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Inside 2Above the Bots’ Paygrade

38 A Positive Disruptor in

A Letter from Head of School Allison Gaines Pell (AGP) P’23, P’25

Life and Business Alumni Profiles: Cheryl Kiser ’68

4The Wheeler Q&A Head of the Hamilton School at Wheeler Bill McCarthy

8A Student-Centered (and Created) Universe Inside the XR Lab

16 A Life of Firsts in Service Alumni Profiles: Daphne Kapolka ’71

20 Noticing Ability, Developing Strengths, and Collaborating Around a Common Goal A Hands-On Program at the Hamilton School

24 A Healthy Approach to Collaborative Care Wheeler’s Health and Wellness Team Takes a Holistic View

40 The “DNA” Behind a Successful and Unprecedented Course Upper School Molecular Biology

44 Wheeler Athletics Now, Then, and Ahead

50 Building Community From the Ground Up Fostering Belonging and Community at the Nest

54 Unparalleled Performance Possibilities Joining Performing Arts Faculty for a Creative Journey

58 The Role(s) of a Lifetime Alumni Profiles: Jesse Yip ’08

30 From the Stage to the Studio

62 A Cleaner and

Students Bring One-Act Plays to the Airwaves

Greener Tomorrow Sustainability Across Wheeler

32 An Expansive Canvas

66 Curating With Curiosity

Exploring the Visual Arts at Wheeler

Visiting a 3rd-Grade Nature Museum


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From the Editor “Innovation” has become a buzz word that can mean a lot of different things to different people. In this issue of Now & Then, we look at what it means at Wheeler. As we found out when asking that question, it could be building immersive worlds, diving into molecular biology, or finding voice on stage–but students are always at the center. Guided by our fantastic faculty and staff, their sense of agency extends into the community around them, as students–and later alumni–take the initiative to ask meaningful questions connected to a range of disciplines and areas, from sustainability, to health, to the business world. In the stories that follow, we explore just some of the ways that Wheeler empowers students to drive their learning forward into their–and our–future.

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Jonathan Garris Assistant Director of Strategic Communications

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Find Us Online ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... Head of School Board of Trustees President ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... wheelerschool.org ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... Allison Gaines Pell P’23, P’25......................................................................................................................................................... Alisia St. Florian ’86 ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... Alumni Board President ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... Facebook ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... Office of Strategic Communications Peter Brown ’03 ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... facebook.com/wheelerschool ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... Max Pearlstein Parents Association President ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... Jonathan Garris Paige Roberts P’29, P’31 ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... Instagram ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... Olivia Rodrigues ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... @wheeleralumni ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... @wheelerschoolri ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... 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Alex Budnitz, Communications ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... Sametz Blackstone Associates The Wheeler School ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... 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As Hemingway famously noted in The Sun Also Rises, change ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... happens gradually, then suddenly. ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... I believe we’ve reached “suddenly.” At this moment, ChatGPT (and ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... the bots more generally) can do–in a tidy, easily usable manner–much ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... of what our society has organized education to do for students for over ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... 100 years. Of course, at Wheeler, we have never wanted to rid ourselves ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... of rigorous academic practice................................................................................................................................................................ For example, we maintain the requirement ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... to think deeply and practice the problem-solving inherent in mathematics ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... or needed to draft a critical essay. This helps students shape and ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... express their thinking, not to mention look for and authenticate sources ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... in their research, which is a skill more essential than ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ever. Now, we have reason to further amplify those ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... programs and opportunities for idea-generation, ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... creativity, collaboration, and the social-emotional ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... nature of learning. ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... Ours is an education without walls, as learning ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... takes place in natural classrooms, across our fair ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... city, and in the national and global realms as well. ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... We center exploration in our courses, so that science ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... labs, for example, look less like............................................................................................................................................................... step one through 10 ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... and more like a series of questions with a multitude ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... of answers. ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... We teach and promote the............................................................................................................................................................... types of human ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... relationships and creative connections that enable ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... the sorts of transformations that are above the ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... ......................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... ......................................... bots’ paygrade. 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Above the Bots’ Paygrade

engineering lab, expressive arts studio, nature-based or experiential programs, project-based inquiry, and digitally immersive storytelling. We recently joined several of these areas together under our Inquiry and Design Department that is cross-disciplinary and crossdivisional, engaging students from nursery through 12th grade. While the aforementioned experiences are regularly visible and likely expected, equally profound shifts are taking place in “traditional” subjects like science or history, where high-level thinking, discourse, and questioning are–and have been–the central goal of the courses. In this issue, we highlight some of the stories of Wheeler where students are idea-generators and creators, and where they inquire and pursue. It is as old as Mary C. Wheeler’s art studio or the more recently created (though longstanding) Aerie program, and as new as the microinnovations that are infused into our classrooms today. ChatGPT and its bot companions don’t represent the sun setting on these important experiences for our students–in fact, the sun is still rising on what’s possible here. Enjoy this issue and this peek into how our faculty and students are exploring those possibilities right now.

Head of School Allison Gaines Pell P’23, P’25 2

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The Wheeler Q&A Head of the Hamilton School at Wheeler Bill McCarthy

As he shared during our conversation in early January, Bill McCarthy’s first year as Head of the Hamilton School has been a busy one! He came to Wheeler from Packer Collegiate in New York, where he was ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 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Learning Support. We talked with him ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... about his career, what led him to Hamilton, ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... and what he’s focused on for the future. ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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Q: To start, could you share some background of learning curve continues to be a bit steep. That said, ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... your 20 years of experience in education and how I see every learning opportunity as a new adventure, ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... you have been settling into Wheeler in your first and I’m enjoying becoming familiar with our wonderful ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... year? What do your duties consist of? school. I hope for this feeling to continue for as long ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... A: I have worn a number of different professional as possible. I remind myself often that my number ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... hats throughout my career, and I feel all have one job at Hamilton and Wheeler is to do my best ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... prepared me well for my role at Wheeler and to create a welcoming and comfortable learning ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Hamilton. I began my career in NYC over two environment for children and adults that invites and ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... decades ago as a speech-language pathologist and ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... inspires all to be their best selves. ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... learning specialist and practiced for many years in ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... that capacity. I have worked with individuals of all Q: The Hamilton School serves as a model for ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ages in different educational and clinical settings, other schools around the nation that address ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... but I have spent the majority of my time working language-based learning differences. In what ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... with school-age children with learning differences. ways has Hamilton set itself apart from other ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... About 10 years ago, I returned to the classroom for institutions in terms of its approach to the ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... a second master’s degree in clinical social work, student experience and how to best address ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... and I apply the professional skills and techniques their learning differences? ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... I learned in this graduate training every day in my A: The Hamilton School is a true “school-within-a............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... work with students, faculty, and families. For the last school” educational model, and this serves as our most ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... decade, I have been an educational leader as an cherished feature. This model allows our students to ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... instructional coach, division head, and now, head of receive instruction and support in the ways we know ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... the Hamilton School at Wheeler. students with identified learning differences learn ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... This school year seems to be moving at lightning best while also allowing them to be immersed within ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... speed, and since this is my first at Wheeler, my the greater Wheeler community for most specialist ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 4 NOW & THEN SPRING 2023 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................


classes, free play, and lunch. In doing so, we are able to nurture the whole child in allowing our students to feel supported, celebrated, and appropriately challenged in many different developmental areas.

A: A natural extension to the types of instruction and support offered at the Hamilton School, the Polaris program allows for one small cohort of Upper School students with identified learning differences at each grade level to receive specialized instruction in their English and history classes. These courses cover the same content at each grade level as the other sections of these subject areas, however the curriculum is scaffolded so that students can better understand and retain what is being taught and experienced. Our dedicated Polaris faculty members teach all Polaris classes, serve as advisors to each section, and meet individually with each student in the program every cycle. The Polaris program is presently in the third school year of its current model and has been highly successful for our students and impactful on our Upper School program.

Q: What is your approach to building relationships with parents as partners in education, and how do those relationships contribute to the Hamilton School’s mission? A: Partnering closely with and supporting families are essential components of our educational model. Many of our students and families have had challenging experiences at previous schools, and we spend a great deal of time establishing trusting and caring relationships with families and encouraging families to be vulnerable and feel supported. Our mission statement at Hamilton includes the following: “Educating, Supporting, and Empowering Students with Learning Differences.” To make this possible, we Q: The Hamilton Institute hosted the inaugural consistently work to create and sustain healthy and session of its new Learning Differences Seminar productive partnerships with families. Each month, Series in late October, and hosted its fifth annual we host a Learning Differences Coffee for all Wheeler Learning Differences Conference this February. families, and this serves as a forum for families How do these types of initiatives benefit the to share their experiences and offer support and community and educators, both inside and ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... guidance to each other. outside of Wheeler? ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... A: Like the Polaris program, the Hamilton Institute ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Q: The Polaris program is a relatively recent for Public Outreach and Advocacy is also presently in ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... addition to the Hamilton School and Wheeler. the third year of its current model. While one of our ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... What makes its academic program and approach primary goals is to extend our outreach efforts beyond ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... unique for 9th-grade students, and how is it our school with a public purpose, we are equally ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... integrated into the Upper School experience? committed to deepening our influence and support ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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Partnering closely with and supporting families are essential components of our educational model.”


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We are engaged in conversations with local and national organizations about potential strategic partnerships and research opportunities.”

Bill McCarthy ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... of the Wheeler school community–past, present and support instruction and to serve as a resource ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... future. Our annual Learning Differences Conference and for intervention of specific skills. Our Hamilton ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... Seminar Series are free of charge to all members of our educational model provides direct instruction in a ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... Wheeler community and intentionally focus on current number of key areas to support the development of ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... research and practices related to learning differences, our students’ reading, writing, spelling, and math ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... attention variability, and executive functions. All school skills. Specific technology platforms have been woven ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... professionals are encouraged to attend as we all have into the curriculum to help differentiate instruction ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... an important role in appreciating different learning and to allow for children to apply their knowledge and ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... styles and supporting our students and families. express their ideas in different ways. 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In addition to these professional learning from 2nd through 8th grade, all Hamilton classes ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... opportunities, the Hamilton Institute offers have designated reading fluency blocks during the ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... educational consultation and professional connection week, and the Read Live program is used to enhance ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... opportunities to the greater Rhode Island and ......................................................................................................................................................... reading fluency, expression, and comprehension. ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... 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Presently, we are engaged in conversations of different platforms to code, design, and create ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... with local and national organizations about potential virtual stories. The Reflex Math, IXL, and Lexia Core ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... strategic partnerships and research opportunities. Through our growing network of educational, medical, and developmental practitioners, we will share best practices and cutting edge research with our colleagues in public, non-profit, and independent institutions.

programs allow for individualization to support specific skill areas. In addition to using technology to support instruction and for intervention, our Hamilton School students use technology to accommodate and assist their learning. Text-to-speech platforms, such as Google Read and Write, have proven to be highly Q: Over the past few years, we’ve seen Wheeler effective in developing and supporting students’ adopt emerging technology through our XR Lab, written expression. In Hamilton Middle School and the NuVuX Studio, our Molecular Biology program, the Polaris program, each student has a Speechify and other new tools and processes. What kinds account which allows text-to-voice capability for of technological resources have been adapted documents, online materials, and other resources. into Hamilton’s academic vision in recent Learning Ally has an extensive library of audible books, years? What is the decision-making process and our students practice reading along while listening for incorporating new digital avenues into the to stories. We are constantly assessing the efficacy Hamilton School’s curriculum? and the usefulness of our technology platforms, and A: The use of technology is thoughtfully and our teachers and technology professionals are at intentionally embedded within our curriculum to the center of all decision making regarding selecting 6

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and implementing products. Our ultimate goal is to provide our students with mindsets, skills, and tools to experience success, and we have found that the thoughtful and careful implementation of technology to support instruction and target specific skills compliments our primary instructional model well. Q: You succeed Jon Green P’03, P’06, P’11 as head of the Hamilton School following his retirement at the end of the last school year. He guided Hamilton for three decades, over much of the school’s history so far. What does it mean to you to succeed him in this important role, and at the same time, what are the challenges that come with following someone who served as head for such a long time? A: It is a great honor and privilege to succeed Jon, and his legacy and impact continue to be alive in many aspects of our program. I have every intention for this to be the case as we look toward the future of Hamilton. Throughout the transition and onboarding process, Jon and I developed a close connection to one another, and we share many similar values and beliefs when it comes to educating, supporting, and empowering students with learning differences. Above all else, we both agree that creating and sustaining healthy and productive relationships are at the core of what allows us to do our best work with students and families. Our students need to feel valued, appreciated, and

inspired, and this comes from the close connections that are established with our faculty, staff, and, of course, their peers. Jon’s incredible contribution to the Hamilton School is the long-lasting and transformative relationships he cultivated over his time at the school, and I see one of the biggest challenges (and most welcomed) as being able to continue to build on and deepen these relationships with current students and alumni in the years to come. I fully intend to ensure that positive relationships with students and families always remain at the top of our list as this is what makes the Hamilton School’s impact so profound. Q: What do you believe is in store for the future of the Hamilton School? A: The Hamilton School has established itself as an exceptional institution which has profoundly impacted the lives of the many students who have been part of the program over the last 34 years. In looking to the future, the Hamilton School must always remain committed to developing curious, motivated, and confident students who feel inspired to reach their full potential. By always keeping student success as our primary goal, the school will continue to build on the great legacy that the Hamilton School has created and deepen its influence on and support of the Wheeler community and beyond. The future possibilities and opportunities for the Hamilton School and Hamilton Institute are endless!

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It’s a common enough question, but chances are, you’ve never been asked it by someone like Grimpy, the round droid who is floating in front of you. Grimpy is the creation of a pair of Wheeler students: Griffin Imbier-Maher ’26 designed the character, and Jay Heller ’24 then made a 3D rendering of it. In fact, everything that surrounds you upon entering this apartment, set in a ................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................ ................................................................................................................................................................ ............................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................... futuristic version of downtown Providence, was dreamed ............................................................................................................................................................... .............................................................................................................................................................. .............................................................................................................................................................. .............................................................................................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................. up and brought to life by Wheeler students. Grimpy, the ............................................................................................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................. apartment, and the world you can see stretching outside ............................................................................................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................. of the apartment windows all inhabit “Project X,” the first ............................................................................................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................. experience being developed in Wheeler’s XR Lab. ............................................................................................................................................................. ..............................................................................................................................................................

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We use virtual, augmented, and alternate ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... reality. But we also use a lot of analog stuff too, like pen and paper.” ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... All of those mediums come together when you put on a virtual ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... reality headset and grasp controllers in both hands inside the XR ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... Lab’s homebase, located in an Angell Building classroom on Wheeler’s ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... Providence campus. The apartment immediately surrounds you, and ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... Grimpy soon appears to offer you that ............ beverage in greeting. ......................................................................................................................................................... ............ ......................................................................................................................................................... ............ ......................................................................................................................................................... ............ ......................................................................................................................................................... ............ ......................................................................................................................................................... ............ “Deciding what to drink is the 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......................................................................................................................................................... ............ ......................................................................................................................................................... you tap either one to make your ............ ......................................................................................................................................................... ............ .............................................................................................. ............ ............ ............ ............ selection. The droid then goes ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ into the kitchen to start making ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ it, and from there, you’re free to ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ walk around the space and interact ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ with it, ideally in any way you want. ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ Hopefully, the player feels like they ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ have a sense of autonomy going ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ through it. That was our goal: to ............ ............ ............ ............ ......................................................................................................................... ............ ......................................................................................................................... ............ tell the story, but to also give the ......................................................................................................................... ............ ......................................................................................................................... ............ ......................................................................................................................... ............ ......................................................................................................................... ............ ......................................................................................................................... ............ ......................................................................................................................... player some freedom within that ............ ......................................................................................................................... ............ ......................................................................................................................... ............ ......................................................................................................................... ............ ......................................................................................................................... ............ ......................................................................................................................... ............ environment as they work to solve ......................................................................................................................... ............ ......................................................................................................................... ............ ......................................................................................................................... ............ ......................................................................................................................... ............ ......................................................................................................................... ............ ......................................................................................................................... ............ the mystery we’ve presented.” ......................................................................................................................... ............ ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... Anna A o d 23 ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... This idea of open-ended exploration and creativity–both for the ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... player and the XR Lab’s student development team–is what first ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... caught the attention of Anna Alford ’23. “I was just very interested ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... in the freedom that it seemed I would have,” she says. “I co-host a ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... podcast (through WELH, Wheeler’s broadcast studio) about psychology, ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... The Big Brainers, and when we were talking about the possibility of the ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... XR Lab with Travis, the main thing that drew me in was our conversation ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... about what the storyline was going to be. We were talking about the ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... effects of the internet and how reliant we are on that, and I thought it ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... was interesting to talk about what the future may be regarding artificial ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... intelligence, and just what’s happening in this world. I also enjoy creating ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... things. I love making art, and I found that this could be a new way to ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... kind of explore that. It has been really interesting for me because I don’t ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... think of myself as someone who understands technology. But given ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... this environment that is very open and educational, I am now using ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... Unreal Engine–the platform we use to build a lot of the scenes–which is ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... something I wouldn’t have imagined for myself.” ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... 10 NOW & THEN SPR NG 2023 ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... .........................................................................................................................


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At the beginning of her experience.......................................................................................................................................... in the XR Lab, Anna drew on .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... something–literally–that is very familiar, when she sketched out her 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.......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... would be building together. “Very early.......................................................................................................................................... in this development, we were 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.......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... and we were talking about ways that we can put ourselves into the story,” .......................................................................................................................................... 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Anna says. “I was kind of designing the set, I was in my room, and I had .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... never been in virtual reality at this point. I used my room as a model .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... because I wanted to be able to draw that parallel so that when I was .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... working, I could feel that kind of connection to it.” .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... Before the students could begin that work—using equipment from .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... pens and paper to the aforementioned.......................................................................................................................................... Unreal Engine, a leading-edge .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... visual effects platform used to create .......................................................................................................................................... 3D environments like the .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... landscapes you see on the Star Wars .......................................................................................................................................... television series, The Mandalorian— .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... they needed to partner with Travis to pitch the idea for the lab. But in .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... order to get to the pitch, we need to go.......................................................................................................................................... a bit further back in time. “It 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.......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... always ask these questions about .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... the brain, and we would talk about .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... brain machine technology, the .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... technology of the future, and Ella .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... ended up raising money to get a .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... brain headset for the school” (a .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... story we shared in a previous issue .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................... 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From sound design, to interior design, to lore development and storytelling, this project has a “That really inspired me place for every student with a because I had been recently looking into research on exposure unique interest. The best part therapy with VR and brain machine interfaces,” Travis continues. “So, about working in the lab is that let’s say I’m afraid of snakes. With it allows students to learn what these tools, we can have you get close to a ‘snake,’ but when it’s they are specifically interested in learning while contributing to a larger project that is truly remarkable.”

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As fun as it is to work on the many projects we have going on, it is the people that make the lab such a positive experience…The wide variety of academic and cultural identities allows us to generate a lot of awesome ideas.”

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too much, we can pull back. I started thinking about how cool it would be if we had a whole lab with brain headsets and VR headsets, and at the time, I was working with two other Aerie Enrichment teachers, Alex Weeks and Joseph Centofanti ’17, on a game development class. We began developing a pitch, and we shared it with our game development students, some of whom joined us. With the help of Aerie Director Mark Harris (P’08, P’24), we gathered some key administrators together for the pitch, which included putting Head of School Allison Gaines Pell (P’23, P’25) in a VR experience. “That’s how we got started financially, thanks to the support of the Travis Dumais and Bodhi Becker ’25 school, as well as the Wheeler School Parents Association. WSPA caught wind of what we were doing, and while they appreciated the technology, they were more impressed by the proposed lab’s philosophy. As part ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... of ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... our pitch, we explained that VR and these other technologies can go ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... out..................................................................................................................................................................................................... of style, so what we really care about is collaborating to tell stories ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... in ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... a way that builds empathy, character development, intrigue, and ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... 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about the world.” ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... 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Back inside the XR Lab today, those threads of stories encompass ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... a large whiteboard in the middle of the room. There are plot ideas and ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... design notes for everything and everyone you can interact with as you ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... explore “Project X.” “There’s a lot of work that has to be done when it 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creating extended reality experiences,” says Bodhi Becker ’25. ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... “In ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... our virtual reality experience that takes place in Providence over 50 ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... years in the future, there are many people involved in many different 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the project. From sound design, to interior design, to lore ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... development and storytelling, this project has a place for every student ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... with a unique interest. The best part about working in the lab is that it ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... allows students to learn what they are specifically interested in learning ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... while contributing to a larger project that is truly remarkable.” ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... One of the many things Bodhi works on is sound design where ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... he..................................................................................................................................................................................................... is asking–and answering–questions like what the streetscape of ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... Providence would sound like in the future, or what a personal assistant ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... robot that flies around an apartment would sound like. “Sound design ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... 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that make the experience feel more immersive,” he says. “I also ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... work on helping to develop a rich storyline that details the development ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... of ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... Providence leading up to the time period in which the VR experience ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... is set. We want viewers to be able to interact with elements of the ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... experience in ways that feel real. Having an extensive storyline allows ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... the..................................................................................................................................................................................................... experience to feel more real because we can incorporate different ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... .....................................................................................................................................................................................................

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aspects of the story into objects around the room and things you encounter. The viewer will not be presented with all the events leading up to the time period they are placed in, so they will have to piece this information together through the world they experience around them.” That world and the stories that fill it are constructed around lore, which is essentially a foundational set of background events, knowledge, and traditions that help players understand the context of the environment they’re experiencing. Kavya Viswanathan ’26 is one of the students who has helped develop that lore, as well as numerous stories that play out over the timeline of “Project X.” “Some of the best parts of the XR Lab are the stories we are writing–they all have a lot of depth and can teach people about the world we live in now,” Kavya says. “Another great part is the people. Working with Travis is great. He’s an awesome teacher who always makes students feel heard and treats them as equals in the project. Working with everyone in the XR lab is amazing–everyone is dedicated and good at what ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. they do.” ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. Another Upper School student, Owen Matheson ’23, agrees. “As fun ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. as it is to work on the many projects we have going on, it is the people ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. that make the lab such a positive experience,” he says. “Somehow, ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. we manage to be both tightly knit and incredibly welcoming. The wide ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. variety of academic and cultural identities allows us to generate a lot of ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. awesome ideas.” ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. Those ideas exist well beyond “Project X” and Upper School. “The VR ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. Lab is so much more than the technology in it,” Owen says. When planning ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. the lab, we wanted it to connect students from all different disciplines. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. School is siloed by subject and students by interests; we designed the XR ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. lab to squish all those things together into a collaborative makerspace ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. with kids from all kinds of communities at Wheeler. I was also really ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. excited to host VR lessons with Lower and Middle Schoolers. Some of my ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. main work right now involves bringing VR to Ms. Abodeely’s Lower School ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. science classes. Every few weeks, I bring the headsets in and the students ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. take turns exploring. After Winter Break, the 4th-graders will explore rock ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. formations around the world and the 5th-graders will journey into space on ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. Apollo 11. I love seeing the kids become fully immersed in their alternate ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. world, with the rest of the class cheering them on.” ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. There is a lot of cheering one another on–and respectively critiquing ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. each other’s ideas–as the students and Travis collaborate in the XR ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. Lab. They’ve already built a great deal together, but their shared stories ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. are just getting started. “While this is a universe that I started to make ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. with some of my closest students last year, my hope is that within the 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the younger students will understand how ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. building a universe works, and maybe there will be a sort of specific ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. set of ideas that lead to parallel trajectories,” he says. “Right now we’re 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................................................................................................................................................................................................. working on the sci-fi thing, but maybe we’re also doing a pirate series ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. or something like that in the future. And then students can contribute ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. to these worlds and feel like they’re a part of something bigger than ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. themselves that will last beyond when they leave. For instance, Miles ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. Pell (’23). He’s working on a lot of the characters and what they look like. ................................................................................................................................................................................................. .................................................................................................................................................................................................

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A STUDENT-CENTERED (AND CREATED) UNIVERSE ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... He’s going to be gone next year–he’s a senior. But those characters that ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... he’s working on, maybe they will be in a story when he’s no longer here. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... That’s what I mean by building a universe. We’re co-creating a narrative ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... that’s really wide-ranging and can be told in many different ways.” ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... For Anna Alford, being able to tell that narrative in different ways, and ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... through many different voices, has been empowering. “I have dyslexia, ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... so this is very relevant for me because I haven’t felt like my strength has 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................................................................................................................................................................................................................... always been in the classroom for things,” she says. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... “In the way that school is kind of structured where ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 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................................................................................................................................................................................................................... there’s a right and there’s a wrong, and we’re kind ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... of told there’s a right and there’s a wrong from a very ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 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................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... to ask questions or even risk being wrong. But within ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... this culture and this community, I’ve gotten to the ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... point where I don’t feel any insecurity about asking ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... questions. I’m able to be with students who are in 3rd ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... grade, and I might have asked them a question about ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... some fashion design they want to do, or there’s a ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 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................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6th-grader that’s very good at using this software where ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... you basically create 3D objects. It’s just very interesting ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... to be able to learn from them, and then obviously they ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... learn from me in some ways. I’ve learned to work with ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... other people, be a leader, know when to assert myself, ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... and know when not to, and I think that everyone has ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Anna Alford ’23 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... gotten a chance to be the teacher and be the learner, ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... and there’s just something so great about that. This ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... peer learning is what’s actually beneficial for the ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... real world, and if we’re able to collaborate to make ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 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................................................................................................................................................................................................................... something, that’s really amazing.” ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 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…I think that everyone has gotten a chance to be the teacher and be the learner, and there’s just something so great about that.”

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................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... but fee a ot of hum ty too ” she says “Much o e mode s When she was a k d Daphne s a he ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 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ALUMN PROF LES

A Life of Firsts in Service

As Dr. Daphne (Greene) Kapolka ’71 reflects on her life and accomplishments in the U.S. Navy, she is reminded of a quote by Shakespeare: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”

Daphne s ach evemen s n he Navy and a he Nava Pos g adua e Schoo NPS n Mon e ey Ca o n a whe e she e ed n June 2018 as a sen o ec u e o Phys cs nc ude a numbe o fi s s She was among he fi s ema e an subma ne wa a e o fice s o se ve on comba an vesse s he fi s woman o ob a n a Ph D n App ed Phys cs a NPS and he fi s ema e acu y membe n he schoo s Phys cs Depa men Jo n ng he Navy wasn some h ng she had p anned a e eav ng The Whee e Schoo hough he am y ee s do ed w h m a y expe ence he e and he e–he g and a he se ved du ng Wo d Wa he a he se ved n Wo d Wa and he s ep a he e ed om he Navy 16

ou o wa e n he pub c h gh schoo G s we e s expec ed o o ow a y ad ona pa hs he e Fo examp e she eca s ha he gu dance counse o s on y ca ee ecommenda on based on an ap ude es was ha o n e o deco a o “ h nk he ma n d e ence be ween Whee e and o he schoo s was he qua y o he eache s and s uden s ” she says “When came o Whee e was ke n gh and day We we e encou aged by eve yone o do wha eve ou pass on was d dn ma e was some h ng ha g s d d o d dn do ad ona y ” A he me Whee e was an a g s schoo and Daphne a bu es much o he se confidence and NOW & THEN SPR NG 2023


I think the main difference between Wheeler and other schools was the quality of the teachers and students. When I came to Wheeler, it was like night and day.” Dr. Daphne (Greene) Kapolka ’71

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............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... independence she developed there to the fact that school Chemistry and Physics before having her ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 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Ultimately, it was Daphne’s time ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... molds. “It seems ironic, but I’m absolutely convinced in Poland that inspired her to join the military. “We ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 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............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... that attending an all-girls high school made it much heard first-hand accounts of what it was like to be ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... easier for me to succeed in male-dominated fields,” invaded by both Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... she reflects. and we saw the impact of living under enforced 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McCarthy, communist rule,” she explains. ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Daphne quickly discovered her passion for So when she needed to go back to work, she ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... science. She recalls that his approach emphasized opted to join Officer Candidate School and ob a n a ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... understanding over simple memorization. Her interest comm ss on n he Navy Tak ng ha pa h as a woman ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... in science grew even further when she took another came w h s own cha enges ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Wheeler science class–this time it was Chemistry As she began he Navy ca ee Daphne was ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... with Teacher Mickey Wright. “After having taught s a oned a he Nava Academy P epa a o y Schoo ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Chemistry myself now for several years, I can really appreciate the quality and level of Ms. Wright’s teaching!” she says. Even French Teacher Edith Erlenmeyer encouraged her love of science when she gave students the opportunity to write a report on a book of their choosing. Daphne selected a biography of Madame Curie. After graduating from Wheeler, she briefly attended the University of Rhode Island and studied Chemistry there, before transferring to St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, where she met her husband. They subsequently moved to Poland, where she studied Polish for a year, before they returned to the United States and Daphne attended the University of Chicago. After obtaining a master’s degree in the History of Science, she taught high 18

n Newpo Rhode s and each ng Chem s y and Phys cs “ n 1983 he e we e s qu e a ew Nava Academy g adua es who a ended be o e women we e adm ed ” Daphne says “Eve y so o en you an n o someone who d dn seem o know how o speak w h a woman ” she says w h a augh n 1989 o ow ng a ou n De o as a ec u e she moved o Mon e ey Ca o n a w h he husband and h ee ch d en o s udy Eng nee ng Acous cs a he Nava Pos g adua e Schoo A e g adua ng n 1992 she was s a oned on a ga e homepo ed on S a en s and New Yo k The 30 men n he An Subma ne Wa a e d v s on had neve had women se v ng on he sh ps–neve m nd hav ng one n cha ge o hem So he e we e some n e es ng cha enges and ad us men s o be made NOW & THEN SPR NG 2023


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A LIFE OF FIRSTS IN SERVICE ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. a woman in the department,” she says. “It took one .............................After her sea tour, Daphne returned to NPS and ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. obtained her Ph.D. in Applied Physics before moving very direct closed-door session for me to explain why ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. to San Diego to work in the Integrated Undersea this attitude had to change,” she adds. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. Surveillance program. “Changing jobs every few years Daphne would spend almost two decades at NPS, ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. is both an advantage and disadvantage,” she points receiving recognition including a Superior Civilian ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. out. “There are many opportunities for growth, but it’s Service Award and the Schiefflin Award for Excellence ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. hard on a family.” At this point in her career, her two in Teaching, before retiring several years ago. Today, ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. older children were in college, and the youngest was Daphne says she is “having a blast” and still keeping ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. nine. To enable her husband to keep his job, Daphne in touch with her Wheeler classmates. While she was ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. made the difficult decision to move to San Diego unable to join their 50th reunion celebration in person ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. alone and fly back on weekends. last spring, she recorded a tribute video so she could ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. Luckily, she was able to get stationed back in be part of the experience virtually. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. Monterey in 2000 as a Military Instructor in the Physics Although she was initially apprehensive about ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. Department. She retired from the military in 2003 and retiring, Daphne welcomes the extra time. “I was ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. was hired as a civilian instructor the next day. petrified of it, but when I finally decided to retire I ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. Over the years, Daphne saw a growing acceptance realized I could do anything I want. All the interests ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. of women in the military. In fact, she contends that I had from back in my Wheeler days are related to ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. the worst of the prejudice she experienced came things I wanted to continue pursuing, like art and ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. from civilian colleagues. “Some of the older faculty French. Add on to that plenty of books to read and ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. members just couldn’t come to terms with the idea of plenty of gardening!” ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. ............................. 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Some of the older faculty members just couldn’t come to terms with the idea of a woman in the department. It took one very direct closed-door session for me to explain why this attitude had to change.”


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In Hamilton Teacher Beau Poppen-Abajian’s have accumulated an enormous amount of money ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... 7th-grade class, students are participating within that single minute. ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... in a somewhat unorthodox lesson about the This scenario offers students a truly “hands-on” ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... entrepreneurial method. On this day, they find approach to learning about negotiation, which is an ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... themselves standing and facing each other, as important tool both in life and in one of their current ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... they prepare for a few friendly rounds of arm ....................................................................................................................................................... projects in the classroom. The 7th-graders are studying ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... wrestling. But this won’t be a battle of physical entrepreneurship through NoticeAbility, a curriculum ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... strength; rather, it will serve as an important framework created by a nonprofit of the same name ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... lesson in developing other kinds of strengths, that aims to enrich the academic performance of ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... namely in communication and negotiation. students with dyslexia. The courses invite students ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... The guidelines are simple: each pair of students to take part in project-based exercises that also help ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... will arm wrestle as many rounds as possible within highlight professional fields, like entrepreneurship ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... one minute. Every time a student wins, they are and engineering, that can work to the strengths of ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... awarded an imaginary $1 million. Presumably, each dyslexics. Mr. Poppen-Abajian explains that those with ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... person wants to get the most amount of money dyslexia and other neurodivergent individuals have ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... possible. After the minute ends, the pair of students certain strengths in MIND—material, interconnected, ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... will tally their wins and see how much money they narrative, and dynamic reasoning. ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... won individually and as a partnership. “For example, in terms of entrepreneurship, this is ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... Once this final step is complete, Mr. Poppenbeing able to see the big picture (dynamic reasoning) ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... Abajian asks an important question: how could they and make a connection between a problem and ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... have negotiated in order to get the maximum amount potential solution (interconnected reasoning),” Mr. ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... of money for themselves or their partnership? Poppen-Abajian explains. “It also applies to having ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... Some students have already figured it out. They strengths in visualizing and putting together what the ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... needed to let one another win. If both partners solution might look like (material reasoning), and then ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... negotiated a back-and-forth arrangement, they could selling it in a coherent, persuasive story (narrative).” ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... 20 NOW & THEN SPRING 2023 ....................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................................................

Noticing Ability, Developing Strengths, and Collaborating Around a Common Goal


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Wheeler was an early adopter of the framework, Students progress through each step of the design ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... which is in use around the world by institutions like process, from researching problems in their daily lives, ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... the Hamilton School,....................................................................................................................................................................... which focuses on students with to brainstorming solutions, designing a product, and ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... language-based learning differences. “The heart finally launching it. As the year comes to a close, Mr. ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... 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....................................................................................................................................................................... strengths when, so often in education, programs are Tank-like presentation, with families and members of ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... 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....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... organization, and attention,” Mr. Poppen-Abajian says. “We refer to it as more of a fishbowl,” Mr. Poppen....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... 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His class is currently utilizing the “Entrepreneurs Abajian jokes. “There’s a little less pressure!” ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... and Innovators” curriculum, where students work in ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... teams to create a new product to solve an everyday ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... problem. It’s a fitting ....................................................................................................................................................................... unit, especially given how ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... well represented dyslexics are in entrepreneurship. ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... 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Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... dyslexia affects 20% of the U.S. population, and a report ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... by Julie Logan, emeritus professor of entrepreneurship ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... at Bayes Business School at City, University of London, ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... found that approximately 35% of entrepreneurs in the ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... 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Some classes start with a video by Dean ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... Bragonier, NoticeAbility’s founder (and a Hamilton ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... Life Achievement Award recipient), but educators like ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... Mr. Poppen-Abajian can adapt the framework for their ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... specific class. A common thread through all of the ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... lessons is a sense of....................................................................................................................................................................... collaborative learning. ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... “It’s really about letting the kids figure it out on ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... their own,” he says. “It can be hard to kind of step ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... back and let kids make some mistakes. There’s a bit ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... ....................................................................................................................................................................... of trial and error on all fronts, and that’s OK.” 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It’s really about letting the kids figure it out on their own. It can be hard to kind of step back and let kids make some mistakes. There’s a bit of trial and error on all fronts, and that’s OK.”

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NOW & THEN SPRING 2023


A few days after Mr. PoppenAbajian’s class finishes their arm wrestling exercise, Hamilton Teacher Peter Kim’s 8th-grade students sit down at West Side Diner in Providence with curious minds and empty stomachs. It’s an important day for them, but not simply because this is one of their last gatherings before the Winter Break. As students enjoy their meals, they pay close attention to the sights and sounds of the restaurant. They note various details like the decor, menu designs, serving styles, and other aspects of their customer experience. This information will be put to good use in the spring, when they will create their own pop-up restaurant in Hale Family Assembly Hall for the Wheeler community. Like Mr. Poppen-Abajian’s class, they’re working on the project within the NoticeAbility framework. To ensure continuity with the 7th-grade class, there is still a focus on entrepreneurship and applicable skills. “For our first project, we ran a Halloween haunted house in our classroom, and it was open to Wheeler and Hamilton Lower School students,” Mr. Kim says. Students designed and ran the haunted house from the ground up, with each one carrying out a specific job—from running a face-painting table, to helping with pumpkin drawing and decorating the room—as they learned the importance of delegating roles and responsibilities among a group working toward a common goal. Mr. Kim got the idea of starting an in-unit restaurant from his own experience in the restaurant industry years ago when he worked as a bookkeeper for No. 7 Restaurant in Brooklyn, New York. He also taught cooking classes at Culinary Artistas, a culinary school in San Francisco. In getting their establishment off the ground, his students will soon divide into planning committees to run both the front-of-house and back-of-house. They’ll have to think about every aspect of the restaurant, including the decor and even the background music. Mr. Kim has his own list of what they’ll need to take into account, but he’s

........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ............. ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... encouraging his students to........................................................... come up with their own ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ideas and proposals. ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... “If the chef designs the ........................................................... menu, then the front-of........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... house team is going to have........................................................... to graphically design it,” ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... Mr. Kim says. “They’ll have ........................................................... to do the advertising and ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... marketing around it, while the back-of-house team will ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... do things like test the menu........................................................... and buy materials like ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... plates and cups.” ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... When it comes to assigning roles and ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... responsibilities, students will also experience the ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... hiring process. Thanks to the adaptability of the ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... NoticeAbility framework, Mr............................................................ Kim has tied that piece ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... of the process into other subjects for his 8th-graders, ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... like English class. ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... “Students are making a........................................................... website portfolio, resume, ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... and cover letter,” Mr. Kim said. “They have to apply for ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... the job that they’re interested in, and then we work ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... on the interviewing process.” Students will also gain ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... an understanding of professional email etiquette and ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... formatting as they invite Wheeler’s faculty and staff to ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... do things like make reservations at the restaurant. ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... “I think of it as a way to........................................................... focus on those ‘soft’ ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... skills that we value like teamwork, collaboration, ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... and communication,” Mr. Kim says. “Everyone has ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... different roles that are all working toward a similar ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... goal, and just because they’re different, they’re not ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... necessarily unequal. They all have a vital role.” ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... Mr. Kim notes that his students will discuss their ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... roles and showcase the many skills they developed ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... through the restaurant project in a presentation for the ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... Wheeler and Hamilton community later in the year. ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... ........................................................... WHEELERSCHOOL.ORG ........................................................... ........................................................... ...........................................................

Cooking Up New Ideas

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