The October 16 Parents’ Association (PA) meeting included a lively and informative panel discussion on transliteracy: its importance, definition, and integration into the classroom.
Moderated by Head of School Danielle Heard, the panel spoke about transliteracy from multiple vantage points. Panelists included Assistant Heads of School Regina Nixon and Jane O’Connor, Middle School science and homeroom teacher Kate Carson, Lower School art teacher Kara Angeloni-Williams, and Director of Educational Technology and Innovation Hank Bryant.
Danielle opened the meeting with reflections on the School’s recent visit from speaker Grant Lichtman. Given the reality of the rapid pace of change today, students will need to achieve fluency and flexibility with a variety of different skills to be prepared for the future in our rapidly changing world.
Teachers shared examples from the classroom to illustrate skills that are utilized across traditional disciplines.Kate Carson discussed students’ field observations as an example of such skills, noting that what “might make someone a phenomenal scientist can also make one a phenomenal artist.”
Kara Angeloni-Williams noted that students use of visual thinking strategies and communication skills in the art studio to help them connect with and build upon knowledge from other learning experiences and disciplines. Jane added that the concept of transliteracy creates opportunities for students to gain greater understanding and ability to articulate learning connections. “We often ask students to think and reflect upon the world. When we can see preschoolers take photographs of what they see in nature, it’s their way of communicating what they are seeing and thinking,” Jane stated.
Hank Bryant talked about transliteracy in terms of being both “fluent” and “adaptable” as the language of literacy changes. “There are more cell phones than human beings in the world,” he stated. “Fluency across platforms is a necessity in the world today.” In the classroom, students interact with technology in tangible ways—coding, engineering, robotics—to help students adapt to new technology while showing interconnectivity between math, science, and the arts.
Panelists tied the discussion to their thoughts and reflections on our summer reading, The Rise by Sarah Lewis. Regina Nixon talked about observations about mastery and the importance of resilience and a growth mindset in reaching goals. As stated in The Rise, ”Mastery is not merely a commitment to a goal, but a curved line, constant pursuit.”
Common threads of language emerged around the speakers’ comments. The importance of a student’s ability to adapt as well as having a growth mindset (“I’m not there yet, but I am developing…”) will help students build resilience and navigate the rapid pace of change for a future that is vastly less knowable than it has ever been before.
A Q&A session with audience members followed. We look forward to continuing our work and discussion around the important topic of transliteracy.
In October 2017, Nashoba Brooks Alum Meghan Spring (‘90) became the youngest appointed judge in Massachusetts after Governor Charlie Baker nominated her to serve as Associate Justice in the Middlesex Probate and Family Court.
Culminating their integrated classroom unit on nighttime, Kindergarten students and their families gathered at Nashoba Brooks School for Kindergarten Night Magic, a beloved decades-long School tradition and an important part of the Kindergarten curriculum.
by Meredith Gannon, Grade 4 homeroom and humanities teacher
In all aspects of our children’s lives, we want them to engage in new experiences. Our hope is that children will grasp new opportunities, build connections with peers and mentors, and diversify their skill sets. However, taking that first step is challenging.
Grade 2 students took a field trip to Gaining Ground in October. Gaining Ground is a non-profit organic farm in Concord that grows vegetables and fruit, with the help of community volunteers, for people in need.
Internationally recognized thought leader in K-12 education Grant Lichtman visited campus for the day to share his insights into today’s evolving K-12 landscape, addressing how parents and educators can support our students through change and innovation to best prepare for the future.
Grade 4 students visited the Google office in Cambridge on April 27. Led by Grade 4 teachers Laura Lande and Meredith Gannon and Science teacher Kelly Western, the excursion entailed meeting with a panel of Google software engineers working on Search, YouTube, Android, and corporate infrastructure.
It was an elegant evening of celebration for the Nashoba Brooks School community at the 2018 Spring Soirée: Champagne and Silhouettes on Saturday, April 28. More than 200 guests—including current and past parents, alumni, employees, member of the Board of Trustees and Board of Visitors—arrived in style to raise a glass to the many successes the School community enjoyed this year.
Thanks to the very generous support of a thoughtful donor, Nashoba Brooks School will be adding a fantastic new play structure to the Middle School outdoor space this spring. The climbing dome was designed specifically to promote and support inclusive engagement for students in Grades 4-8.
On Tuesday, April 3, Nashoba Brooks School hosted its annual Ellis Lecture with guest speaker Jerry Ward, Headmaster at The Fenn School. Jerry addressed School employees and recounted lessons learned during his long and distinguished career in education and two and a half decades at Fenn. His words shed light on the education of boys, the shared missions of both institutions, and the contributions of his wife Lorraine--his partner in life and at Fenn--who passed away last year.
On Saturday, February 24, Nashoba Brooks School joined members of The Robbins House to facilitate a powerful conversation with university students in the Rwandan group Resonate, an organization that strives to unlock the leadership potential of women and girls through confidence building workshops and storytelling.
Nashoba Brooks School welcomed current and prospective families as well as friends in the community for a festive roster of activities during Winter Weekend 2018: Friday, January 26 through Sunday, January 28.
Nashoba Brooks Middle School students participated in the the annual Collect and Sort for Cradles to Crayons at Nashoba Brooks School on Saturday, November 18. The event, organized and promoted by our fifth graders, was a huge success--and will provide needed items to more than 600 children in the Boson area.
On October 10, the School Safety committee welcomed current parents to a meeting on School Safety, which included a presentation by Michele Gay, Co-founder and Executive Director of Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative.
On Friday, June 2, Massachusetts State Representatives Kay Kahn and Cory Atkins joined with representatives from C-SPAN and Comcast in celebrating Nashoba Brooks' six winning teams in the 2017 Middle School C-SPAN StudentCam documentary competition.
Cathy Bass, Nashoba Brooks School’s Library and Transliteracy Integration Specialist, has been awarded a grant to participate in a National Endowment for Humanities workshop focusing on the artistic expressions of the Gullah.
C-SPAN has announced that Lauren Funk, Nashoba Brooks School’s Grades 7-8 Social Studies teacher and Grade 6-8 Team Leader, is one of 30 educators from across the nation selected to attend C-SPAN Classroom’s 2016 Educators’ Conference in Washington, DC, July 11-12, 2016.
Jake Davey, a Grade 3 teacher at Nashoba Brooks School, has been awarded a Klingenstein Summer Institute Fellowship for 2016. The Klingenstein Center is part of Teachers College at Columbia University.
The first of this year’s graduations was joyfully celebrated this morning when teachers, administrators, parents, relatives, and friends gathered to honor the 27 members of Nashoba Brooks School’s third grade.