Learn, Connect, Grow

Our work is focused on enriching teaching and learning, on campus and in partnership with local and global communities. We are creating opportunities for students that are interdisciplinary in nature and help the Academy grow in relation to the priorities of the 2014 Strategic Plan. Tang Institute fellows and collaborators work together and individually to enrich student learning in three emerging areas: Equity & Inclusion; Empathy & Balance; and Creativity & Innovation.

Equity & Inclusion

Marked in particular by the establishment of A Better Chance in 1963, co-education in 1973, and need-blind admission in 2008, Andover’s evolving definition of “youth from every quarter” has led to increased access. We continue our progress toward full equity by enhancing our educational program and support systems to prepare our students for life at and beyond Andover. New content, emphasis, and technique will yield deeper understanding.

Goal: Nurture the academic and personal growth of all students as they navigate a complex, intentionally diverse learning community.

Institutional Whiteness & Racial Socialization

This project will seek to hone a workable, research curriculum that explores whiteness (as well as non-white identity politics) and the ways in which it shapes our communities.

Quiet Schools

A project that will explore ways to effectively support the needs of introverted students and faculty members and to identify and leverage their strengths.

The Rainbow at PA

This project will investigate and implement strategies for helping to make our campus one that visibly welcomes, represents, and embraces LGBTQ+ students and adults.

Reading with and against the Grain

Students will read various contesting and contentious narratives that bring light to the ongoing debate on history writing and rewriting.

Teaching Religious Studies: A Digital Resource

A new digital resource aims to enhance teaching on religious studies and increase religious literacy in students for our increasingly globalized world.

Empathy & Balance

Andover’s founders charged the head of school with convincing students “of the several great duties they owe to . . . their neighbour, and themselves.” Self-awareness remains just as important today: health, balance, and resilience are essential to a life of sustained and meaningful contribution. But the outward-looking element of this historical imperative has become even more compelling thanks to a student body from around the country and the world. More neighbors with a greater variety of viewpoints await contemporary Andover students; we will teach them to consider their obligations to others and to embrace difference.

Goal: Prioritize mutual understanding and individual well-being as essential to a thriving community.

Andover Arts Awareness

Data and other resources will enhance understanding of the important role that arts education plays in the health, wellness, and development of students.

Learning in the World: Creating a Niswarth Global Network

This project aims to share the Niswarth program’s unique approach and launch a global network of schools and organizations.

Mindful Community

Now in its fourth year, the Mindful Community project is supporting community members in their cultivation of mindfulness in daily life.

Scientific Learning

Now in its third year, this project is focused upon formally assessing a curriculum on the science of learning.

Creativity & Innovation

Imaginative pedagogy has long distinguished Andover’s academic excellence. To maintain a vibrant and cooperative intellectual community, we must formally implement this pursuit across the curriculum. We affirm a commitment to pedagogical and curricular innovation in which the analog and the digital complement each other. We will use novel and tailored methods to explore a dynamic course of study that introduces different points of view, provides the foundation for rigorous critical analysis, and encourages thoughtful problem-solving.

Goal: Implement new ideas in teaching and learning informed by the global dialogue on education.

Interdisciplinary Offerings

Astrobiology: Life Among the Stars

This course will embark on a journey to explore the field of astrobiology through the study of the origin, evolution, and distribution of life in the universe.

Mapping and Teaching the Haitian Revolution

Creating an interdisciplinary course on the Haitian Revolution and its Caribbean and American consequences.

Math and Art Collaboration

Students in this class will be using math to generate designs and structures that will function as the starting point in the creation of unique and expressive works of art.

Natural Causes: How Climate Wrote History

Through a series of case studies, this class will investigate how civilizations have been influenced by weather and climate change.

Project-Based Statistics

This is a community-based learning statistics course that will enable students to implement learned knowledge to work with communities.

Rethinking Learning

The Data-Driven Classroom

This project will nourish connections between computer science and other disciplines through helping interested faculty members add computing elements to their curriculum.

Online Etymology

This work will reimagine what Andover’s etymology course looks like and expand access to the course with hybrid and online models.

Promoting Mastery through Portfolio Assessment

This project will explore the possibility of implementing a portfolio-based approach to assessment in the math classroom.

Purpose and Proficiency in Spanish Curricula

The goal is to create a program of language study that puts student interests and needs at the center, while preparing them to interact in real situations in Spanish.

Mathematics Partnerships

Calculus: Continued Development of Course Materials

This project will build upon multiple to design, create, and gather resources related to teaching and learning Calculus through hybrid and online means.

Tang-SYA Collaboration: Hybrid Calculus

School Year Abroad (SYA) and Phillips Academy (PA) will continue to partner on implementing a yearlong, hybrid calculus course into the SYA Spain curriculum.

Technology Platforms

The Tang Institute will continue to support the development of two technology platforms that are enhancing mathematics instruction.