All-School Calendar
  • May 2017
    • FriMay26 After School at Laurel Classes End
    • FriMay26 MS Green and White Day
    • FriMay26 US May Term
    • FriMay26 LSPA Volunteer Thank You Morning 8:15 AM to 9:30 AM

The Cleveland Jewish News recently spoke with Leighann DeLorenzo Laurel's Upper School theater director, who began teaching a Testimony Theater course this semester after visiting Israel in January 2016. In Testimony Theater, survivors of the Holocaust are paired with young people, and the survivors tell their stories. The students then write the stories in a theatrical framework and perform an original theater piece based off the story. On May 4 the 12 students enrolled in Testimony Theater performed the stories of three survivors for a full house. Leighann was quoted in the story saying, “As we move forward as a community, it’s also about extending that lens forward into the now, into the present, whether that has to do with the current refugee crisis, civil rights, equal rights, any other movement where we’re really talking about people that are marginalized." She said having her students learn the stories of these survivors was an important part of their education. “We can really use these painful stories of yesterday that are also incredibly inspiring and really they can be transformative for our students today and turn them into the upstanders they should be and inspire them in their education at Laurel." Click here to read the full article. 

Playhouse Square announced its Dazzle Awards nominees on April 28 and we are excited to share that Nora Hyman '17 received a John and Patricia Chapman Best Actress nomination for her role as 'Audrey' in Laurel's production of Little Shop of Horrors! The Playhouse Square website states that "The Dazzle Awards aim to inspire and honor excellence in high school musical theater, and to recognize the importance of musical theater and arts education within the Northeast Ohio community. A panel of adjudicators attend one production at each participating school, provide educational feedback on the official evaluation form and determine nominees and awards for participating schools. This regional program culminates at the Connor Palace with the Dazzle Awards, modeled after the Tony Awards®, to recognize outstanding musical theater productions and students. The winners in the Best Actor and Best Actress category will have the opportunity to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City." The Dazzle Award winners will be announced on May 20, 2017. The grand prize winners in The John and Patricia Chapman Best Actor and Best Actress categories will go on to represent Northeast Ohio at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as “The Jimmys,” in New York City, presented by The Broadway League.   

Laurel School's Annella Fernandez '17 is being recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Cleveland (NAMI GC) for her efforts to raise awareness of mental illness among her peer group. Annella will receive the Mental Health Teen Award on May 5 during the NAMI GC Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony. The Awards Ceremony will honor outstanding achievement in promoting and providing mental health services for individuals, families and organizations in the year 2016. Naturally drawn to the study of psychology, Annella has spent time shadowing a pediatric psychologist. In 2016 she wrote What I Learned and What You Need to Know: A Brief Introduction to Behavioral Disorders in Adolescents, a collection of vignettes about the patient cases she shadowed along with factual information about the mental health diagnoses. Congratulations to Annella!

Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz recently lent her voice for NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) Member Voices, a new podcast series about the individuals who make up the independent school community. Each Podcast features a discussion with a different staff member at an NAIS-member school about his or her role, challenges, successes, inspiration sources and more. Ms. Klotz was one of the first to launch in the series, which has been very well received within the independent school community. Click here to listen to Ann’s podcast on leadership, empowering girls and the ways in which the Center for Research on Girls fuels our practice at Laurel. 

Laurel School alum Marne Levine '88 was recently featured in a Wall Street Journal article highlighting her role as chief operating officer for Instagram. Ms. Levine, a former White House official, arrived in the Silicon Valley in 2015 and "has been helping Instagram mature into a full-fledged business." The article quotes Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s co-founder and chief executive, who calls Ms. Levine "'an efficiency guru' who has helped the app avoid some of the pitfalls of rapid growth."

Prior to joining Instagram, Ms. Levine served as vice president of global public policy for Facebook, where she "grew the policy team, which manages Facebook’s relationship with governments and responds to privacy laws and regulation, from fewer than a dozen people to more than a hundred." The article goes on to state that "once Ms. Levine moved over to Instagram at the beginning of 2015, she dove in with the creation of a formal budget, giving the company a comprehensive view of its spending for the first time. She also pushed to expand the Instagram partnerships team, which manages the app’s relationship with public figures, publishers and others to ensure that they continued to flock to Instagram. She helped hire influential figures such as Eva Chen, former editor of Lucky magazine, to oversee its fashion ties, and Lauren Wirtzer-Seawood, who led Beyonce’s digital strategy, to run music partnerships."

The article details Ms. Levine's path to success at Instagram. Click here to read the full story. 

Northeast Ohio Parent published an article in April highlighting "Ways Kids in Northeast Ohio are Learning to Help the Environment." The story highlights various local organizations that are working to preserve our environment with the support of kids. Laurel's Outdoor Pre-Primary School, which educates students age 3-5 outside year-round regardless of the weather, is detailed in the article. The piece focuses on how students develop an immense respect for living things, learn about habitats and ecosystems, and develop a stewardship and understanding of environmental responsibility through composting and recycling.

Audrey Elszasz, Outdoor Pre-Primary teacher and Outdoor Education Specialist at Laurel, is quoted in the story saying “above all, they learn to understand the human impact on the Earth and discover how we can interact with nature and do no harm. These students develop such a love for the planet and learn to think about how to always do right by it.”

Laurel parent Rebecca Coley says her daughter’s experiences with the program include “hiking to base camp and traversing down challenging terrain, being independent and excited to put on her gear and get muddy, catching salamanders with her bare hands, and investigating animal tracks.”

 

Laurel School was pleased to host Frank Bruni, New York Times Op-Ed columnist and author, on April 6. Mr. Bruni spoke to Laurel parents, faculty, staff, trustees and local alumnae on the college admissions mania and how where you go to college does not define you. The talk, based on his best-selling book, Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania, was a lively one attended by more than 250 people. 

Your Teen Magazine had a chance to speak with Mr. Bruni prior to his talk at Laurel and the resulting Q&A, titled How to Pick a College And Other Great Advice from Author Frank Bruni, which highlights the bias of early decision, recent changes in financial aid, open-mindedness and more. In this Q&A, Mr. Bruni states that "Education is about so very much more than the onramp to college or than college itself. It’s an ongoing, all-encompassing, lifelong thing."  

Currents also highlighted the talk in their May 18 issue in an article titled, "Frank Bruni Works to Dispel Myths About College Admissions Process."

Laurel Eighth Grader Isabella (Izzy) A. '21 competed in the 2017 Ohio K-12 Chinese Speech and Essay Contest on April 8, 2017 at Cleveland State University. This annual competition is held for elementary, middle and high school students from Ohio. During the competition, students compete by either composing an essay or giving a speech in Chinese on a selected topic. The contestants are judged by experienced Chinese language teachers, and prizes are awarded during a ceremony at the end of the contests. Izzy competed among 22 students in the intermediate level for Grades 6-8 and placed second in her category! Congratulations to Izzy on this well-earned honor.  

 

A recent EdSurge article titled "What Would Happen if Learning in School Became More Like Working at a Startup?" highlights the abundance of startup and entrepreneurial programs springing up in and around K-12 schools across the country. The article states that "Successful students, like startups, are those who are resilient, constantly absorbing new information and challenging their assumptions. What’s more, an entrepreneurial culture, carefully scaffolded, can help schools transform and unlock learning in ways that more traditional coursework cannot."

Laurel physics teacher Taylor Kaar, who also serves as Director of Entrepreneurship, is included in the story, which highlights both the Capstone Experience and the Veale Venture Challenge, two entrepreneurship programs offered to Laurel Upper School students. Taylor is quoted saying, “At Laurel School, we know that being an entrepreneur is a mindset, one that requires resiliency, problem solving, and passion. These are skills and traits that we feel are universally desirable today, and we know that the skills a girl learns at Laurel School’s entrepreneurship offerings will be transferable to any field.”

Covering four years, the entrepreneurship category of the Capstone Program asks high school students to lead and drive their own learning. The Veale Venture Challenge, through a series of steps—including the development of a business plan and a presentation to investors—aims to help students start a business while they are still in the school.

Laurel students Grace Murphy '17 and Henley Schulz '18 recently earned National Silver Medals in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Grace and Henley have been identified by panels of creative professionals as the most talented young artists and writers in the nation. This year's contest attracted more than 330,000 works of art and writing. Of these, only the top one percent were recognized at the national level.

Grace received a National Silver Medal for her earrings, titled Squiral. Henley was awarded a National Silver Medal in the Photography category for her color photograph titled Surrounded. Congratulations to Grace and Henley for their incredible achievements! 

  • May 2017
    • FriMay26 After School at Laurel Classes End
    • FriMay26 MS Green and White Day
    • FriMay26 US May Term
    • FriMay26 LSPA Volunteer Thank You Morning 8:15 AM to 9:30 AM
    • FriMay26 CCIS Grade 8 Promotion Dance 8:00 PM to 10:15 PM
    • SatMay27 MS Homework-Free Weekend
    • SatMay27 Ramadan Begins
    • MonMay29 Dream Week
    • MonMay29 Memorial Day: NO CLASSES - BUILDING CLOSED
    • TueMay30 US May Term
    • WedMay31 After School Supervised Play and MS Den End
    • WedMay31 US May Term
    • WedMay31 Primary Gator Day 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • June 2017
    • ThuJun01 US May Term
    • ThuJun01 Pre-Primary Early Dismissal (Last Day of Classes) 11:30 AM

Leadership & Advisory Panel

Laurel's Center for Research on Girls Leadership & Advisory

Ann V. Klotz ~ Founder

Head of School
Laurel School

Ann V. Klotz photoAnn V. Klotz began her tenure as Laurel’s tenth Head of School on July 1, 2004. Committed to academic excellence, Klotz is equally devoted to the social and emotional development of girls and enthusiastically champions Laurel’s legacy as a school that fosters confidence, creativity, critical thinking and compassion in its students.

As a graduate of The Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, Klotz experienced first-hand the opportunities afforded girls who are educated in an environment dedicated to their particular strengths and needs. A cum laude graduate of Yale, she obtained her Master of Arts degree from New York University where she majored in Individual Study of Drama.

Prior to her arrival at Laurel, Klotz spent twenty years as an educator and administrator at The Chapin School in New York City. She served as Director of College Guidance and as a member of Chapin’s administrative team, while maintaining ongoing roles as head of the Drama Department, coordinator of the Fine Arts Department and teacher of Upper School English. Klotz continues to help lead the highly successful summer program for high schools students she and her husband, Seth Orbach, established in Pennsylvania - the Ensemble Theatre Community School.

Klotz is a graduate of Leadership Cleveland, sits on the Board of Directors of City Year, Inc. and is a member of the National Leadership Council for Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. She also served as the 2007-2008 Board Chair of the Cleveland Council of Independent Schools (CCIS), a consortium of Northeast Ohio independent schools.

Contact Ann at aKlotz@LaurelSchool.org or phone 216-455-3000

Lisa Damour, Ph.D. ~ Director

Department of Psychology
Case Western Reserve University

Consulting Psychologist
Laurel School

Dr. Lisa DamourLisa Damour, Ph.D. is the Director of Laurel School's Center for Research on Girls. After graduating with honors from Yale University, Dr. Damour received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan. She has worked for the Yale Child Study Center and is the recipient of training fellowships from the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Yale’s Bush Center for Child Development and Social Policy, and the University of Michigan’s Power Foundation.

Dr. Damour is the author of numerous academic papers, chapters, and books related to education and child development. She is co-author with Dr. James Hansell of Abnormal Psychology, a widely-used college textbook and co-author with Dr. Anne Curzan of First Day to Final Grade, a handbook introducing college instructors to the art and craft of teaching. Her forthcoming book for parents of teenage girls will be published by Ballantine Books, a division of Random House.

Dr. Damour maintains a private psychotherapy practice, consults and speaks internationally, and is a faculty associate of the Schubert Center for Child Studies and a clinical instructor at Case Western Reserve University.

Contact Lisa at lDamour@LaurelSchool.org or phone 216-455-3061

Tori Cordiano, Ph.D. ~ Assistant Director

Department of Psychology
John Carroll University

Consulting Psychologist
Laurel School

Tori Cordiano, Ph.D. is the Assistant Director of Laurel School's Center for Research on Girls. She is dedicated to the practical application of empirical research on girls' learning and development and to thinking about new avenues for exploring how girls grow.

Dr. Cordiano graduated with honors from Case Western Reserve University where she also received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She was the recipient of the Brisky Fellowship for her research in the area of children's pretend play and creativity.

Dr. Cordiano is the co-author of several book chapters and research papers related to pretend play, play assessment, children's creativity, and parenting interventions. She teaches in the master's counseling program at John Carroll University and in the doctoral physical therapy program at Cleveland State University. Dr. Cordiano maintains a private practice, where she specializes in psychotherapy and assessment with children, adolescents, and families.

Contact Tori at tCordiano@LaurelSchool.org or phone 216-751-5442

Eileen P. Anderson-Fye, Ed.D

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Case Western Reserve University


Eileen P. Anderson-Fye, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University whose research centers around the well-being of adolescents in contexts of socio-cultural change.  She studies how adolescents - already going through normative developmental changes - make sense of changing contexts around them in ways that both help and hinder their well-being, and particularly mental health.  Dr. Anderson-Fye's work aims to identify and explain processes by which adolescents engage in pathways to well-being or distress with the ultimate aim of interventions in practice and policy to increase adolescent well-being and reduce distress. 

Dr. Anderson-Fye's work has appeared in a variety of scholarly publications including the "Harvard Educational Review," "Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry," "ETHOS," "The International Encyclopedia of Adolescence," and "The Handbook of Eating Disorders and Obesity."


Anne Curzan, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of English
University of Michigan

Professor Anne Curzan is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Michigan. She also has a faculty appointment in the School of Education. Professor Curzan's research interests include the history of English, language and gender, corpus linguistics, medieval language and literature, historical sociolinguistics, pedagogy, and lexicography. In addition to her teaching, research, and administrative posts in the English Department, Professor Curzan is co-editor of the Journal of English Linguistics.
Professor Curzan's published work includes:
How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction. 2006. 
With Michael Adams. New York: Pearson/Longman.
Gender Shifts in the History of English. 2003. 
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
First Day to Final Grade: A Graduate Student’s Guide to Teaching. 2nd Ed. 2006. With Lisa Damour. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
Studies in the History of the English Language II: Unfolding Conversations. 2004. Ed. with Kimberly Emmons. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Numerous articles and book reviews.

JoAnn Deak, Ph.D.

Principal, The Deak Group

JoAnn Deak, Ph.D., has spent more than twenty years as an educator and psychologist, helping children develop into confident and competent adults. The latter half of that period has focused on working with parents and teachers in their roles as guides for children. On her website is a quote that best describes her perspective on her work: "Every interaction a child has, during the course of a day, influences the adult that child will become." 

Parents and educators from schools in the United States and abroad, as well as organizations such as the National Association of Independent Schools, International Schools Association of Africa, etc., have heralded Dr. Deak's ability to demystify complex issues of child development, learning, identify formation and brain research. Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia and The Shelter of Each Other has called Dr. Deak "an earnest idealist and a 
rigorous researcher... a good combination of head and heart." Michael Thompson, author of Raising Cain and Best Friends, Worst Enemies, has said that her writing "offers parents humor, understanding, parenting philosophy, and well founded words of wisdom."

In the 1980's Dr. Deak worked with the Laurel School as a consulting psychologist, where she participated in a six-year study with Harvard and a team of researchers led by Carol Gilligan. Following that study, Dr. Deak joined Laurel School as the Director of the Lower School and Director of the Middle School. She also was the founding Director of Early Childhood. She left Laurel in 1999 to expand her consulting role with parents, schools and other organizations nationwide and internationally.


Dr. Deak has been an advisor to Outward Bound, a past chair of the National Committee for Girls and Women in Independent Schools, on the advisory board of New Moon Magazine, the Seattle Girls' School, Bromley Brook School, Lendl Montessori School, Power Play and Girls Can Do. She consults with organizations and schools across the in the United States. Most recently she has worked with international education associations and parent groups in Australia, Borneo, Canada, England, Ethiopia, France, India, Kenya, the Philippines, Nepal, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. She has been awarded the 2003 Woman of Achievement Award by the National Coalition of Girls' Schools and was given the first Female Educator of the Year Award 2002 by Orchard House School. She has been named the Visiting Scholar in New Zealand in 2004, the Visiting Scholar for The Red Oak School for 2004/2005 and the Resident Scholar for the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute in Colorado Springs for 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Dr. Deak has written two books:
How Girls Thrive, published by the National Association of Independent Schools. 1998

Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters, Hyperion. 2002

Co-edited one book:
The Book of Hopes and Dreams

Contributed to two books:
What I Wish You Knew: Letters from Our Daughters' Lives, and Expert Advice on Staying Connected. American Girl. 2001

Written numerous articles and is working on her next book:
The Brain Matters: A Middle of the Road Guide for Parenting and Teaching.


Carol Gilligan, Ph.D.

Professor of Humanities and Applied Psychology
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

New York University

Carol Gilligan is a psychologist and writer whose 1982 book In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women’s Development was described by Harvard University Press as “the little book that started a revolution.” She initiated the Harvard Project on Women’s Psychology and Girls’ Development and co-authored or co-edited five books with her students, including Meeting at the Crossroads (with Lyn Mikel Brown), based on the study at Laurel School and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1992. She is the author of The Birth of Pleasure: A New Map of Love (2002), Kyra: A Novel  (2008), and most recently, Joining the Resistance(2011). A member of the Harvard faculty for many years, she held the university’s first chair in gender studies. She is currently University Professor of Applied Psychology and the Humanities at New York University.

Michael Manos, Ph.D.

Section Head of Pediatric 
Behavioral Medicine
Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Michael Manos is a world-renowned clinician in the field of behavioral pediatrics, learning disabilities and pharmacotherapy, with a particular specialty in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). 

Manos is the director of the ADHD Center for Evaluation and Treatment at the Cleveland Clinic and a member of the ASC’s Advisory Board.


Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D., FAAP

Co-Director for the Center for the Study of Learning and Attention
Department of Pediatrics
Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Sally E. Shaywitz is a professor of Pediatric Neurology at Yale University. She is the author of Overcoming Dyslexia and has published articles in many scientific and popular journals, including NatureJournal of the American Medical AssociationScientific American and Child. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Shaywitz's ground-breaking research focuses on disorders of higher cognitive function in children, adolescents and young adults; of particular interest is the investigation of endocrinologic influences, gender differences and social and behavioral influences underlying dyslexia and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Investigations of endocrinologic and gender influences include examination of the influence of sex hormones on cognitive development during puberty and in a complementary study, hormonal/cognitive relationships in adult women. These studies use functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate the influence of hormones on brain organization women. 

Dr. Shaywitz is also engaged in an epidemiologic, longitudinal study of the cognitive and behavioral development of a representative group of 400 Connecticut school children whom we have been following for the past 12 years. This study, the Connecticut Longitudinal Study allows her to characterize the parameters of normal development (intelligence, academic achievement, behavior, school performance, self-perception), and to examine specific influences on these parameters (for example, how much change in IQ over time should be considered "normal" and what is the influence of gender, socioeconomic status, mother's education on IQ variation).

Catherine A. Steiner-Adair, Ed.D.

Research Associate in Psychology
Department of Psychology
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Eating Disorders Education and Prevention at the Klarman Eating Disorders Center at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass.  She was the recipient of generous funding from the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Foundation to research and develop an eating disorders primary prevention program for girls ages 8-13. Emphasizing girls personal power and overall mental and physical wellness, it addresses critical issues of body preoccupation and reduces risk for disordered eating in girls (grades 3-8). This is the first primary prevention program of its kind to show sustained positive changes in girls body image, body satisfaction and body esteem.

A founding member of the International Academy of Eating Disorders, Dr. Steiner-Adair lectures internationally on eating disorders. In 2001, Dr. Steiner-Adair was invited to write a new forward to the 20th edition of the Golden Cage, the classic text on eating disorders by Hilde Bruch. She was awarded the Lori Irving Prevention Award by the National Eating Disorders Association in September 2005.

Her current research in eating disorders prevention focuses more specifically on ethnicity and cultural sensitivity. With funding from the Hadassah Foundation, she is the co-author of Bishvili, For Me: a Jewish Guide to Full of Ourselves, for Jewish day schools and camps.

Dr. Steiner-Adair consults widely in the American Jewish community with Rabbis, day school and youth educators, health practitioners, parents, camps and non-profit organizations. She has spoken at events for several Jewish Women’s Fund chapters (Chicago, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, Palm Beach) and Jewish non-profit organizations (The Hadassah Foundation, Jewish Camping Foundation, The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, Facing History and Ourselves). Catherine has worked extensively in Israel, speaking publicly and providing professional development at leading hospitals, academic institutions, and the Knesset. In 2006 she was recognized as one of Jewish Women International’s "10 Woman to Watch" for the depth of her work on raising healthy confident girls and preventing eating disorders.

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"Laurel transforms students into strong women through an exemplary education and an atmosphere built on growth." Caitlin Cronin '16


"During my time at Laurel, I developed the mental aspect of my tennis game -- staying focused and staying in every match. The support that I've gotten from my team and my coaches has really helped me to do that." Danielle Buchinsky '15


"Laurel encourages its girls to try things they think they can do, things they don't think they can do, and even things they never thought about doing." Jazlynn Baker '16


"Laurel is a place where almost every girl can find a home. The community here is extremely accepting and diverse, and every student has her own ideas and opinions that are valued by everyone."Rebecca Brichacek '16


"Confident, independent, open-minded, fearless. That's what comes to mind when I think of what Laurel has given to my daughters." Laurel Parent

 

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