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Winter 2011

As we approach the midpoint in the school year and families return to post holiday life and decision making, the media seem to be filled with articles about issues related to parenting styles, educational options and challenges, and the employment issues recent graduates are facing. We at Bertram are tracking all those trends and are poised to help our families navigate through their decision making at every educational phase.

Please be sure to read through the insights and Bertram team guidance below and look to "From the Quad" for additional perspectives on college and graduate school admissions, independent day and boarding schools, as well as special needs education options. And, as always, we welcome your comments and family news.


Cammie Bertram and The Bertram Team
191 Post Road West, Westport, Connecticut 06880

Signs and Signals

2010 brought a lot of news in the education sector, including the controversial film Waiting for Superman and the integration of mobile devices into the classroom. What can we expect for 2011? Find out what's trending in education this year here.

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The Right Road

Spikes in depression, more specifically Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) are especially common during the cold and gray winter months.

Parents can look here to learn more about identifying the signs of depression in their teenagers.

We at Bertram have decades of experience helping families find alternative learning situations for at-risk teens, and encourage you to include us in... read more

The Savvy Guide

One foreign tongue you probably didn't study in college or graduate school is "Teenage as a Second Language." But now you can. Barbara Greenberg, PhD recently penned this groundbreaking new book, which offers every parent insights into how to communicate better with his or her teenage child.

The book,... read more

Bertram Says...

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. And we truly love gifts with a charitable tie-in. Be sure to consider True Prep Jewelry atJewelry for a Cause. This innovative company has given back to a variety of schools and youth oriented causes.... read more

New Footprints

We are illuminated this month!


We attended five key educational conferences over the past few months and absorbed news and trends in the boarding, secondary school, college, and green education arenas. We remain one step ahead of ways to help our families make the right choices.

Bertram is a proud sponsor of theGreen Cup Challenge, an initiative of the ... read more

The Compass

January - March

  • Summer activity planning should be starting now. Remember, work experiences, travel, summer coursework, and internships can all be beneficial to a student's future.
  • Specialized short-term programs for students with learning differences are filling up quickly. Please contact us to learn more about some options (including new ones for 2011).
  • Be sure you are prepared for all
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Off the Beaten Path

Click here to find out what colleges don't tell you at orientation.... read more

The Socially-Responsible Highway

College students are finding new and improved ways to help the environment. Read about the latest movement, "Banning the Bottle," featured in The New York Times.... read more