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

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

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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The results of meditation in schools

The results of meditation in schools

[iframe id="http://player.theplatform.com/p/2E2eJC/nbcNewsOffsite?guid=nn_cyn_meditation_141230"] Children have been meditating at Rainbow since 1977, but now some public schools are realizing the benefits of meditation.  Check out this wonderful story about how...

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Do you want to be an original?

Do you want to be an original?

"They are so worried about being successful, they want to be a carbon copy instead of an original."  --From last night's lecture by Dr. Cornel West, given to a standing room only crowd at Kimmel Arena at UNCA.  Of course, Dr West was referring to young people being...

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Does your child have a growth mindset?

Does your child have a growth mindset?

Does your child have a growth mindset? This TED video, entitled "The Power of Belief: Mindset and Success" is a powerful reminder of how children can have a mindset to help them achieve what they set out to do. Thank you to Barb King, counselor at Carolina Day School...

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Spelling Really Does Count…

Spelling Really Does Count…

  ...because it all counts. To my surprise, this article ended up being about something much larger than spelling. It reminded me that holistic education, such as we practice at Rainbow, makes sense for reasons we may not have thought about. Yes, spelling does...

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The secret to innovation….

The secret to innovation….

...is taking risks.   "There is no risk-taking without a culture of trust and respect." ~Tony Wagner. Parents at Rainbow repeatedly cite how the social environment at Rainbow is one of acceptance. It takes courage to take risks, so being surrounding by people who...

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Give our children a fighting chance

Give our children a fighting chance

I often ask, "If we are preparing our children for the future, what does the future look like?"  Hopefully, the world will be much different in terms of our systems and energy use.  When our children are our age, their homes will be heated and cooled with different...

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My Job Is To Be a Futurist

My Job Is To Be a Futurist

As a school director, my job is to be a futurist. I have to predict what the future is bringing, and craft the curriculum with that in mind. The rate of change in our society is so fast, this requires constant research, innovation, and educated guessing. It also...

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from the dream team…

from the dream team…

Did you know Boss Day was last week?  I didn’t even know there was such a thing, until I got this awesome card signed by my favorite people.  You are the BEST staff EVER.  The dream team!  Thanks for making all our dreams at Rainbow come true.  You give me the courage...

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What is the secret?

What is the secret?

"There is no risk-taking without a culture of trust and respect." ~Tony Wagner at the Changing the Odds Conference. That is the REAL secret to why students at Rainbow Community School become innovators.

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