Other Co-Head of School
Ty Tingley is among the most recognized and accomplished heads of school in America, having led Phillips Exeter Academy as principal for 12 years and before that, The Blake School in Minneapolis, a day school of 1,200 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 on three campuses. Both Exeter and Blake are noted for their academic excellence, quality of faculty, and college and university placement.
During his time as principal, Exeter completed a master plan, with the participation of faculty, staff, students and graduates, that included a comprehensive curricular review, a wide expansion of the availability of technology and its instructional use, a dramatic expansion of financial aid resources and a number of significant building projects, with a focus on sustainable energy use. The increase in financial aid was a direct result of the success of Ty’s leadership of a $352 million capital campaign, the largest capital fund ever raised by an American independent secondary school.
Ty received his undergraduate training at Harvard College and his M.Ed. and Ed.D. degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He began his career as an English teacher.
Deeply committed to elementary and secondary education, Ty has served as president of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, the Minnesota Association of Independent Schools and School Year Abroad, as well as being a director of the National Association of Independent Schools and president of the Headmasters Association. He has served as trustee of numerous educational and cultural organizations and is a current trustee of United World College—USA, Shady Hill School and the Edward E. Ford Foundation.
In the 18 months leading up to the opening of the Avenues New York campus, Ty focused primarily on the design of the curriculum.
August 6th, 2012 - As part of our summer professional development in July, we showed a number of video clips to the faculty. These either introduced a concept we wanted to discuss or emphasized some part of our culture, pedagogy or curriculum. Most of these were TED Talks, More...
April 17th, 2012 - Ned Hallowell’s blog, “Curiosity and Imagination,” made me wonder if Dr. Hallowell had a degree in mind reading as well as psychiatry. The concerns he raises are central to the curriculum of a great school and of central concern to every parent contemplating sending a child to that school. More...
January 4th, 2012 - In 43 years of teaching school, I’ve never encountered anyone who was totally happy with the school schedule or the school calendar. These frameworks that guide our days in school are always compromises, and they define the allocation of a school’s scarcest resource, time. At Avenues right now, we are well into the planning that will result in students knowing next fall what time math class stops and lunch begins. More...
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