As Dana Hall’s new Head of School, Katherine Bradley will build on the strength and momentum of recent years, while she builds out her long-term perspective on the future of Dana Hall and our potential to shape the future of girls’ education and leadership.
In her first year, she will focus on big questions as well as immediate tasks, on sustaining relationships as well as searching for opportunities for progress, on understanding the enduring mission of the School, as well as identifying new ways to bring that mission to life.
Above all, Katherine is committed to listening and learning as well as to leading and inspiring. She will visit classrooms and residence halls; organize conversations with students, faculty, staff, parents and alumnae; dig deep into programs and processes; and otherwise immerse herself in the Dana community on campus and beyond.
Five key questions
Katherine and the Board of Trustees have identified five key questions that will guide her first year as Head of School—questions that get to the heart of Dana’s Hall distinctive mission, rich history and limitless future. In addition to immersing herself in these questions, Katherine will pay special attention to a few short-term priorities. Here are the five questions:
- How do Dana Hall’s programs (academics, arts, health and wellness, college counseling, residential life) embody our mission?
- How do our diversity and inclusion efforts expand and enrich our mission as widely as possible?
- How do advancement efforts, parents and alumnae create a more powerful foundation to enhance and extend our mission?
- How do our marketing, communications and admissions programs reflect and reinforce our mission?
- How do our operational policies translate our mission into an engaging day-to-day reality for students, faculty and staff?
These five questions get to the heart of Dana Hall’s promise and identity, the “Dana Difference” that makes the School special and allows it to make an impact on its students and on the future of education. In addition to addressing these big-picture questions, Katherine will pay special attention to a few short-term priorities.
Dana Hall’s new fifth grade
Katherine will not be the only new arrival in 2016-17. This fall, the school will welcome its first-ever fifth-grade class. It is of great importance that the experience of this inaugural class sets the tone for the future. Katherine will pay special attention to this vital initiative.
Katherine’s long experience with residential life gives her a unique perspective on what the boarding experience at Dana Hall does well, what it could do better, and what new directions it might take. Katherine will pay particularly close attention to Dana Hall’s role as a boarding school, and look for ways to enrich residential life.
The new strategic plan
The creation of Dana Hall’s next long-term plan will begin in academic year 2017-18. Much of Katherine’s work in her first year will lay the groundwork for discussions around that strategic plan, which will become the blueprint for the next chapter in the School’s growth and evolution.