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campus news Convocation 2015

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READ MORE and hear the remarks at www.concordacademy.org/convocation-2015.

o begin Concord Academy’s 93rd academic year, George Larivee, a long-standing member of the mathematics faculty, addressed the entire school community as this year’s Convocation speaker. In describing CA’s ethos, he cited “a positive energy that fills the air,” playful and spirited, yet focused and engaged, which sets the school apart. “It’s welcoming and considerate. It’s optimistic and ambitious. When people talk glowingly about CA, it is this energy that they admire. It’s subtle, yet its power to shape all who dwell here is unmistakable. It is probably the most important thing you will take with you when you leave this place. And it is precisely what the rest of the world needs. While you’re here, soak up as much of it as you can, so that wherever you go, you can pass it on.”

Spring Session: New Short, Intensive Spring Courses

CON CORD AC A DEM Y M AG A ZINE FALL 2015

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hat new insights might studying immigration in Boston from a Spanish-speaking perspective yield? How will a two-day exploration of mindfulness carry over into the rest of the semester? What practical skills can students pick up from following our Operations crew for two days? This spring, Concord Academy students and teachers will find out during the first-ever Spring Session. Whereas some schools offer January Sessions, CA worked with faculty to identify a week of better weather, to allow

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for classes out in the field — in between cocurricular seasons, in order not to overlap with sports and other programming. According to John Drew, assistant head and academic dean, the new weeklong session will give students a chance to do interdisciplinary work or to “switch gears.” With topics ranging from finance to our criminal justice system, students will engage with teachers in in-depth discussions over two consecutive twoday sessions. These courses will be held both in the classroom and out in the field,

bringing CA students into the world beyond CA’s campus and CA’s curriculum. Drew said the Spring Session came about through constant exploration of new ways of teaching at CA. Interestingly, however, many have noted that the new session actually harkens back to a philosophy and current events class called Stuff (& Nonsense) originally taught by Elizabeth B. Hall.

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CA Magazine Fall 2015 Issue  

This special issue spotlights create + innovate: The Centennial Campaign for Concord Academy, including a campaign impact report and coverag...

CA Magazine Fall 2015 Issue  

This special issue spotlights create + innovate: The Centennial Campaign for Concord Academy, including a campaign impact report and coverag...

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