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17 Mar State of the School

The State of the School address was Tuesday, March 8. Approximately 40 parents attended this evening event. Below is a brief recap of the program.

Nicole A. DuFauchard

Nicole A. DuFauchard, Head of School

Head of School Update

Nicole spent two weeks at Columbia University in New York City as part of the renowned Klingenstein Institute. This fellowship accepted twenty heads of school from around the world for its 2016 cohort. This year’s theme was “Re-Envisioning Schools.”

Nicole participated in three classes: Educational Research, Educational Philosophy, and Re-envisioning Schools. The cohort collaborated with master’s degree Leadership Students at Columbia’s Teachers College. Klingenstein Fellows visited four schools in New York–public, charter, private, for profit–to research and observe pedagogy, governance, technology, and leadership. Presentations were given on each topic and class assignments included essays and individual presentations. Nicole’s ongoing research included the study of social-emotional learning and the connection to academic success and technology integration. The technology and social emotional research will be posted on the Advent website as well as submitted to educational journals. The Klingenstein Institute will publish the final collaborative study.

Strategic Plan

One of the goals of Learn, Act, Change is to raise Advent’s visibility as a leading progressive elementary school in Boston. Below are some of the ways our faculty and staff have been furthering Advent’s mission.

Three of our staff members are serving on AISNE accreditation visiting teams: Sarah Mulrooney, Assistant Head of School; Abigail Grenon, Director of Communication; and Erina Spiegelman, Second Grade. The accreditation process allows each school to review their AISNE standards and each team consists of five to eight school personnel who review all aspects of their assigned school.

Makerspace Saturday

Completed derby cars at the first Makerspace Saturday.

Our students will be competing in the Massachusetts Odyssey of the Mind competition this Saturday, March 19. This is the first time that a team from Advent has competed. In December Advent also had a team compete at the First LEGO League event, another first for the School.

Evan Roman, Summer Program Coordinator, and David Raabe, Fourth Grade, hosted Advent’s first Makerspace Saturday on February 27. This workshop was for current families and community members. Participants were challenged to design, build, and test a derby car. The workshop was a big success and another one is scheduled for Saturday, April 30.

Registration for Advent’s summer program, Dream, Design, Discover, is at a record level. The program added a session for 10 to 12 year olds. Registrants (and teachers!) are looking forward to another exciting summer in the SMART Lab.

Each of the six faculty-led committees is making tremendous progress in their areas of focus. The six committees are Community Share; Library & Technology; Social-Emotional Learning; Playground; Reggio Emilia; and Boston is Our City. The Boston is Our City Committee (BIOC) has set up a resource website for faculty. It lists current community partners, offers suggestions for field trips, and educates teachers on ways to continue to use Boston as an extension of the classroom.

Finally, the annual Advent Collaborative is scheduled for Saturday, April 9. This event invites educators from around the world to Boston to learn about Advent’s progressive, thematic curriculum. There is a keynote address in the morning, followed by presentations and workshops by Advent faculty. This year’s featured speaker is Lecia Brooks, Outreach Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

99 West Cedar

In February Advent made 99 West Cedar Street (AKA the SMART Lab) a permanent part of its campus. Nicole and Jeff Morgan, Director of Finance &  Operations, answered questions from attendees. Two areas of interest were parking and renovations to the space. The School is working with the city and the MBTA to establish rights of use for the attached parking lot. Advent is researching how the building can be renovated in an intentional way to lessen movement for classes and improve our program.

Thank you to everyone who attended the State of the School. If you have questions about the topics discussed here please contact Abigail Grenon, Director of Communication.