HEADx Talks


Our HEADx Series follows Head of School, Michael Saxenian, as he interviews our expert faculty.  Each episode provides great tips for parents and takes a deep look into the ways our educators work with students to help them grow and succeed in school, college, and in life.


Ready. Set. Read.

Join us for a HEADx Talk with Dr. Sara Hines, our Master Reading Coordinator. Together we’ll tackle a major misconception about how students learn to read. Typically schools will jump right into direct instruction, without focusing on phonological awareness first. We’ll review how McLean approaches things differently and focuses on phonemic awareness so that each and every student has the chance to succeed.


Overcoming Math Anxiety

Gather round for a HEADx Talk featuring Paul Belliveau, our Math Department Chair, and Robyn Wise, a Middle School math teacher. With their combined expertise, we get to the root of common challenges students face in math and demonstrate a few of the ways McLean goes about doing things differently. By utilizing examples students can easily identify with, such as pop culture, and focusing on Growth Mindset, students can shed their math anxiety and evolve their skills.

Amazing Benefits of Children Exploring Music

How does early music education support reading and executive functioning skills? Head of Lower School, Dr. Mary Dickerson, along with Master Reading Coordinator, Dr. Sara Hines, explore the amazing benefits of children exploring music at a young age.

Learning TRY-Angle

Missing assignments and lost school items? Middle School Learning Services Coordinator, Rebecca Stewart, has some ideas to help! In this talk, she gives a recap of her Learning TRY-Angle Community Education Series presentation and outlines how the home and school relationship is a fundamental base for supporting student growth. The Learning TRY-Angle can be a powerful tool for addressing common challenges students face.

Key Factors to College Success

Every single McLean School student who has graduated with a B average or above has gone on to graduate from college. This is an incredible level of persistence when compared to national statistics, where only 34% of students with learning differences, and 54% without, graduate. What makes this possible? Discover the five key factors that Head of Upper School, Dr. Josephine Diemond, has uncovered in her dissertation research.

College Visits 101

When visiting colleges, what’s the one thing you should make sure to pick up, and the one place you’ve got to visit? Get the answers and more inside tips for the Campus Visit from McLean School’s College Counselors, Kathleen Glynn-Sparrow, and Max Rosner. They’ll also share more about the School’s College Counseling Program.