All-School Calendar
  • April 2017
    • MonApr24 Dare Week
    • TueApr25 Senior Parent Breakfast 8:00 AM
    • TueApr25 Grades 5-7 Parent-Student Conferences 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz, a graduate of Yale, was recently interviewed by her friend and former classmate Ellen Gibson McGinnis for a Q&A in the March issue of YaleWomenIn the piece she talks about the role Yale played in her career (and how she first aspired to be an actress), the profound influence her early years of teaching in the housing project had on her, and her passion for educating girls, including teaching beyond academics and Laurel's Center for Research on Girls. When asked what her next challenge is, Ms. Klotz replied that she "wants to work on how best to teach our girls empathy. It gets back to diversity, and having a mix of voices in the room or 'at the table.' And it is so important for our society now." Click here to read the full interview.  

Outdoor Pre-Primary Teacher and Outdoor Education Specialist Audrey Elszasz and Abbie Bole, who teaches Kindergarten through Grade 4 science, are both included in a Cleveland Magazine article titled "The Benefits of Nature-based Learning", which looks at area early-childhood programs that use nature to help teach. Ms. Bole was quoted in the piece stating "The best way for children to learn is when they can see it, touch it, taste it, hear it, smell it. That's what makes an impression on their young minds." In the piece Mrs. Elszasz states, "We're answering questions with questions: 'What do you think?' Children interact with each other as they try to figure out the answers on their own." 

In addition to this feature story, Kathryn Marshall, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at Laurel, is featured as the expert in this month's "Ask the Experts" section, which also focuses on how students benefit from receiving an outdoor education. Click here for the story.

In a March Motherwell Magazine piece Lisa Damour, Ph.D., Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, participated in a Q&A on the topic of dress codes and girls, and the complexities of the cultural reaction to what girls wear. In the article Dr. Damour touches on the supposed benefits of a dress code versus the potential damage it might do to a girl's sense of control. She is quoted saying, "Many of the girls at Laurel School, where I work, use the word "love" to describe their attitude toward the school uniform. That said, many of the girls at Laurel had a hand in the choice to attend Laurel, so they knew what they were signing up for when they came. For students at schools that they did not choose, or schools that have no uniform but enforce a dress code, the situation is likely different, especially if the dress code is enforced in a mean-spirited way. But I would not assume that girls who follow a dress code necessarily feel that they are not in control of their bodies."

Click here to read the full interview. 

On the heels of their Scholastic Art Awards received earlier this year, Caroline Kahn '17 and Katie Dinner '17 each won the Herbert Ascherman Award for Photography, a regional award that is presented to two students each year. Caroline Kahn also received a Gold Key award for her photography and Katie Dinner received both a Silver Key and an honorable mention for her photography.

The Scholastic Arts & Writing Competition is an annual competition open to local students in Grades 7-12. The panel of judges is comprised of professional artists, art educators, writing and writing educators. More than 3,000 entries for both art and writing were submitted this year.

Congratulations to these students for this amazing honor.

On March 7, 2017 six Laurel students in Grades 9, 10 and 11 participated in the Northeastern Ohio Science & Engineering Fair (NEOSEF). Maryum Ali '18, Linnea Tyler '19, Katie Chen '20, and Katelyn Shakir '20 all earned 2nd place at the fair. Olivia Wenzel '20 received 3rd place. 

Grade 10 student Priya Khadilkhar earned an impressive 1st place in the regular judging and also walked away with four special awards: American Statistical Association, American Psychological Association, Cleveland Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology and Cleveland State University Department of Psychology.

Many of the students are in Laurel's STEM Research class and while there was no specific topic focus at the event, each of the students chose their own category and had about two months to put their presentations together. Congratulations to all the girls on these incredible achievements!

  

 

Crain's Cleveland Business publisher and editor Elizabeth McIntyre recently attended a panel discussion hosted by Laurel's Entrepreneurship Capstone Students on the documentary film, "Dream, Girl" - a celebration of female entrepreneurs. She highlights that "the young women at Laurel know the power of female leadership because it's front and center in the school's mission to inspire girls to fulfill their promise and better the world. To be living, breathing 'Fearless Girls.'" She goes on to state that Laurel's mission is "what prompted the school to launch its Capstone Experience program last year, which gives students the chance to explore real-world issues while further developing their leadership skills in one of four areas: civic engagement, entrepreneurship, global studies and STEAM (a twist on STEM, "science, technology, engineering and mathematics", that adds "arts" to the mix.)"

Panelists at the event included Heather Ettinger '79, managing partner at Fairport Asset Management; Stephanie Silverman, publisher and owner of Your Teen Media; Nichelle McCall '01, CEO of Bold Startups; and Laura Bennett, COO and co-founder of Embrace Pet Insurance, each of whom shared their experiences in creating and running their own businesses. 

The editor goes on to highlight many of the inspiring messages shared during the panel discussion. "Persistence is one of the most valuable things," and "shatter stereotypes whenever you can," were just a few.

Click here to read the full story in Crain's Cleveland Business

Kathryn Purcell, Associate Head of School and Director of Enrollment Management at Laurel was recently featured in a Cleveland Jewish News story highlighting the importance of school culture and how it plays a crucial role in school selection.

Many factors can determine which school a child attends. Class size, programs, location and extracurricular activities can impact a parent's willingness to send a child to a particular school. But, parents should also consider a more abstract notion that exists within a school. School culture focuses on how staff members interact and uphold a shared set of values and beliefs and the school’s effect on students – like teaching practices, diversity and relationships within the school. When it comes to school choice, local educators say school culture should impact their choices as well. 

Kathryn is quoted saying, “(A school’s culture) allows a child to feel visible. You don’t want anyone to fall through the cracks,” Purcell said. “The sense of community kind of dictates how valuable a child feels at a school.”

She goes on to say that even though culture is an intangible factor when choosing a school, it’s just as crucial as anything else. A school’s culture encompasses not only the how the school feels, but also how it interacts with itself. These interactions should be a big part of deciding which school is the right fit.

Click here to read the full story.

Congratulations to the Laurel girls from Grades 5 and 6 who competed in the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCCTM) math competition on February 18, 2017! Laurel sent three teams of four this year--two from Grade 5 and one from Grade 6--and all received Blue Champion ribbons. The competition included 18 Fifth Grade teams and seven Sixth Grade teams. Similarly, teams from Laurel's Seventh and Eighth Grades competed on March 5 where they received the Champion Award and Medal Award respectively. 

The competition was comprised of four events, each roughly 15 minutes in length. Teams were tasked with working together to problem solve and work through mental math, construction and mixed application problems. Laurel students have been preparing since December to compete and their performance did not disappoint! 

Congratulations to all of the girls on their hard earned achievements!

 

Laurel School's eleventh annual Gator Bash took place on Saturday, February 11 at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown. The theme of the evening was "For the Love of Laurel" and it was clear the more than 500 attendees hold the school close to their hearts. The evening raised a total of $215,000 with $107,000 of that raised during the Call to the Heart paddle raise to support Laurel's new Innovation Fund. This fund will align with the School's new five-year Strategic Roadmap and provide some of the necessary resources to fund innovative education happening throughout Laurel. Highlights from this spectacular evening were included in the Cleveland Jewish NewsCurrents MagazineCleveland Magazine and Cleveland.com

Featured in the photo above is Dan Angelino and Beth Embrescia, Chair of the Laurel Board of Trustees.

Summer at Laurel was recently highlighted in a roundup piece in Cleveland Magazine titled "Summer Camp Guide: Get Out and About." The story included feedback from Summer at Laurel Director Dr. Karen Edwards, who discusses a partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA), which opens doors for students to explore drawing, painting, sculpting and printing. CMA and Summer at Laurel will also offer a printmaking camp, where students in Grades 8-12 spend a half-day working with teachers at the museum and the other half at Laurel's Lyman Campus. Dr. Edwards is quoted in the story saying, "The key is to find something that meets your child's interests or passions, and also challenges them."

Click here for the full story. 

  • April 2017
    • MonApr24 Dare Week
    • TueApr25 Senior Parent Breakfast 8:00 AM
    • TueApr25 Grades 5-7 Parent-Student Conferences 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM
    • ThuApr27 US Spring Concert 7:00 PMLyman
    • FriApr28 All-School Assembly (Formal Uniform) Lyman, Tippit Gymnasium
    • FriApr28 Speech and Debate Year-End Celebration 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • May 2017
    • MonMay01 AP Exams
    • MonMay01 Dream Week
    • MonMay01 Senior Exam Week
    • TueMay02 AP Exams
    • TueMay02 Senior Exam Week
    • TueMay02 Primary Parents "Looking Ahead" 6:30 PM
    • WedMay03 AP Exams

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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October 2017
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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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