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grant reasonably smallGrant Lichtman is an educator, author, researcher, and consultant who spent 89 days traveling around the United States to study innovation, excellence and relevance at schools.

Through his visits to over 60 of the national leading independent schools, he was looking to answer the question:


What does the future of K-12 education look like?

Here is what Lichtman wrote about the customized approach to learning at PDS:

Template For an Education Revolution; First Post From Presbyterian Day School, Memphis

We talk about revolutionary changes and evolutionary changes and sometimes those terms take on the meaning of time: rapid vs tepid. This is not the case in terms of PDS. The changes taking place in the learning environment here are not radically fast; they have been building over a period of years. But what I saw yesterday, while not completely unique, appears to me to be a supremely welcome example of a revolution in American education.
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After a second day of touring PDS, Lichtman continued with observations on the Building Boys, Making Men character education program, and more:

Leading Classroom Change Permeates Presbyterian Day School

My second full day at Presbyterian Day School in Memphis was just as eventful as the first; this mid-sized elementary school continued to surprised me with an array of truly leading edge programs in character education, global awareness, health and fitness, tailored learning in reading, curriculum development, an exceptional virtual social studies program, and more.
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PDS is a school that seems to have achieved steady state of comfort with constant change that marks successful innovation. Grant Lichtman

On his third day, Lichtman visited the Early Childhood program, along with a return visit to the Learning Studio:

Fluidity Breeds Engaged, Highly Differentiated Learning at Presbyterian Day School

I spent most of my third day at Presbyterian Day School in the early childhood wing, with a reading group that could be a model for any grade level and the technology group. I also revisited the Learning Studio, the heart of what appears to be a revolutionary method of differentiated learning.
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Over 125 alumni, parents, and friends of PDS attended The Mentor Breakfast on Friday, November 16. This annual breakfast, hosted by the PDS Alumni Association, provided guests the opportunity to enjoy breakfast and fellowship and to hear an inspirational message from Geoff Calkins, sports columnist of The Commercial Appeal and PDS 6th grade writing class guest-teacher.

In the Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, Mentor is a friend to Odysseus and trusted advisor to his son, Telemachus. Mentor shares his wisdom with Telemachus, using his own life experience to advise Telemachus on his quests. Thus, the word “mentor” has entered the English language.

At PDS we believe that seeking counsel from mentors is at the root of developing boys in wisdom and stature, helping them become the hero of their own quests.

Calkins stated that everyone has had some type of mentor in his or her life and that most people, when asked, are able to immediately name at least one such mentor. Calkins used examples from his sports experiences as well as mentor references from his PDS 6th grade writing class.

Trophy Case dedicated in honor of Dennis Smith

At the conclusion of the message from Calkins, in the spirit of this mentor breakfast, PDS Alumni Michael Faber ’90 and Richard Moore ’91 made a special presentation to recognize and honor their mentor who “has inspired us for the last 20 years”—Dennis Smith, current Director of Operations and Athletics.

Mr. Faber said “Dennis Smith has been my coach, teacher, mentor, and friend since I was 10 years old. He has spent countless hours training my mind, body, and spirit, and I owe him a great deal for helping shape me into the man I am today. Other than my parents, Dennis has been the single most influential person in my young life.”

Mr. Moore reiterated Faber’s comments and thanked Dennis Smith for being their mentor and a mentor to so many and for his unselfish service to PDS and to others in the Memphis community. Faber and Moore have dedicated the trophy case in front of the gym in Smith’s honor as part of PDS’ Building Boys Making Men Capital Campaign.


Congratulations to Battle Boyd, Class of 2011 for being honored as a 2012 Keeper of the Dream Award Winner.  This award recognizes youth who have demonstrated "extraordinary courage, compassion, leadership or service toward others".  

While at PDS, Battle was involved in several successful community projects including a local shoe drive where Battle solicited over 300 pairs of shoes for Soles4Souls to distribute to the people of Haiti after the country was devastated by an earthquake. He continues to read and mentor to underprivileged children.  Battle has also developed a sports uniform drive that will benefit community youth centers and teams in uderprivileged areas of the Mid-South.  Keeper of the Dream Awards were given at the 2012 Freedom Award Public Forum.


13 PDS alumni from the Class of 2007 have earned the distinction of National Merit Semifinalist or Commended Scholar.  Congratulations to the following for being named National Merit Semifinalist:  Philip Aiken, Forrest Field, William Hoehn, Farhan Kathawala, Bennett Mercer, David Montgomery, Andrew Renshaw and Mac Trammell.  Congratulations to the following for being named as a Commended Scholar:  Will Kaelin, Andrew Miller, Bobby Scott, Edward Simpson, and Nathan Vogt. Way to go!


On theCalendar

22
Oct
Tuesday
Hussey Commons at Presbyterian Day School
9:30 am - 10:15 am

Presbyterian Day School’s Toddler Time events are geared towards boys and girls ages 2 to 4. These free educational opportunities are offered a number of times throughout the year, These events and fill up fast so register your kids today.

Free! RSVP

 

23
Oct
Wednesday
B100 (Church)
8:15 am
Meets on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. Join other moms in praying for our boys, families, faculty, and school.

24
Oct
Thursday
Sanctuary
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Parents welcome

25
Oct
Friday

25
Oct
Friday

25
Oct
Friday

25
Oct
Friday
The home of Lindsey and Rob Tayloe
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

31
Oct
Thursday
PDS boys share their musical talents. Singers, musicians, even full bands! More Info

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