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January 6, 2022

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  • A Firm Foundation for Academic Success

    By Linda Pryor, Executive Director, The Center for Mission & Academics

    All parents want the very best for their children. All parents want to give their children the strongest foundation possible in academics. But what does this foundation really include? What are the important building blocks that young children need to be well prepared for the many challenges ahead in high school and beyond?
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December 16, 2021

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  • Setting SMART Goals

    By Linda Pryor, Executive Director, The Center for Mission & Academics

    The door into 2022 is just around the corner…and often the new year offers us a time to be more optimistic and hopeful about what lies ahead. We all have dreams about what we would like to accomplish in the year unfolding before us. This is a part of the human condition and dreaming is a good thing. Dreams are a start, then we need to turn them into reality by setting concrete goals. Goal setting provides focus. It pushes us to think more clearly about the best direction and the tools we’ll need for success. With this understanding, we can more easily and steadily begin to make progress.
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December 2, 2021

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  • The Blessings of Liberty

    By Linda Pryor, Executive Director, The Center for Mission & Academics

    Brookfield Academy had the great pleasure last week of hosting Roger Ream, the President of The Fund for American Studies in Washington, D.C. and Trustee for the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). He spoke with us about The Blessings of Liberty.  He shared remarks from leaders all over the world that recognized what wonderful blessings we Americans have. It seems that these world leaders appreciated our good fortune so much more than we do.
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OCTOBER 28, 2021

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  • Reaping the Benefits of Reading Aloud

    By Linda Pryor, Executive Director, The Center for Mission & Academics

    Do you love to read? Or, maybe, do you wish that you were a more voracious reader? Either way, if you are a parent, you want your child to enjoy reading and develop a good habit of regular reading. But how?
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October 7, 2021

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  • Time for Cursive?

    By Linda Pryor, Executive Director, The Center for Mission & Academics

    For many years now, screens have replaced loose leaf and notebooks, while keyboards have stepped in for pencils and pens. This progress has given us many advantages with the use of technology in schools, but it has also pushed some subjects aside…cursive writing being hit the hardest. The fact is there is only so much time in a student’s day -- how do we determine what is most important, what can be retired, and what skills or content need to be preserved?
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SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

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  • With Trust, Primacy of the Parent, and a Robust Academic Program, Students Succeed

    By Linda Pryor, Executive Director, The Center for Mission & Academics

    The parent as the primary educator is one of the most important principles on which Brookfield Academy is firmly built and no doubt, always will be. Our mission is to partner with parents to support the goal of academic excellence.  That is our strength - the academic program is well rounded and exciting, our instructional approaches are time-tested and classical,  and our intentionality is consistent and reliable.  We focus on our students as individuals with unique strengths and challenges.  We do not desire to homogenize them but rather to help them shine -each in their own way. Human flourishing is our aim for each and every child as we strive to inspire them with our  Five Stars:  Intellect, Individuality, Character, Heritage, and Truth.  This is not only our strength, but our commitment to BA parents.
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SEPTEMBER 10, 2021

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  • Rely on Mission to Make Good Decisions

    By Linda Pryor, Executive Director, The Center for Mission & Academics

    Education has the reputation of being a trend chaser - always looking for that magic bullet, that next big thing that will change how we help young people learn. The result is a good deal of change in curricula, pedagogical instructional strategies,  terminology, and textbooks. And yes, some of these trends or new approaches have been positive and helpful. But, in my opinion, others have taken K12 education down the wrong path. For example, grammar instruction is currently on the outs. Inventive spelling has not proven itself. And sadly, memorization has been given a bad name - drill and kill - to name just a few.
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APRIL 2021

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  • A Year of Change: When Expecting Less is Not Always Best

    By Linda Pryor, Executive Director, The Center for Mission & Academics

    As we move swiftly to the end of the school year, making plans to celebrate our Class of 2021 graduates, we cannot help but think about our “Portrait of a Brookfield Academy Graduate.” The Portrait is a description of the characteristics that have been taught, cultivated, and celebrated for each of our students during their BA journey. This document, written by the faculty, inspires us as we begin our school year, and fills us with pride as our graduates cross the stage and receive their diplomas each May. Given this year of COVID-19 and the many changes we have endured, tweaks to our course of action at BA might be considered acceptable -- including shifted goals and reduced expectations. Some might suggest that it’s okay to look for less. 
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March 2021

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  • Teaching Students to Choose the Good

    By Linda Pryor, Executive Director of Mission & Academics

    Brookfield Academy offers students a classical education with an emphasis on character development.  How do these two aspects of our program work together? 
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February 2021

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  • Critical Thinking: A Vital Tool for Students

    By Linda Pryor, Executive Director of Mission & Academics

    In his book, The Global Achievement Gap, Dr. Tony Wagner outlines seven skills that he has identified from his research gathered while talking to many CEOs and successful business owners regarding the skills that our students will need when they graduate and want to enter the workplace. He proposes that these skills will be needed to succeed in the 21st-century global economy but will also be important for students to become engaged and contributing members of our democracy. 
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JANUARY 2021

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  • Character in the Classroom


    Lessons of good character are embedded into every aspect of Brookfield Academy, but exactly how does one “teach” good character? 
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DECEMBER 2020

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  • A Commonly Overlooked, Wondrous Family Gift

    By Linda Pryor, Executive Director of Mission & Academics

    If you want a child to know the truth, tell him the truth. If you want a child to love the truth, tell him a story.       
    ~ Andrew Peterson, author
    The gift of the 2020 pandemic is the slowed pace which offers us more quiet time with our families, our children. So what activities are we doing with this unexpected gift of togetherness?
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NOVEMBER 2020

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  • Perspectives: The Value of a BA Education

    By Dr. Larry Pesch, Executive Director of Advancement

    When discussing a school’s success, we often hear theorists talk about the importance of a strong school culture. Establishing values and beliefs that have the potential to create positive behaviors and actions are the foundation of a strong school culture.
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OCTOBER 2020

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  • The US Constitution: A Look Back and A Look Ahead

    By Jonathan Koenig, Appellate Division Chief in the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Wisconsin and a BA Parent.
    (The following is a condensed version of Brookfield Academy’s American Character Series Presentation on September 17, 2020.)

    I am privileged to work for the United States Department of Justice, the views I express today are my own.  
    The story of our Constitution is—I hope—familiar.  Delegates met in 1787 in Philadelphia with the mission of revising the Articles of Confederation, which had loosely bound the states together since the end of the American Revolution a few years earlier. 
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September 2020

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  • Embracing Challenge at Brookfield Academy

    By Linda Pryor, Executive Director of Mission & Academics

    Each year at Brookfield Academy we spend time thinking about an appropriate theme for the new school year ahead. I always enjoy the process as we try to determine what message we need to move our Brookfield Academy family forward in the most constructive manner while remaining focused on our Mission. This year the decision was made quickly -- we chose Embrace Challenge as the 2020-21 school year theme. It was an easy choice -- and an obvious choice. We knew opening our campus this fall would have its challenges. We asked ourselves how we wanted to proceed; and by moving forward with a positive attitude and big hearts for our students and their families, we were already committing to our new school theme.
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June 2020

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  • How Guiding Truths Influence Us

    By Linda Pryor, Executive Director of Mission & Academics

    What truths do we face in the middle of a pandemic? During the last two months of the school year, the first truth that came to mind -- it was quiet. The children, our greatest joy, were missing. There were no messes in the halls or locker banks, telltale signs that our favorite people were not present. The hum of conversation and laughter in our buildings was no longer there. What a difference - you could feel it the moment you stepped into one of our buildings - it was just too quiet. We suddenly had a new normal. Our schedules were very different. The workload
    was strangely more and less at the same time. Everything had changed and yet, nothing really had changed. These were and continue to be the truths of life at Brookfield Academy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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