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 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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This is your brain on…

Meditation. I think there is new research at least weekly these days about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness.  Here is the latest from the Washington Post.  It's interesting how our scientific society needs to "prove" something that people of ancient cultures...

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Imagine Brilliance

“When I gave my first concert in Chartes, I felt that the cathedral almost kicked me out.  ‘Get out with you!’ she said.  For I was young and I tried to perform as I always did: by just playing my violin.  But then I realized that in Chartes you actually cannot play...

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Building an anti-racist classroom

Empowering All. Validating a Pedagogy of Difference. The recent slayings in New York, Ferguson, and other places (recent, past, and ongoing) have weighed heavily on the hearts of educators who are working hard to create a more just world.  However, educators are all...

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