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TC alumnus Jim Best will become Head of The Dalton School in June 2018

Teachers College alumnus Jim Best (M.Ed. '98)
Teachers College alumnus Jim Best (M.Ed. '98)

Teachers College alumnus Jim Best (M.Ed. '98) will become the new Head of School at New York City’s prestigious Dalton School in June 2018. Best, currently Associate Head of School at Dalton, will spend the next year working alongside Dalton’s current leader, Ellen Stein, in a Head of School-elect capacity.

Dalton is an independent, co-educational K-12 day school founded in 1919 by the renowned progressive educator Helen Parkhurst, a Teachers College graduate who studied with John Dewey.  Its famed Dalton Plan has inspired some 200 Dalton Schools around the world.

TC has often worked closely with Dalton in the past – including during the mid-1990s, when, in effort detailed in a Time magazine cover story, TC faculty helped wire the school and connect its teachers and students to Dalton’s library, New York City cultural institutions, and (via email) each other.

Dalton’s board described Best, who joined Dalton 12 years ago as Assistant Head of School, as “one of the city’s, and the country’s, most coveted administrators” and “a visionary educator with a heart as big as Dalton.”

Prior to joining Dalton, Best served as a teacher, advisor, coach, and administrator at various independent schools across the nation. At Dalton, he has spearheaded the school’s global initiatives, led Dalton’s co-founding of the Global Online Academy (whose board he now chairs), and overseen reviews of Dalton’s offerings in Math, Science, Foreign Language Physical Education and Athletics.

Published Friday, May 19, 2017

Teachers College alumnus Jim Best (M.Ed. '98)
Teachers College alumnus Jim Best (M.Ed. '98)

Teachers College alumnus Jim Best (M.Ed. '98) will become the new Head of School at New York City’s prestigious Dalton School in June 2018. Best, currently Associate Head of School at Dalton, will spend the next year working alongside Dalton’s current leader, Ellen Stein, in a Head of School-elect capacity.

Dalton is an independent, co-educational K-12 day school founded in 1919 by the renowned progressive educator Helen Parkhurst, a Teachers College graduate who studied with John Dewey.  Its famed Dalton Plan has inspired some 200 Dalton Schools around the world.

TC has often worked closely with Dalton in the past – including during the mid-1990s, when, in effort detailed in a Time magazine cover story, TC faculty helped wire the school and connect its teachers and students to Dalton’s library, New York City cultural institutions, and (via email) each other.

Dalton’s board described Best, who joined Dalton 12 years ago as Assistant Head of School, as “one of the city’s, and the country’s, most coveted administrators” and “a visionary educator with a heart as big as Dalton.”

Prior to joining Dalton, Best served as a teacher, advisor, coach, and administrator at various independent schools across the nation. At Dalton, he has spearheaded the school’s global initiatives, led Dalton’s co-founding of the Global Online Academy (whose board he now chairs), and overseen reviews of Dalton’s offerings in Math, Science, Foreign Language Physical Education and Athletics.

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