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The Importance of Teaching Empathy

Delaware Valley Friends School faculty members Nic James and Elizabeth Kriynovich share two excellent articles on building empathy in our schools

Nic James is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Delaware Valley Friends and shared this article from Mindshift with colleagues, saying “Many researchers and critical thinkers have discovered that when we operate from a foundation of empathy for others, we increase our own levels of …

Posted by Lisa Howell in Quaker Education, Mindfulness Moment, Diversity, Friends, Community, skills on Thursday October 17, 2019 at 01:52PM
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Why a Skills-Based Curriculum is a Game-changer for DVFS Lower & Middle School Students

An interview with Lower & Middle School Director Jason Seggern

As the director of our younger divisions, Jason is a member of our regular Admissions Information Session panel of faculty and administrators. We asked Jason to comment on some of the most frequently asked questions from families interested in our Middle School program. See those questions and his responses below:

What drives the DVFS Middle School Curriculum?

DVFS’ Middle School …

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Our New Play and Community Space is Open!

Drumroll… “Five – four – three – two – one – go!” The entire school counted down to the opening of the new play and community space on Monday, April 30, 2018.

DV's two student government Co-clerks, Michael Hall and John Coleman, cut the ceremonial red ribbon to opening the way for the Lower School grades to run up the hill, becoming the first students to play on the new equipment.

Despite the chilly weather, our youngest students – cheered on by …

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Learning Ally Awards DV Alumna Adrianna Mowrer

Adrianna Mowrer Learning Ally Award 2018DVFS Alumna Adrianna Mowrer ('17) was recently awarded the Learning Ally Marion Huber Learning Through Listening Award (LTL) for Students with a Learning Disability.

Adrianna is a panelist on the April 10, 2018 Learning Ally webinar, (click here to listen live) with President & CEO Andrew Friedman leading a live panel discussion with several of Learning Ally’s 2018 National Achievement Scholarship Award Recipients. This webinar …

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S.A.F.E. Query: How To Be A Better ALLY

Quakers use the term Query to refer to a question or series of questions used for reflection and in spiritual exercises. Friends have used Queries as tools for offering spiritual challenges to the community for much of their history, often taking the form of a collection of themed questions that are read at the beginning of a time of gathering. A Query is an opportunity for deep reflection and sharing, for learning, and for building community.


Posted by kelly in Quaker Education, Students-in-Action, Community Service on Tuesday March 13, 2018
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This is Delaware Valley Friends School

We are thrilled and proud to share this new DVFSchool video, created entirely by DVFS alumni and students, and highlighting the many ways that Delaware Valley Friends School stands out as a leader in the field of educating students with learning differences.

Delaware Valley Friends School is a private, independent Quaker school in Paoli, Pennsylvania, serving students grades 3-12 with learning differences.

DVFS welcomes students with learning …

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Happy Teachers Change the World

It makes sense, right? Happy teachers change the world, and at Delaware Valley Friends School we know for a fact--and benefit every day--from the teachers among us who are working to create a balanced, mindful, peaceful learning environment, not just for students but for the faculty and staff, as well. DVFS Upper School faculty member Elizabeth Kriynovich is one of those teachers.

Through her teaching, her work with the Yoga Club, and as a …

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Paoli, Pennsylvania - Tuesday, December 7, 2016

DVFS Head of School Kirk Smothers and Clerk of the Board of Trustees Curt Grogan announced that the school is expanding to include a lower school program with the addition of grades 3 and 4 to its program. With its creation of a lower school program, DVFS becomes the only Friends school in the Philadelphia area dedicated solely to the education of students who learn differently from …

Posted by in Quaker Education, Head of School, Lower School, Announcement on Wednesday December 7, 2016 at 02:02PM
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DVFS Teacher Receives National Diversity Practitioners Medal of Honor

On Saturday, October 29, 2016, Delaware Valley Friends School Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Tom Lees, was presented with the Diversity Practitioners Medal of Honor by Rodney Glasgow of The Glasgow Group, LLC.

Tom was attending the 5th Annual Mid-Atlantic Region Diversity Conference with four current DVFS students: Anat Ferleger, Josh Rios, Dylan Renninger, and Brandon Daga. The all-day MARD Conference took place at Abington Friends School …

Posted by in Quaker Education, Beyond the Classroom, Faculty, Diversity on Monday October 31, 2016
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In this series of blog posts we answer 7 questions that we have heard over our 28 years of teaching LD students grades 6-12 -- questions that families ask as they make decisions about what kind of school environment is right for their child.

How does Delaware Valley Friends School incorporate Quaker principles into the education process?

Quaker principles are evident daily at Delaware Valley Friends School: in our classrooms, business meetings, …
Posted by in Quaker Education on Monday September 14, 2015
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