Schools That Thrive: How Moses Brown School Thrives with Head of School Matt Glendinning

What does it take to help a K-12 private school succeed? According to Matt Glendinning, the Head of School at Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island, “you need to be able to leave things off the table, as well as put things on.”

Moses Brown School, a 233-year-old K-12 institution named after one of the co-founders of Brown University, is one of only eighty private Quaker schools in the United States. While Quakerism might not be as prevalent as it was in the 18th century, Quaker schools are known for fostering students’ abilities to do both well and good in the world.

The focus isn’t on just the programs, Glendinning explains, but rather on people; it’s about being true to yourself and knowing who you are at your core. While Moses Brown School does aim to push students to colleges and higher education, Glendinning believes that schools ought to be just as focused on character as they are on academic content.

Glendinning believes that in order for schools to grow, they need to develop plans that respond to the way the world is changing, and these plans can only be developed by attempting to close the gap between administration and faculty.

Aside from having a sense of prioritization, school leaders must be able to articulate their vision for the school, and have the ability to motivate and excite people about it. This ability also includes being able to delegate to faculty, who spend the most time building relationships with the students.

“You could have the most compelling vision in the world, but if you don’t have the people who can build relationships, your school is probably not going anywhere,” Glendinning says.

Learn more on what Matt Glendinning has to say about private school growth and success in our podcast series, Schools That Thrive:

Jocelyn Bermudez

Jocelyn Bermudez

Jocelyn is a freelance writer originally from sunny South Florida, where she was the Managing Editor of Axis Creative Arts Magazine and a Senior Academic Mentor at United Mentors. She is currently a student at Emerson College, where she spends her time refining her writing skills when she isn’t preparing for the famous New England winters.