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  • The Learning Commons and MTC

    Emily McCarren
    Posted November 20, 2017

    When our school community envisions the type of learning that the Learning Commons will facilitate – engaging, meaningful, transdisciplinary and project-oriented – one of the first questions that emerges is: “That’s nice, but what about applying for colleges?” ...

  • A Recharging Station

    Rachel Breitweser ’03
    Posted November 17, 2017

    The Restorative Studio, located in the Learning Commons in Cooke Library, is just the place for students, faculty and staff to take in some rest and relaxation. Started as a prototype based on an articulated need for restorative and healing activities, the studio now hosts a regular schedule of sessions.

  • Rankings: A convenient but worthless shortcut to measure educational efficacy

    Emily McCarren
    Posted September 20, 2017

    Maria Furtado, the Executive Director of Colleges that Change Lives Consortium, led another inspiring session I went to at NACAC 2017. This nonprofit organization represents 44 small liberal arts colleges that are not highly selective, but, as it sounds, are wonderful places to grow and learn. Maria's strategies for talking students and families out of seeing college rankings as important were excellent.

  • Making Caring Common

    Emily McCarren
    Posted September 18, 2017

    Last Thursday I flew to Boston to attend two days of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) annual conference. This is a really interesting professional organization because it includes professionals both at the K – 12 level and the University level. Throughout the two days, I was greeted with warm kindness from dozens of people because of the strong relationships that our college counselors, led by Myron Arakawa, have developed over the years in service of our students. ...

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