Director's Blog

Renee Owen has directed Rainbow Community School since July of 2007. Renee received her Masters Degree in educational leadership at the University of Colorado. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Michigan. She also holds an Executive Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University and a Waldorf Foundations Certificate from Antioch/Center for Anthroposophy. Currently, she is currently pursuing her EdD at Columbia University Teacher’s College. Her quest for research and educational theory is being applied in her dynamic practice at Rainbow Community School.

Renee Owen, Executive Director

Who had a fabulous struggle today?

Try it out for a dinner table discussion.  The question, "Who had a fabulous struggle today?" is a great example of what educators call a growth-mindset prompt. Students and adults with a growth mindset believe that humans have almost limitless potential.  Therefore,...

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Together, we learn.

Affirmative action isn't just about merit, defined by the same one size fits all empirical measures of the past. The purpose of education can no longer be about sifting out who deserves merit, and taming those who don't. That competitive model is obsolete. If we are...

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Who Said This?

“The most vital attribute in the world you’re about to enter is not critical thinking or fluency in another language. It’s about whether you’re able to see the world through another’s eyes.  The key factor of success for any society going forward is what percentage of...

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Inmates or Classmates?

Senior Deputy Ben Fields is seen pulling a student from her chair at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., in these three images made from another student's video recording. AP Like anyone who saw the video of the students at Spring Valley High being slammed to...

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What is an educational pioneer?

This brilliant, short, low-cost video explains in less that 7 minutes how we have to hospice old, failing systems (such as fossil fuels and our current public educational system), and pioneer news ones.  It provides clarity and hope for the pioneering work that...

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Governance is the secret to success

Link to New York Times: At Zappos, Pushing Shoes and a Vision People often marvel at how well Rainbow runs.  We have an incredible philosophy, curriculum, teachers, community, etc; but all of that doesn't produce results without great systems.  Five years ago, Rainbow...

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Who is the killer?

"The perpetrator has been caught, but the killer is still at large."  We can always count on Reverend Barber, head of North Carolina's NAACP and leader of the Moral Monday Movement, to speak the Truth.  The killer is racism in all it's forms.  Nowadays, when...

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