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Contents: 4 Standing UP for Mothers everywhere: Christy Turlington Burns and “Every Mother Counts” Interview by Lynn Adams Smith
8 The French American School of Princeton: French Education with an American Twist By Taylor Smith Photography by Marie Lavigne-Goulet
10 Q&A with Princeton Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Cochrane
14 The iPad as Teacher and Educational Compass By Taylor Smith
18 K ids Health: Common Winter Woes By Elizabeth Hartman
19 Shopping! Never Neverland By Taylor Smith
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At 29, she has achieved more than most do in a lifetime. After graduating from Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Caroline McCarthy received degrees in History of Science and Creative Writing from Princeton in 2006. Since then, she has built a reputation as a rising star, earning her the #1 spot on Forbes’ Tech’s Twenty Most Media Connected Writers in 2010, and landing her on the 30 Under 30 in Media list in 2012.
A journalist since age 21 Caroline began her career blogging about digital advertising, social media, entrepreneurship, and innovation which led to a position as a columnist for CNET.com in 2007. She has appeared on national TV and radio as a commentator on digital media, including NBC’s Today, CBS’ The Early Show, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, as well as CNBC, Fox Business, BBC America and G4.
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Christy Turlington Burns filming No Woman, No Cry.
ashion model Christy Turlington Burns has represented some of the biggest names in fashion including Calvin Klein and Versace. Most recently, she has devoted much of her time, energy, and passion toward the organization she founded, Every Mother Counts, a campaign to end preventable deaths around the world caused by pregnancy and childbirth. When did you first become interested in maternal health? When I became a mom in 2003, I had experienced a complication after delivering my daughter which helped direct my focus in this direction and was the impetus for directing my first documentary No Woman, No Cry. Before that I had no idea that hundreds of thousands of girls and women die every year from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth simply because they don’t have access to basic or emergency maternity care. Almost all of these deaths are preventable. When I learned this I asked myself what could I do, and it turns out, quite a lot.
Tell us about your experience Christy Turlington Burns at the screening of No Woman, No Cry. Photo by Josh Etsey. making the film No Woman, No Cry, including where you traveled and how you connected with the women in the film. While pregnant with my second child in 2005, I did a lot of traveling in Central America where I came across many individuals who were successfully helping women rise above the tragic maternal mortality statistics. I wanted to share these stories with the world, the considerable challenges and real solutions. It was the hope in these stories that inspired No Woman, No Cry which features stories of real women from my travels to Tanzania, Bangladesh, Guatemala and the U.S. between 2008 and 2010. I have gone back to each of the countries where we There are many are things I am proud of. One filmed and most of the participants have viewed the in particular is the way we’re beginning to see film. Once you are a part of someone’s story they are a groundswell of interest and concern about the with you forever. welfare of women and mothers in the world. When I had my childbirth complication ten years ago, What efforts related to Every Mother Counts there was very little attention being paid to the (EMC) are you the most proud of? problem of maternal mortality and poor maternal Every Mother Counts is a campaign to end health conditions. Now, we’re seeing and hearing preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and more about it. I’m also really proud of the grants childbirth around the world. We inform, engage, and our organization has been able to fund. Because mobilize new audiences to take action to improve the of the generosity of our supporters, we’ve been health and well-being of girls and women worldwide. able to fund projects that are making a significant
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Robin Lim (FAR left) leads Bumi Sehat, an organization promoting community midwifery and compassionate birthing in Bali and Aceh, Indonesia, along with Christy Turlington Burns in Bali.
and direct impact on maternal health in some of the most in-need countries in the world like Haiti, Uganda, Malawi, Indonesia and the United States. I’m also very proud that people are beginning to look closely at women’s health and maternal health conditions right here at home and understanding that we need to do more and do things differently to take care of our own mothers. What is your long term goal for EMC? To continue to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, and that eventually there will be no more preventable deaths. Mothers and their children will thrive and girls will see their future lives as mothers as hopeful, safe and supported. When you speak with young American women about issues related to maternal healthcare in other countries, what are they most surprised to learn? Well, they likely aren’t aware that women continue to die in childbirth in the 21st Century. We have known how to address most of the complications commonly related to these senseless deaths and yet, millions of women don’t have access to the people and supplies that could save their lives. Fifteen percent of pregnancies will result in a complication, as mine did. We can’t always identify who may have one, which is why it is so important that every pregnant women have access to prenatal care and quality delivery care wherever that may be. EMC is focused on addressing access gaps so transportation and education are two of the focal areas of our grants so far.
Did you start marathoning because of EMC and how can runners join the team? I started running as a kid. My dad would put me and my sisters in meets at a local college. I was fast and had long legs. I wish I had stuck with it but I moved on to other team sports. Later as a teenager I would run three to five miles a week periodically but I never enjoyed it as much when it felt more like exercise than for fun. It wasn’t until the summer of 2011, that I was given the opportunity to run the ING NYC Marathon with EMC that I started to run again for more than just fitness and that’s when I started to enjoy it again. Running long distance provides a new way to elevate awareness for maternal health. Distance is one of the biggest barriers pregnant women around the world face when trying to access critical maternity care; 5k is the minimum distance millions of women have to walk to access basic care and 35k is an average distance many would have to travel to access emergency obstetric care. Anyone can run in support of EMC by joining our team or starting their own fundraising team. All of the details can be found on our website here: http:// everymothercounts.org/take-action/join-every-mothercounts-team. Do you still practice yoga or meditation and do these techniques help to manage being a working mom, wife, and advocate for global maternal health? I still practice yoga and can’t even imagine my life before it. It has given me so much more than I could ever have imagined. Not only is it an excellent form of exercise, it has given me perspective in so
many other aspects of my life. I feel a great sense of connection and community with others because of this practice. How can people help support the EMC mission? There are many ways that people can get involved to support EMC’s work, which we detail on our website everymothercounts.org. We’ve had men and women do everything from donating to the organization, running in support of EMC through apps such as Crowdrise, purchasing a product in which proceeds go to benefit maternal health projects on the ground. Any action that helps raise awareness and educate people about maternal health is something will support EMC’s mission. Is there anything else about EMC or any of your advocacy work thus far that you want to share with us? Even though we’re still a small organization, we’re amazed and humbled by the immense response we’ve received from women and men all over the world. This issue really resonates with people from all walks of life. Once people hear the statistics and realize that women are still dying giving birth in the 21st century, from almost entirely preventable conditions, that strikes a chord. So often people will then say, “I knew a woman…” and they relate the work we’re doing to a personal experience they’re connected to. We’re banking on those personal connections to help all of us prevent maternal deaths.
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(left) Christy Turlington Burns prepares for the Hamptons Marathon. (right) Christy with children in Bali.
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French Education with an American Twist: The French American School of Princeton By Taylor Smith | Photography by Marie Lavigne-Goulet
ne of the special things about living in Princeton is the access to foreign language education. The research is clear in finding that the earlier that a child is exposed to a second language, the better. One of the premier places in Princeton to educate children in another language is the French American School of Princeton. Here, children begin at the preschool level to hear and use French all day long. While the education is bilingual, it is also rigorous and challenging in terms of academic requirements. Beginning in Fall 2014, students at the middle school level will have the option of following a dual German-English language academic track. For now, French is the language of choice. The parents of the French American School students are as diverse as the children and faculty. Students from Ukraine, Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany, and the United States populate the hallways. The Institute for Advanced Study employs many of these parents along with Princeton University, Rutgers University, and the many pharmaceutical companies located in the area. Some anticipate sabbaticals and want to prepare their children for European-style schooling. Others plan on returning to Europe at some point in the near future and want their child’s transition to be as smooth as possible. Another common occurrence is an American mother and a French father who want their child to maintain a connection to each half of the family and heritage. The French American School embraces them all. The belief is that every child is able to learn a second language. Are you considering enrolling your child in early foreign language education? It is important to note that there is no language requirement at the French American School until grade one. Prior to grade one, all children are building their French language skills, learning not only basic tools like counting and singing in French, but also how to express themselves to the teacher and to each other. The French teachers at the French American School are all native French speakers with extensive teaching experience. Beginning in Fall 2014, a whole new crop of native German speakers will join the school’s faculty. Children progress rapidly at the preschool level, learning to function and communicate in a French-only environment, even if their at-home life is conducted in a different language. By kindergarten, the breakdown is 90 percent
French and 10 percent English. “By November, parents tell us that their children are singing to themselves in French in the bathtub,” commented Marie Lavigne, the school’s Director of Admissions. At a recent lower school forum, first graders presented a lesson on Native American culture, speaking about these places and peoples in a format that moved masterfully between English and French. Several children stood before the crowd of parents and teachers to solve mathematics equations in French, while another group spoke about the purpose of dreamcatchers. The entire presentation was an excellent exercise in public speaking and building language self-confidence. The most remarkable thing was that the children appeared to have no accent. Their French was as fluid as any French-born speaker of age 7. Similarly, their English verse did not portray the telltale signs of a second language with misplaced emphases and troubled grammar. What these children are receiving is a first-hand schooling in French and English language, grammar, culture, and fluency. After the forum, the children grinned from ear to ear, pleased with the response that they received from their enthusiastic audience. Parents cooed and clapped while teachers momentarily put down their cameras and video recorders to offer congratulations. While the children filed back to their classroom, the first grade parents gathered around a table to drink coffee, tea, juice, and to nibble on breakfast pastries. The atmosphere was refreshingly eclectic.
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By the time that children reach grades one through three, the curriculum is 70 percent French and 30 percent English. The teachers are eager to expose their students to the rigors of the traditional French education, but with an American angle; that is, sticking to a daily routine that emphasizes academics above all else, while recognizing individual strengths. When asked about athletics, the Director of Admissions indicated that it is a work in progress. Thus, while kickball instruction may be lacking, the children are able to take music lessons with teachers at Westminster Choir College. Many students also cited their opportunity to collaborate with the neighboring American Boychoir School. With an average class size of 14, it’s no wonder that the middle school students have a record of exceptional placement in international and local high schools. Some students who choose to stay local may matriculate to Stuart Country Day School or The Hun School, while others find themselves at places like New York’s Lycée Francais, Marymount International School in Paris or the Zurich International School in Switzerland. Students enrolled in grades four through eight receive an equal portion of their classes in both French and English language. In other words, the students must be able to transition from discussing Homer’s The Odyssey in French, to memorizing the periodic table of elements in an English-language chemistry class. The French American School of Princeton boasts several important accreditations from the French Ministry of Education, Association of the French Schools in North America (AFSA), http://www.mlfmonde.org/ Mission Laïque Française, and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), among others. The French American School of Princeton is located at 75 Mapleton Road in Princeton and can be contacted by visiting their website at www. ecoleprinceton.org.
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Q&A with Stephen Cochrane
Princeton Public Schools Superintendent Interview by Lynn Adams Smith Photography by Assenka Oksiloff
tephen Cochrane, the newly appointed Princeton Public School Superintendent, formerly worked as an Assistant Superintendent, Principal, and elementary school teacher. Before joining the public schools, he was an Admissions Officer and Assistant Dean of Students at Princeton University. He graduated from Princeton University and earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University. Cochrane and his wife live in Princeton. When did you discover your passion for teaching? In 1990, I left a deanship at Princeton University to begin teaching a multiage class of fourth and fifth graders in the South Brunswick Public Schools. It was an amazingly naïve decision and the one to this day of which I am most proud. I made the decision because I believed that I could have the greatest impact on children by working with them at the beginning of their education instead of at the end, and by working with them in a public setting rather than in a private institution. My friends thought I was crazy. But I knew I was stepping into the most important job on the planet. I reflect often on my first year in the classroom. It was hard. There were times I was sure I was going to fail. I was often undone by the littlest things, such as when to have my students sharpen their pencils or how to line them up for lunch. I planned day to day, struggling to get a sense of the overall objectives for the year. But in the midst of my struggles, I connected with kids. We learned and grew together. Every day we laughed, and every day I got a little better at my craft.
I was saved, to be sure, by my colleagues. They planned lessons with me, shared with me their classroom procedures, helped with my bulletin boards, and cheered me on at the end of the day. I was saved as well by my principal, who became my mentor and my friend, and who didn’t think twice about instructing an English major from Princeton on how to teach reading. The other day at the dry cleaner, I ran into one of my students from my very first class. A woman now in her early thirties, she told me how she looked forward every day to gathering on the carpet for read-aloud time in my classroom. “I still remember the voices you used when you read The BFG by Roald Dahl,” she said. She then went on to say she was reading the same book to her own daughter - and I knew I had made a difference. I believe in the power of teachers, and I believe I am always rediscovering the passion of our profession. What makes the Princeton School District special? In a word, people. They are extraordinary. In the short time I’ve been here, I have seen talented students at all grade levels. I’ve met with visionary administrators, creative teachers, and caring staff. I’ve been welcomed by smart and passionate parents. And I’ve been dazzled by the remarkable range of community partners all deeply committed to the welfare of our children. And with extraordinary people come extraordinary programs. Few districts are considering a dual language kindergarten or can claim the quality of services we provide for our children with autism and other special needs. Few districts have science specialists in the elementary schools or hands-on educational programs connected to gardens or community-supported safeguards to ensure that no child goes hungry on the weekend. Few districts have robotics courses or cook-offs at the middle school or provide pathways for all students to complete Algebra by eighth grade. And few high schools can match the music programs here with choirs and jazz bands and orchestras touring internationally. Few high schools have Mandarin classes visiting China or students taking courses at one of the leading universities in the world. The Princeton Public Schools are marked by diversity: economic, cultural, intellectual and artistic. They are marked by a commitment to wellness for our students and for our planet. And they are marked by a desire to prepare every one of our students to do exceptionally well not just in school but in life.
parents, principals, supervisors. I’ve come to pay special attention to any statement that begins with the words: Have you thought of…? Do you think we could try…? What if…? Superintendents, especially new ones, rarely have all the answers. Listening provides information and insight. It helps one consider divergent perspectives as well as discover common themes and goals. Listening, truly listening, shows that you care. It helps you get to know people and to build the trust that is the foundation of all future work. Third, I believe in learning. Learning is a school district’s most essential enterprise. I believe, therefore, that the superintendent should be the “head learner” in the district modeling the reading, the research, the curiosity, the collaboration, and the struggle we expect from our students. I believe moreover that all of us – from students to superintendents – often learn the most from our mistakes, our reflections, and our opportunities to try again. I am fond of the phrase, “Success is just failure with the dirt brushed off.” Sometimes you need to fail at something in order to figure out how to succeed. If students feel the pressure to be perfect – as often our very brightest do – they may not fully stretch themselves; they may not grow; they may not achieve their very highest potential. It is critically important, therefore, to create a learning environment in which intellectual and artistic risktaking is encouraged and where students are then guided to reflect on, revise, and redo their work. And what is good for the students is also good for the teachers who work with them. All of us need to feel the freedom to take some risks and to try new ideas. Finally, I believe in laughter. Schools should be places of joy. As school professionals, we have the privilege to work every day with kids. Not every day goes as planned. Not every kid is perfect. But every day brings us something to smile about. Talk about the “Power of Collaboration.” Schools are fundamentally about relationships. We solve more problems, we generate more innovative ideas when we bring together multiple perspectives, multiple talents, multiple resources. And so I believe in the power of collaboration among students, among teachers, among principals, and parents. I believe in the power of collaboration among supervisors, secretaries, and support staff. I believe in
What will be your most consistent themes as Superintendent? First, I believe that our kids can and will change the world. Every decision we make as a school district should, therefore, be based on the question: “Is this in the best interest of our children?” Second, I believe that leading in a school district is primarily about listening. I’ve found throughout my career that the best, most effective programs I’ve ever helped to put into place have come about by listening to someone else: my secretary, my students, my teachers,
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the power of collaboration across classrooms, across schools, and across districts. Moreover, I believe in the power of collaboration among school districts and community partners. That being said, finding time for collaboration is not always easy. Schools, by the very nature of their schedules, can sometimes isolate teachers in their classrooms. And yet we know the creativity that is sparked when teachers share ideas with colleagues across the hall, across the district, and even across the country. In the countries outperforming the United States on international tests, teachers may spend up to 10 times more time with their colleagues analyzing data, planning lessons, and observing instruction. We need to have a culture in the U.S. that recognizes and respects the value of that time. Princeton has some great structures in place to promote collegial conversation, and we need to protect and even expand those. We also need to continue to consciously teach our students the skills of collaboration. We are, after all, preparing them for a world in which collaboration across cultures will have profound economic and moral implications. What do you think of the Core Curriculum and what are your views on testing students and assessing teachers? Schools, particularly in New Jersey, face a series of forces—a perfect storm if you will—with the potential to either undercut or enhance our educational mission. We have to understand and implement sweeping instructional shifts associated with the new Common Core Standards in mathematics, language arts, and soon to be science. We have to plan for a radical and expensive change in the testing platform associated with those standards. We have new teacher evaluation requirements the impact of which on school climate, culture, administrative capacity, and student performance has yet to be seen. And, of course, we have a two percent cap on the budgetary increases we can make to address all of the changes we face. All school districts will be attempting to navigate the storm. I believe the Princeton School System will be a flagship for others to follow. Princeton, with its reputation, its resources, and its challenges, has the opportunity to chart a course other districts will look
to take. The key is to stay focused on our mission and to use the winds of change, the rigors of the Common Core, for example, to propel us forward. Our mission has always been to prepare all students to think critically, to solve complex problems, to read well, to write well, to create, to communicate, to collaborate. State and federal mandates won’t change that. Moreover, our mission has always been to inspire our students to live a life of purpose and to make a difference in their world. If as a learning community we stay focused on that mission, the inevitable winds of change will not sway us from our course. Please clarify when you talk about your passion for numbers. Numbers tell a story. The story may be about student achievement. The story may be about enrollment. The story may be about spending. But the numbers prompt us to ask questions. They help us make predictions. They allow us to affirm our practice, and, when appropriate, to alter it. I look forward to joining my new colleagues in reading and sharing the story of Princeton by the numbers. I am eager, for example, to explore the reading levels of our first graders, the mathematical problem-solving of our middle schoolers, and the AP scores of our high school students – broken out, perhaps, by gender. I am excited to see what the demographer’s report may suggest about future class sizes, staffing needs, and building usage. And, of course, I want to walk through the budget connecting numbers to our goals as a district and noting expenditures on everything from health benefits to bandwidth and from debt service to professional development. Great teachers collect and analyze data every day in their classrooms. They use it to refine and tailor instruction for their students. I want to support our teachers in using high quality data, and I want to ensure that as a district we use it to make the best decisions possible for our kids. What are your views on technology in the classroom and keeping teachers and the level of equipment, up to date? I recently visited John Witherspoon Middle School. I saw teachers using powerpoint slides and YouTube videos to bring learning to life. I sat with a boy from Siberia who wrote a phrase in Russian on an iPad, pressed a button, and had an instant translation in English. I visited
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Strep Throat: Around this time of year, strep throat appears throughout the halls and schoolyards of nursery and elementary schools. Strep throat is highly contagious and spreads by way of unclean hands. Classic symptoms include a beet red throat, white spotted tongue and throat, painful swallowing, swollen tonsils and lymph nodes, high fever, and headache. “Sometimes a characteristic rash is present. Some children with strep feel nauseous and may vomit,” says Dr. Zollner.
Today there is a “rapid strep test” which can determine the presence of strep throat almost immediately after taking a throat swab from the child. The doctor will touch the back of the child’s throat with a small cotton swab and in about 15 minutes, will be able to determine if the child needs penicillin. Once the child has been on the antibiotic for 24 hours, and is feeling better, he or she are no longer contagious. Although a child may immediately show rapid signs of improvement and even return to school, it is important to take the antibiotic for the entire prescribed period. Parents who do not allow their child to finish the prescription risk a relapse or the chance of spreading the infection to other household members. In general, Louis Tesoro, MD suggests that, “for both infections, good hand washing technique is the best way to prevent the spread of germs.”
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From Little League to the Big Leagues
Interviews by Lynn Adams Smith Photography by Frank Wojciechowski
ome children take to athletics like fish to water. Others are put off by the competitive culture or do not see themselves as athletically gifted. Whether your child is sports-obsessed or extremely reluctant, many parents find this balancing act confusing, so we asked some Princeton area coaches for their best advice when it comes to developing your child’s own inner-athlete.
“I personally subscribe to the belief that you can’t really tell which youth athletes have the potential to play for college teams or play professionally until around ages 14 or 15. I say this because you don’t really know who is going to be the strongest, the biggest or the fastest until they go through puberty. There are tons of examples of kids who developed early on and dominated their sport between the ages of 8 to 12, but who were done growing by age 13 and were then surpassed by other kids, who become even bigger, faster and stronger. These are the kids who play for college teams.” — Jon Durbin, Co-President of Princeton Little League
“We run a youth football program in town and football is well-known as the ultimate team sport. Everyone on the field must do their job on a given play to succeed. Watching a team come together and reach a goal, be it small or large, is a great feeling. Besides the obvious exercise that is taking place, children learn the importance of self-control when it comes to discipline and emotions. A lot can be learned from victory, as well as defeat.” — Jason Petrone, President of Princeton Junior Football League.
“I am a firm believer that kids should try multiple sports as they grow up. Without attempting something new, they will never know what they might enjoy. There is so much overlap in athletics that you can see how one sport has benefited the success of another. Clearly, children eventually have to make choices, but not too young—let them play.” — Missy Bruvik, Varsity Field Hockey Coach, Middle School Lacrosse Coach & Physical Education Teacher at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart
“It’s important to keep in mind that there are both team and individual sports, and that some kids are better suited to more individualized sports, than team sports. Also keep in mind that there are other physical activities like dance and yoga that provide great physical benefits.” — Jon Durbin
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“A parent has to be careful to balance opportunities for their athlete to pursue stronger competition, while allowing them to be well-rounded outside of the sport. It is different for every kid and each situation, but if the kid is truly gifted, opportunities will always present themselves.” — Tim Chase, NJ Stars Ice Hockey Coach
“Athletic equipment usually has a pretty long life. The “play it again” sports stores are great, but we try to recycle and give our students equipment to borrow for the season, until they make a choice to play at the next level. I would encourage parents to ask if there is equipment available to borrow prior to investing a lot of money on an athlete just starting out.” — Missy Bruvik
“Once a player starts playing one sport exclusively, they tend to use the same muscles and body parts over and over. This is where the injuries start to occur. We see this all the time in baseball with pitchers; some time off from the primary sport is recommended for all players. Focusing on strength and conditioning training in the off-season can help a lot to improve performance and to reduce injuries.” — Jon Durbin
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“Be careful not to overextend your young athlete by having them play on multiple teams of the same sport. The muscles needed to play should have time to rest. This is where I think playing different sports may help to keep the athlete in shape and develop other muscle groups. This is also important for the social growth as they meet other kids from different schools and townships with the same interests and passions.” — Missy Bruvik
“I wish I paid more attention to nutrition. Eating properly is a much more important component to growth and strength than I realized as a child and young adult. Even outside of sports, there needs to be more focus on teaching kids proper nutrition. Advertising will always try to push some new sports drink, but for most situations, water is the best way to hydrate.” — Tim Chase
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