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Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life

Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life

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February 27th 2012:The Future of Education: Three Visionary Educators Share What Today’s Kids Need Most from Education

When Andrew Kutt founded Oneness-Family School in Chevy Chase, MD, he imagined a place where children learned firsthand that the world is one family. North Branch School Founder Tal Birdsey wanted to build a school for middle school kids in Vermont’s Green Mountains that celebrates the complexity and individuality of children at that often misunderstood age. Laura Kang stepped into the role of Head of School at Eagle Cove School on the Chesapeake Bay because she was drawn to its mission of academic excellence, joy in learning and stewardship of community and environment. These leaders share a

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Tal Birdsey

Tal Birdsey, Head Teacher, North Branch School – Ripton, VT Tal Birdsey is the head teacher of the North Branch School, which he co-founded in 2001. He teaches literature, poetry, creative writing, religion, ethics, history, art and art history, and serves as counselor, admissions officer, soccer coach, newsletter editor, assistant wiffleball coach, and resident Flat-Earth Society Scholar. Tal published “A Room For Learning: The Making of a School In Vermont” which recounts the beginnings of the North Branch School and the intricate and comical adventures involved in making an alternative school in the Green Mountains in Vermont. "If education interests you--if kids interest you--th
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Laura Kang

Laura Kang, Head of School, Eagle Cove School – Pasadena, MD Laura Kang is Head of School at Eagle Cove School. The School’s mission is to maintain a culture of academic excellence as we foster within students respect, responsibility, joy in lifelong learning and habits of environmental and community stewardship. In her nearly 30 years in independent school education, she has learned how important it is to keep the entire course of a child’s personal and educational development in mind: past, present and future. From working with toddlers to seniors in high school, she has become fascinated with the intersection of neuroscience and best teaching and learning practices. Laura finds hers
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Andrew Kutt

Andrew Kutt, Oneness-Family School – Chevy Chase, MD For over 20 years, Andrew Kutt has guided the Oneness-Family School, a Montessori-based educational institution that produces confident individuals filled with a life-long love of learning. The School empowers students, teaches conflict resolution, and is a place where learning is not just about finding the right answers but about asking questions on the journey. The curriculum incorporates academics, self-discovery, and world service in order for students to develop the leadership skills necessary to meet the challenges of a global society. Andrew has 25 years of experience as a Montessori teacher and administrator. He is the foun
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