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The Lower School is again observing Week of Code December 5-11, and this time, coding activities are more intertwined in curriculum so the spirit of the event will live on throughout the school year.
The crossroads of debate is a place where students come from all walks of life and leave in every direction, stopping to gain a set of skills to allow them to discover and master the next step. Ranking as one of the top in the nation, the Rowland Hall debate program has expanded its reach across curriculum and divisions.
The summer of 2016 marked the third successful year of placing rising seniors in career internships through Rowland Hall's internship program. The program places students in real workplaces, involves them in projects and research, and reinforces our mission to help students lead ethical and productive lives. In an essay, senior Alicia Lu reflects on interning in Dr. Michael Kay's Infectious Disease Drug Discovery and Development Lab.
Rowland Hall juniors identify and research a global, local, or internal issue they feel strongly about, then volunteer for an organization associated with their topic. Dubbed Project 11, this experience entails more than clocking service hours. Rowland Hall supports juniors with the resources to design and implement a solution to the problem they've chosen to explore.
Jan Chappuis, a nationally recognized education expert, led three separate professional development workshops on formative assessment, a research-based education strategy that in the past few years has solidified its place in the Rowland Hall vernacular. Fifth-grade teacher and Strategic Plan Implementation Committee Co-Chair Sarah Button has a simple definition for the term: "It means checking in with my students—where are they on this particular concept—and then that decides what I do next," she said, as opposed to advancing in a lesson plan before all students have grasped a concept.
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