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List of 10 news stories.

  • Introducing Derryfield's Academic Vision

    Over the next two weeks, we will be sharing the Derryfield Academic Vision through three evening presentations for parents and families. We invite you to join us to share your thoughts and questions as we provide an overview of our faculty’s exciting commitment to redesign the student experience for the 21st century....
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  • Social Entrepreneurship in Action

    Question: What happens to 85% of clothing and shoes in the US?
    Answer: It ends up in landfills and is not recycled.
    Joe Whitten, founder and CEO of Manchester-based Apparel Impact is working to change this. On Tuesday February 13 Mr. Whitten visited Mr. Powell’s tenth grade Environmental Studies class and spoke to the students about how his for-profit company is focused on the triple bottom line of sustainability: People, Planet, and Prosperity....
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  • A Lead Mentor's Journey

    As I walked through the Milne Library at Derryfield the other day, a former student remarked, "Mrs. Whitmore, I thought you retired." Within a few minutes, I had explained to him that I had, in fact, retired as a middle school English teacher at Derryfield three years ago but had returned after only one day of retirement to mentor new teachers. The student seemed to understand when I said, "I couldn't stay away. This way I am able to support new teachers, connect with former colleagues, and see how students like you have grown...."
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  • A Look at Schedule

    Every August, my family of six creates our schedule for the year. With an ER doctor who works nights, weekends and holidays; two grown children in the working world; a senior looking at colleges; and a freshman who is passionate about travel soccer, this past year was especially challenging, as each person communicated, via text, facetime and conversation, a wish list and demands of work and school life. Over the years we have clarified what we value most: to compromise so that each person be supported in their personal path; to have dinner together as often as possible; and--the most challenging-- we find time for reunion. We aim to give time to what we value....
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  • Teaching Critical Thinking

    In a recent article from Inside Higher ED, Gloria Cordes Larson, President of Bentley College, states: “Critical thinking, complex problem solving, empathy, creativity and communication skills are all necessary in today’s work environment.”  This was quite gratifying to read, as these are precisely the “21st century skills” Derryfield teachers and administrators have been working on through our Years of Inquiry and Program Development.  Here are just a few examples of how these concepts are playing out in our students’ experience....
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  • Starting STEM X Early

    After completing a year of inquiry into 21st Century Skills, Derryfield will be offering a new opportunity for sixth graders to explore the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Derryfield’s approach to STEM is highly interdisciplinary and focused on solving for the unknown, or “X”, resulting in STEM X. The new middle school offering is an introductory course that gives students early exposure to the powerful blending of these traditional topics with an innovative approach....
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  • Launching the Year of Program Development

    This year launches the “Year of Program Development,” the second year in our four-year examination of the academic life at Derryfield. Our task, over these four years, is to research and implement an academic program and teaching practices that will help Derryfield students, grades 6-12, prepare for an ever changing world....
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  • Year [of Inquiry] in Review

    As Derryfield teachers and administrators come to the end of what we’ve called our Year of Inquiry into 21st Century Skills (which started with this summer read), we have arrived at a far richer understanding of how important the four Cs are to our students and the world they are entering upon graduation.  These Cs include: critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration, and more and more of our teachers are focusing explicitly on these skills in their daily classroom activities, projects, and assessments....
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  • From Inquiry to Action

    Since August, Derryfield teachers have engaged in our “Year of Inquiry.” Reading books, visiting other schools, researching sources on the web, attending virtual classes, participating in department sponsored workshops, and attending conferences, they have explored how we might better teach 21st Century Skills of creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and media literacy. In March, over two Professional Development days, they moved from research to action, developing lessons, units and assessments. Passionate and innovative, many have begun to implement new and great ideas in their classrooms....
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  • The Middle School Portrait

    Four years ago, the middle school faculty launched an evaluation of our program. We wanted to know what sets us apart, what we already do so well that is transformational, and what we would like to develop. That endeavor naturally led us the question: What should a Derryfield Middle Schooler know and be able to do after three years with us?...
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