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Matt Micciche, Head of School, Friends School of Baltimore

Matt Micciche, head of Friends School of Baltimore since 2005, has spent his professional career serving in Quaker schools. A graduate of Amherst College, Micciche has masters’ degrees from Tufts University and Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English. Prior to joining Friends School of Baltimore he was an assistant head of school for academics and taught high school English and humanities at Wilmington Friends, another co-ed pre-K–12 Quaker school. Helping Friends School of Baltimore to define and articulate educational outcomes has been a priority of Micciche’s throughout his term.
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What these times demand of our schools

Posted by Matt Micciche, Head of School, Friends School of Baltimore on Jul 11, 2017 9:55:08 AM

These are interesting times for schools. Increasingly, and appropriately, parents are looking to us as educators to provide their children with the skills they need in order to navigate the noisy, fractious, and divisive culture we inhabit.  As with all skills, these can only be developed through disciplined and intentional practice in communities of learning, which makes finding the right school more important than it has ever been. And schools, in turn, must decide how we will respond to the challenges of our era: We can seek to shelter students from the contentions and controversies that have roiled our society, or we can harness the energy unleashed in these momentous times to deepen our children’s learning and prepare them to be the leaders we will need going forward.  Friends schools have, for more than 300 years in America, reliably chosen the latter course, helping to guide students and families through a revolution and a civil war, through astonishing accelerations of scientific and technological innovation, and through a host of other triumphs and tragedies, all with a clear-eyed willingness to frankly acknowledge and engage our struggles and a relentless determination to make the world a better place.

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