The 2019-20 school year is upon us, and a record 1289 students are settling back into their school lives. Many exciting additions to the school greeted our students on their first day — from facilities to learning experiences.
Upon our arrival back to campus, we welcomed the creation of the new Graded Greens, a leafy outdoor space adjacent to the Student Center. On Thursday, August 15, we held the Grand Opening of our reconceptualized Upper School Library. The newly completed Innovation Studio, a STEM space for Pre-primary to grade 2 students, opened last week. All these inspirational spaces were designed with learning in mind. Each one offers students new ways to connect and heighten their engagement with our curriculum.
To enhance student learning in these spaces, Graded has begun intensive faculty training in the Science of Learning. In partnership with the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University Teachers College and Dr. Kevin Mattingly, we are educating our teachers on the design and teaching of meta-learning strategies.
Equipped with these scientifically-based strategies, our students can apply the very best practices to ensure their learning is deep, enduring, and most importantly, transferable. This means the things they learn today can be retained, recalled, and later applied in new contexts. These are the skills global leaders of the future must have.
Please know I am at your disposal should you need anything. We are committed to making this year a most positive, fruitful, and powerful one for your students.
See you in the hallways,