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State of the School: An Evening of Innovation and Inspiration

The Nashoba Brooks School community--parents, employees, and members of the Board of Trustees--gathered in Wallace Dining Commons on Thursday, January 18, for the annual State of the School meeting.
 
Led by Head of School Danielle Heard and President of the Board of Trustees Jason Robart P'09 facilitated the meeting. Danielle opened the meeting with a welcome, thoughts on the School’s strength, key metrics, innovation, and the “possibilities” ahead. “As an institution, we are always moving, always innovating, always improving.”
 
Danielle then invited several members of the community to reflect on dashboard data related to the current state of the School from their perspectives as employees, committee members, and leaders of strategic initiatives at Nashoba Brooks. Danielle highlighted the #Concord_Portal as one initiative that has broadened student perspectives and enhanced their learning experiences by connecting our community with sites around the world. Attendees had the opportunity to experience the Portal before the start of the meeting with a connection to San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
 
Danielle asked Director of Educational Technology and Innovation Hank Bryant; current parent and member of the Board of Trustees Investment Subcommittee A.J. Sohn; Maggie Barbuto, Director of Finance and Operations; Jane O’Connor, Assistant Director of the Lower School; Regina Nixon, Director of Admission; Nicole Chan, Director of Annual Giving; and Director of External Programs Kerry Stevens to share insights from the perspective of their roles. Highlights included key metrics: growth in endowment (113% over 10 years), increase in annual giving (47% over 10 years), and increase in applications for admission year-to-date (more than 100% over the last three years).

Following the employee presentations, Jason Robart noted the strength of the program at Nashoba Brooks as a reflection of the School’s dedication to its strategic directions. Jason introduced the Design Thinking experience. Participants engaged in a hands-on exercise to envision future opportunities for education and innovation at Nashoba Brooks School.
 
The evening illustrated the strength of the School today, the positive momentum of the community, and the foundation for the future of Nashoba Brooks.
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Nashoba Brooks School is a coed Lower School from Preschool to Grade 3 and an all-girls Middle School from Grades 4 to 8 located in Concord, Massachussetts.