Students & Employees

Goal

Friends Connects students and teachers. We will provide our students with a personalized and transformative education alongside a talented and diverse group of educators.

A Friends School education has always been characterized by transformational learning. In the years ahead, we will continue to be on the leading edge of the national and global conversation about the art and science of learning.

On-going research in brain-based learning, classroom practices, technology, and teaching methods will inform the daily work of teachers and students.  Time-honored Quaker principles such as mindfulness, reflection, and deep listening have created an enduring foundation onto which these findings can be added. Through the initiatives associated with Friends Connects, we will further personalize the learning experience of our students and adults, to give them the ability to pursue areas of particular passion, and to make learning relevant and meaningful every day.

As a part of  Friends Connects, we will take the necessary steps to create a desirable and compelling professional environment for highly skilled, curious, diverse, and innovative educators.

And, in order to provide our students and faculty with the richest possible environment for learning and growth, we will redouble our efforts to cultivate a campus community that is inclusive both in demographics and in mindset.

Initiatives:

Research and Design (R&D) Team Work

Enhanced Benefits: this group has been working to define the benefits provided by the school and to helop educate both current and prospective employees about these benefits.

School within a School: this group has been investigating more targeted ways to support students, and is examining various models in Baltimore and other Quaker Institutions

Personalized Education: this group is researching  and designing ways to personalize learning across all three divisions

Task Forces

Inspired Task Force: this group is working to build a culture of responsible dialogue on campus that will both model best practices for building and sustaining community, as well as prepare the School for fuller engagement in wider civic conversations.

Brain-Based Learning Task Force: this group is responsible for furthering the faculty’s knowledge and use of research-informed teaching practices based on what we know about how the brain works through professional development sessions and sharing resources.

Schedule Task Force: this group is responsible for facilitating the defining, prototyping, and testing that’s necessary for the creation of a whole school schedule.

Racial Awareness Task Force: this group is responsible for creating a program that will develop campus-wide understanding around foundational language and skill development around the identifier of race, as well as developing a racial equity lens that can be applied by faculty and students.

Sustainability: this group is responsible for producing a multi-year Sustainability Strategic Plan, contributing to the Campus Garden Plan, as well as building relationships across campus to increase awareness of the school’s sustainability practices.

Quaker Curriculum: The Quaker Principles Committee is guiding a process to design a comprehensive curriculum in Quakerism for the Friends School community.

Guiding Questions

  • How might we provide our students with a personalized and transformative education alongside a talented and diverse group of educators?
  • How can the emerging scientific discoveries on learning and the brain impact the work of teachers and students?
  • What steps will help Friends School to create a desirable and compelling professional environment for the highly skilled, curious, diverse, and innovative educators we need?
  • What role will Quaker principles such as mindfulness, reflection, and deep listening have in fostering powerful and enduring learning?

Co-Clerks

Victoria Lebron

Fifth Grade Teacher

Travis Henschen

History Teacher, Upper School

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National Association of Independent Schools
McKim Center
Hybrid Learning Consortium
Friends Council on Education
The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning
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