Several of our 2015-16 fellows are working on topics that are core to our Learning in the World programming. As we consider opportunities to integrate global perspectives into our program writ large, these fellows are exploring creative approaches—through classes and community programming, local partnerships and other place-based models. Through these projects, we hope to nurture and develop a variety of pathways for students to engage in Learning in the World questions and themes over the course of their time at Andover.
As a collaboration among the English Department, the Community Engagement Office, and Lawrence public schools and community organizations, English 501, Writing and Teaching to Change the World is a community-based learning course. Students are encouraged to discover and develop the writer within themselves and then, in turn, to serve as Andover Bread Loaf Writing Leaders. As leaders, they learn to organize their own writing programs or to assist teachers in organizing writing programs. In addition to reading texts about educational theory and practice, students will experiment during in-class workshops with many different genres of writing in a supportive, creative learning community. The course provides students with methods they can use in working with other youth in K-12 and provides them with the experience of working in classrooms in the Lawrence Public Schools. Students are invited to join the Andover Bread Loaf Network and to participate in its conferences, workshops, and events during the year. Lou Bernieri and Monique Cueto-Potts will also identify best practices associated with developing service learning opportunities throughout the Andover campus.
This yearlong project will focus on the development and piloting of new Learning in the World (LitW) opportunities, with an emphasis on place-based, socially conscious themes that link communities in collaborative partnership. Working with colleagues (including current LitW program leaders), the Community Engagement Office, and other collaborators, Mark Cutler will design pathways and locally centered programming for younger students (e.g. 9th and 10th graders), to tap their potential as budding scholars and leaders and also to prepare them for future LitW experiences. Educators from PA, as well as teachers and students from local schools, will contribute to the discussion. The goal is to develop a network and ultimately co-create this pilot and other future, collaborative efforts.