This article was written by Charles Debelak and published in Westlake Neighbors magazine in December 2020. Charles Debelak is the co-founder and head of Birchwood School of Hawken. He earned his BS degree from Valparaiso University and his master's of education in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in gifted education from Cleveland State University.
This series of articles was written for the Birchwood community by Head of School, Charles Debelak, and can be found in the Birchwood School of Hawken 2020-21 Clipboard Newsletter. The purpose of Mr. Debelak's Clipboard articles is to provide parents with information about sound educational principles and child development issues gleaned from history, contemporary research, and Mr. Debelak's 40+ years of educating, coaching, and counseling children, young adults, and parents.