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Montrose Podcast

Welcome to Montrose Podcast, the official podcast of Montrose School . . . where girls are called to greatness. 

Here, young women achieve academic excellence in a rich liberal arts environment by developing enduring habits of mind, heart and character. Join us as we explore topics that highlight the impact of a Montrose education, and how it affects the world around us.

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Opening School in a Pandemic

Welcome to Season 3 of Montrose Podcast! In this episode, Head of School Dr. Karen Bohlin gives us an insider’s view of what it’s like to be opening school in the midst of a pandemic. From the stringent safety protocols to the heightened teacher collaboration to the exuberance of the students, there is certainly more “new” than “normal,” but the Maverick spirit is running strong.

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The Sweet Spot: Where Social Emotional Learning, Civics and Character Education Meet

This episode features expert guests Louise Dubé (Executive Director of iCivics) and Marc Brackett (Founding Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence) and KPCEL faculty members: Hardin Coleman, Professor of Counseling and Applied Human Development and Dean Emeritus, BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development; Karen Bohlin, Head of School and Director of LifeCompass Institute at Montrose School; Deborah Farmer Kris, PBSKids & MindShift,  Associate Director of LifeCompass Institute; and Ariel Tichnor-Wagner, BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development 

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Podcast Expert Guest: Marc Brackett, PhD, is the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Professor in the Child Study Center of Yale University. He is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by nearly 2,000 pre-K through high schools across the United States and in other countries. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and is the author of Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive

As a researcher for over 20 years, Brackett has focused on the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance. He has published 125 scholarly articles and received numerous awards and accolades for his work in this area. He also consults regularly with corporations, such as Facebook, Microsoft, and Google on integrating the principles of emotional intelligence into employee training and product design. Most recently, he co-founded Oji Life Lab, a corporate learning firm that develops innovative digital learning systems on emotional intelligence.

Brackett’s mission is to educate the world about the value of emotions and the skills associated with using them wisely. “I want everyone to become an emotion scientist," he says. “We need to be curious explorers of our own and others’ emotions so they can help us achieve our goals and improve our lives.”

Podcast Expert Guest: Louise Dubé, J.D. and MBA, is the Executive Director of iCivics. Dubé joined iCivics as its Executive Director in July 2014. She discovered the power of education in the early 1990s as a co-founder of CASES, a New York alternative-to-incarceration program for youthful offenders where education helped re-shape lives. Inspired by a continuing deep commitment to ongoing learning, she has devoted her career to ensuring that all students are prepared for active and thoughtful citizenship and life.

Dubé has successfully led growth organizations that make and deliver engaging educational technology and digital media. Most recently, she was the Managing Director of Digital Learning at WGBH. At WGBH, Dubé helped launch PBS LearningMedia, a platform with more than 87,000 classroom-ready digital resources reaching 1.5 million educators. Previously, Dubé served as President of Pangea Tools, an educational software start-up successfully acquired by Houghton Mifflin, and as VP of Marketing at Time To Know, a 1:1 curriculum platform, now distributed by McGraw-Hill Education. As President of Soliloquy Learning, Dubé structured the sale of the company to Scientific Learning where she served as Vice President and General Manager of Speech Products. 

Dubé began her career as an attorney in Montreal, Canada, and holds a law degree from McGill University, as well as an MBA from Yale. Dubé, a native of Quebec, has two children, Simon and Daniel, who share her love of travel, reading, debating and learning.

If you are interested in learning more about Dubé, iCivics' strategic direction, and the current landscape for ed-gaming and civic education, please click here. You will be directed to an interview with Dubé, conducted by the Bernstein Family Foundation. 

Season Two

Let's talk about race


NPR issued its Podcast Challenge again this year, and Barbara Whitlock’s AP Language and Composition class at Montrose once again answered the call. Earlier this year, these juniors chose the topic of “Breaking Racial Barriers through Courageous Conversations.” It resonates in an amazingly timely way with the extreme racial tensions we’re currently experiencing as a nation. 

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Celebrating the Class of 2020


Like all of their senior class peers, the Montrose Class of 2020 is graduating, but without the traditional graduation that they’ve anticipated. This episode is dedicated to their spirit, their generosity and their joy. Hear from the graduates themselves as well as their grade level mentor, Deborah Farmer Kris.

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More on Why Poetry Matters


Welcome to this continued exploration of why poetry matters, especially during quarantine. Special guests include Theresa Monteiro, an MFA student at the University of New Hampshire, and Montrose sophomore Jenn Uche.

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Why Poetry Matters


April is National Poetry Month! Explore why poetry matters, and celebrate with a poetry potpourri put on by members of the Montrose community.

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Building Community during Covid-19


COVID-19  has us all doing things differently, whether we’re on the front lines at hospitals or on the checkout lines at grocery stores. In this episode, we’ll talk about what it’s like to build community and create connections, albeit virtually. We’ll hear from several students and teachers about what it’s like to experience the new normal: together, while apart.

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Special Edition: the new normal


Welcome to this Special Edition of Montrose Podcast. In this unprecedented time of dealing with the novel coronavirus, we have all had to respond to a new reality, and reimagine life as we know it. The Montrose community is far-reaching, with students from 7 different countries and 53 different towns. Head of School Dr. Karen Bohlin joins us to talk about the “new normal” we are all facing.

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Love Your Enemies


Our guest for this episode of Montrose Podcast is Arthur C. Brooks, social scientist, Harvard professor and New York Times bestselling author. His most recent book is called Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt. Dr. Brooks just gave a talk at Montrose as part of the LifeCompass Institute Speaker Series, presented by The Elizabeth Schickel Foundation. We previewed that talk with a mini podcast, and now invite you into the full conversation about how to love our enemies.

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Giving that Forms Character


You know that your gift to Montrose helps girls form good habits of mind, heart and character.... but did you know that you could win Pats tickets, too? This year's Annual Fund has a fun new twist: the chance to win 4 tickets to a Patriots game! Listen to Dr. Michael Roberto, Bryant University Professor, proud father of a Montrose senior, and new member of Montrose's Board of Trustees, on why it's important to give back.
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The Capstone Project


What’s the antidote to “senior slide?” At Montrose, it’s called the Capstone Project. Each Senior delves into a topic of her choosing, culminating in a 20-page paper and a 15-minute presentation. Associate Head of School Katie Elrod oversees the program, and celebrates each student’s success. Several of the members of the Class of 2019 talk about what it’s like to take on this culminating project of their Montrose education, with topics ranging from The Opioid Crisis to Technology’s Effect on Happiness to Concussions in the NFL.

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Middle school difference


What's the middle school difference at Montrose? Hear from both teachers and students as they tell us about Montrose’s signature programs and diverse opportunities for this highly developmental time in a student’s life.

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The Truth about Vaping


In this Montrose Mini, Student Government President Sophie Kocho '20 shares what she learned during her summer internship at UMass Medical Center, specifically about how vaping and nicotine affect adolescent health and brain development. 

To see Sophie's presentation and research, click here. For more information about smoking and vaping cessation, see Make Smoking Historythe Truth Initiative, and My Life, My Quit.

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Dr. Bohlin: A New year


For this Montrose Mini, we catch up with Head of School Dr. Karen Bohlin to talk about what it’s like to start a new school year, for both students and parents.

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Does your face light up?


Enjoy this quick "read" of Deborah Farmer Kris' article that went viral, "Does Your Face Light Up?": Five Words That Changed My Teaching and Parenting.

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Season One

Celebrating Commencement


Experience highlights from Montrose Commencement 2019, including remarks from keynote speaker Dr. Jehanna Peerzada, Class of 1986, and Valedictorian Caroline Churney, proud member of the graduating class. 

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What Would Siri Say?


Do you talk to Siri? When Barbara Whitlock’s AP Language and Composition class took on NPR’s Podcast Challenge, they tackled this and other questions about themselves. In the process, they created their very own podcast episode, entitled “Firewalls to Connection.” Listen to it here, and then hear takeaways from these Montrose juniors about accepting the Podcast Challenge. Listen now. 


What girls need to lead


From the importance of making mistakes to the benefit of making one small change, Head of School Dr. Karen Bohlin talks about how parents can help give young women the habits of mind, heart and character that they need to lead. Most of all, she encourages parents and educators to “teach like coaches” in calling girls to greatness. Listen now.


Read Dr. Bohlin & Deborah Farmer Kris on What it Means to Build a Life Compass

Learn more about emotional agility from Susan David

friendship and dating


Nationally renowned Boston College Professor Dr. Kerry Cronin, known as the "Dating Professor," visits Montrose to talk with upper school students and parents about the importance of relationships. Join us for a discussion that spans from Aristotle's definition of "love of the good" to modern-day rules for a successful first date. Listen now.

Read about Kerry Cronin in the Wall Street Journal.
Watch the documentary inspired by Dr. Cronin, The Dating Project.

good habits of mind


What are the habits of mind that can help us learn a new skill, build a new habit, or stop procrastinating? Deborah Farmer Kris, Montrose teacher and LifeCompass Associate Director, sheds light on these topics and more in this episode of Montrose Podcast. Listen now.

Giving that matters


We all want to give in a way that matters. Hear about how your support of the Montrose School Annual Fund contributes to the power of a Montrose education—shaping lives, and our world, for the better. Listen now.


Life after Montrose 2


Alumnae Gabby Landry '18 and Molly Cahill '16 share further reflections on the ways in which their Montrose experience transformed them, and helped them identify what greatness looks like. Listen now.

Life after Montrose 1


To see how transformational a Montrose education is, look no further than our alumnae. Listen in as Grace Schiller '13 and Clara Cahill Farella '16 reflect on their Montrose experiences, and how they helped make them the women they are today. Listen now.

Commencement Reflections


To understand the power of a Montrose education that is steeped in the liberal arts and informed by habits of heart, mind, and character, let’s hear from those who have benefited from it: Keynote speaker Dr. Nichole Mercier '94, and Class of 2018 Co-Valedictorians Anneka Ignatius and Elizabeth Ling. Listen now.

Why math matters


Yes, math matters. . . but did you know it was a language?! Have a listen as we talk with three Montrose math teachers about why math matters, how they teach it and how it impacts their students and our world. Listen now.

Design Thinking strategies


In this first installment, host Mary Cahill Farella addresses Design Thinking as a strategy for student learning, with special guest Dr. Michael Roberto, Trustee Professor of Management at Bryant University and Montrose parent, and faculty member Barbara Whitlock. Listen now.
Montrose Podcast host
Mary Cahill Farella is the host of Montrose Podcast. She is also a Montrose parent (‘16, ‘25). Mary spent over twenty years working for public media outlet WGBH, the Boston PBS affiliate. She now divides her time between professional pursuits, artistic endeavors, and holding down the homefront. Mary and her husband Stéfane live in Framingham, MA with their seven children.