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Peter Hutton
Peter Hutton has been Head of Beaver Country Day School, one of the nation’s leading independent schools for grades 6-12, since 1992. Located in Chestnut Hill, MA, the school is at the forefront of education and innovation on the local and national levels through its commitment to creative problem solving, teaching with technology and the studio model.

Hutton is an energetic leader and a strong advocate of embracing new technologies and pedagogical approaches in the classroom. Under his leadership, Beaver continues to prepare students to adapt to and impact our rapidly changing world.

Entries by Peter Hutton

Fostering Grit in Today's Students, Classrooms and Schools

(3) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 5:42 PM


In her compelling TED Talk, Angela Lee Duckworth posits that grit, not conventional forms of measuring intelligence like IQ or SAT (which, by the way, do not at all measure intelligence), is the greatest predictor of success. If we ask who...

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How to Implement a Coded Curriculum in Your School

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 1:57 PM


This article originally appeared on EdSurge on May 3, 2015.

As the head of Beaver Country Day School, a co-ed school for grades 6-12 that has adopted a unique approach to coding in the curriculum, I very much enjoyed...

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Learning From Zappos: Why Every School Needs an Organizational Mindset

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 3:28 PM

In many ways, being the head of a school is like being the CEO of a company. Over my 20+ years as the head of Beaver Country Day School, I've frequently looked to the business world -- not just the education system -- for inspiration on how to...

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Summertime for Educators: Soaking Up the Conferences

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 5:02 PM

Ahh, summer vacation. The weather's great, the hallways are quiet, and there's plenty of time to strategize for the upcoming academic year. One of my primary focuses this summer has been preparing to implement a new "coded curriculum" this fall at Beaver, which, as I described in my...

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Coding to Learn: the 21st Century Curriculum

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 2:13 PM

Innovation, STEM education, 21st century learning. As educators, it's our job to embrace these concepts, not reject them. K-12 educators in particular need to incorporate 21st century concepts into curriculums to make skills like computer programming an essential part of the student experience. As I've written before and...

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Innovating K-12 Education for the New Economy

(3) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 10:00 PM

If there's one subject nearly every American has considered of late, it's our nation's future. From rising unemployment rates to growing concerns for future generations, we all fear the consequences of a weak economy.

As an experienced educator and the current Head of Beaver Country Day...

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