s Cathy Davidson’s message in her book, Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn.

Although we’ve all welcomed digital technology into our lives, many of us are still skeptical of its effects on our minds. We worry that the Internet, video games, content overload, and multitasking are dumbing us down; we look back with regret at the days people could just sit down, do one thing at a time, and do it well. Davidson demonstrates that this old-fashioned model of attention is just one of many possible ways for the mind to work. She traces “the myth of monotasking” to the specialized assembly-line model of work and education that grew out of the Industrial Revolution. Things have changed, and it’s only right for our brains to change with them. It’s time for schools, workplaces, and our whole approach to attention to change, too.

Davidson is the Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University. She serves on the National Council on the Humanities. Author of more than 20 books, she writes for Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, The Washington Post, and many other publications. Davidson cofounded HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory or “haystack”), a virtual network of more than 8,000 innovators worldwide that directs the annual $2 million HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions (From NAIS Conference site).

You can use the following resources to learn more about Cathy’s work

The Daily Find: February 4, 2013

Welcome to the first issue of The Daily Find for the 2013 Annual Conference. This is a feature of the community were material from different parts of the community are aggregated and featured on the main community blog. As we get closer to the conference, the frequency of The Daily Find will increase to, you guessed it…DAILY. Stories are selected from the Independent Blog list, Twitter, E-mail to, and more. If you have a story or blog entry you would like to share with the broader community, simply send a link to the blog post or text of your story to and it will become part of the larger NAIS AC13 Online Community.

Opening Discussion/Focus
What do you want to see and or hear at this year’s Annual Conference?

Write a blog post on this topic, Tweet the link with hash tag #naisac13 and send the link to Additionally, you can post the link in the NAIS Connect group for the Annual Conference. This will allow for a discussion about your hopes for the 2013 conference. If you don’t have a blog, you can post a blog entry within NAIS Connect (  and link.


I’m Tired
By Bill Ivey
I’m tired of hearing about kids dying by gunfire. I’m tired of writing about kids who die by gunfire. I’m tired of wondering whether people are tired of me writing about kids dying by gunfire. And I’m tired of arguing whether anyone should be writing about kids dying by gunfire.At least we all agree on one thing: it’s a tragedy when a kid dies suddenly and unexpectedly simply because someone else decided, for whatever reason and sometimes without even knowing their victim, that they should die.Or do we?…MORE

Failure is Mandatory: Creating a Culture of Innovation
Shared by Beth Holland

Progressive school administrators understand that teachers need room to explore and experiment to uncover ways to use technology effectively in the service of learning. These administrators recognize that initial tech integration forays may fall short, or even fail, but they realize that experiences gleaned help build institutional knowledge of best practices. Ultimately, enhanced community-wide knowledge and understanding of tech integration practices reduces fears and uncertainties — at both an individual and school-wide level — and provides a foundation for growth. A common trait of successful education technology programs is a culture of innovation where administrators understand that increasing institutional growth means that failure …. is mandatory…MORE


The Community Daily
February 4, 2013

You want to know what it really feels like to be learning disabled?
Shared by Cathy Davidson (NAIS Featured Speaker)
For two days, I sat glumly in a higher-powered meeting of program directors for a famous philanthropic organization frustrated that I was unable to log in to my laptop to be able to do the exercises others were doing around me.  It was a very simple log in:  “Username:  Guest    Password:  Guest@0000.”  I tried probably twenty times.  It’s frustrating having a broken computer.  Such terrible programming! Except, when I confided the problem to a colleague and she offered to try for me, she was able to log in on the first try.The programming problem was in my brain…MORE 

Why Great Teachers are Also Learners
Shared by Vicki Davis
As a teacher, the most important asset I can teach my students is a love of learning. In my 10 years teaching high school, I have found that making a deliberate and transparent effort to continue my own learning allows me to inspire my students to follow my footsteps. Here are some best practices that I have created for myself, to facilitate both my own learning and my students’ passion to learn…MORE