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Brendan Largay, Head of School

Summer Innovation Collaborative Stipends

With two weeks remaining in the school year, teachers are planning for summer reading, evaluating how to ensure success for each student as they ‘move up’ from their current grade to the next one, and assessing their curriculum for what worked well, what didn’t, and why.

All of our teachers are already planning for next fall. Many of them have lined up phenomenal professional development work at conferences on technology, innovation, diversity, art, and math, along with literacy coursework through Lesley University and much more.

In addition to all of that, the second summer of the Innovation Collaborative Stipend offers support for summer work to be implemented in the coming school year. Faculty can apply for a stipend to design something new and useful for students, teachers, or the community across grades or disciplines. The goal here is iterative—some work will yield results to be implemented right way, while other work will result in the seed of a great idea emerging that needs a school year to test, tweak, redesign, or reconsider. The stipend is an additional incentive for a faculty that is already dedicated to reflection, innovation, and honing their craft.

Here, in no particular order, are this summer’s Innovation Collaborative Stipends. More than 70% of the faculty will be taking part in the work—a testament to the energy, dedication, and creativity of this fabulous group! Be sure to check in this fall to see how they have turned out.

  • Enhancing information literacy curriculum for fourth and fifth grades
  • Articulating the third to fifth grade trajectory with new space
  • On-boarding of new faculty
  • Designing a new student orientation experience for sixth grade
  • Designing opportunities for student leadership at sharing assemblies
  • Developing a garden curriculum for kindergarten
  • Designing a social studies and English mods program for seventh grade
  • Designing affinity groups for the after school program
  • Enhancing the admissions process for pre-kindergarten applicants
  • Examining restorative justice and developing behavioral norms for the community
  • Reviewing the pre-k to eighth grade arts curriculum
  • Integrating music and Freedom Night with new faculty member Yui Kitamura
  • Creating a LGBTQ visibility bulletin board
  • Separating the humanities curriculum strand into social studies and English in sixth grade
  • Evaluating the Capstone research paper process with new faculty member Suzanne Caruso

In all cases, the work is exciting, meaningful, and sure to elevate the experience of our students in the fall.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Brendan

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