From the East Coast to West Coast, to South America to South Africa, our students and staff engaged in high-quality learning opportunities this summer.
Thanks to High School Teacher Binni Chadda, two students participated in LearnServe Abroad, where they volunteered to support local communities with projects related to health, education, and economic development.
See a glimpse into rising Sophomore Nayelly’s experience in Paraguay through her blog post about day 4 of her trip, in which she made bricks for the Santa Rosalia community.
Learn about rising Senior Frank's trip to South Africa in his blog about day 8 of his trip, in which he worked with RLabs, a nonprofit that provides technology and skills training to community members. "That day really changed my perspective," reflected Frank. "It doesn’t matter where you come from – if you have the ability to make change into someone’s community you can have a huge impact on someone’s life forever."
Our teachers and administration also completed meaningful summer learning experiences.
In July, Middle School Principal Laina Cox participated in a 4-day EL Education Mentor School retreat in Utah to learn with other mentor school leaders and to help induct new leaders within the EL network. Laina left motivated to be "a transparent, vulnerable and open leader. Middle School is such a vulnerable time for our students," she reflected. "It’s important that we put ourselves in our students’ shoes and create the supportive environment they need."
Committed to pushing all students to reach new heights academically and socially, Principal Cox put this passion into practice during the trip – literally reaching new heights when she climbed a mountain with fellow mentor school leaders!
Director of Library Services and Technology Integration, Chip Chase, completed a rigorous program in Los Angeles to become a Certified Google for Education Innovator. Using this training, he plans to launch a new initiative, “Innovating for Equity,” to give teachers an easy platform to learn from one another and adopt innovative practices already happening at Capital City into their own classrooms.
6th Grade Science Teacher, Amanda Yeager, led a 2-day workshop for other Middle School teachers on Google Classroom and how to integrate Hapera, a platform to support personalized and blended learning. Teachers walked away with a series of tools to help them better target student need. These teachers have now launched their own Google Classroom pages to help track student learning and keep families engaged.
As part of our strategic plan’s focus on math achievement, Lower School Instructional Coach, Jessica Harrington, organized a Math Leadership Cadre this summer with teachers from each grade in the Lower School. Teachers learned about problem-based tasks, constructivism, and high quality assessments to create unit assessments and performance tasks for students. In the fall, the cadre will gather data around math instruction to develop targeted classroom-based professional development for all Lower School teachers.