In partnership with the Learning in the World group and the Dean of Studies, during the Institute’s planning phase we focused on: (1) strengthening the infrastructure for existing and new off-campus learning programs, and, (2) cultivating and channeling faculty energy and student engagement that are essential to driving program creation, expansion, and evolution. Funded by a generous grant from the Abbot Academy Association, Carmen is helping to advance current priorities and lead new efforts during 2014-15 and to build upon and expand our planning year initiatives.
During 2014-15, we are working closely with program leaders to:
- Develop a shared vision, statement of purpose and criteria for program assessment
- Develop a clear, streamlined toolkit for faculty who are interested in building upon a current program and/or developing a new program.
- Engaging the entire faculty in conversations around the role of global perspectives and experiences in our program overall
- Foster curricular innovation by developing common orientation and post-programming processes
- Cultivate new partnerships and partnership models (e.g. SESC School in Brazil, new collaborators in Kunming, Riverside School in India, Niswarth partnership with Exeter)
- Incubate and implement new programs, re-introduce previous programs in 2015
- Strengthen our budget and fundraising processes
Process initiatives include:
- Rolling out and expanding our online application process
- Streamlining and updating risk management forms and processes
- Coordinating shared learning among program directors
- Providing up to date information and education for students, faculty, and parents about all relevant programs