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18 01, 2018

Note from Nancy: The Social Justice Data Fair | January 18, 2018

By |2018-12-17T11:32:05-06:00January 18th, 2018|Curriculum Connection, Parent News|0 Comments

Dear Parents,

We look forward to seeing many of you at our Middle School Social Justice Data Fair this Friday! The Social Justice Data Fair is a great example of how we integrate learning from across the curriculum into one comprehensive project driven by student interest.  

After students select a topic rooted in a social justice issue, they are then prompted to generate a research question that explores the issue. For example, students might explore gender equality, incarceration rates in different countries, healthcare, environmental rights, or any number of other topics that pique a genuine interest for our learners. Students spend a good deal of time researching the topic, crafting a thesis, and then presenting their findings and solutions using mathematical models learned in class.

Initially, students learn to compare and explore numbers using percentages, compare data from different sample sizes, and investigate the relative size of numbers using pie charts. Over the years, this learning grows into a more nuanced understanding of statistical correlations and applications using scatter plots and other more complex visual representations.

The work culminates in a synthesis of the students’ learning when our student researchers prepare and present proposed solutions for tackling the issue. It’s truly an incredible learning experience for our students, combining our commitment to issues that matter with specific, content-area application. It simply should not be missed. Come help us celebrate our students and their learning by joining us this Friday!

Best, 
Nancy

11 01, 2018

Note from Nancy | January 11, 2018

By |2018-12-17T11:32:06-06:00January 11th, 2018|Curriculum Connection, Parent News|0 Comments

Dear Parents,

Welcome back, and Happy New Year! 

We have had a wonderful start to our new year, with students and teachers diving into new learnings. Students in middle school are working fervently on completing their Social Justice Data Fair projects for their upcoming presentations, while third and fourth graders are steadily working on preparing their play for the Peace and Justice Assembly.

This year will also mark the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination. For many of us, this will be a time of reflection as we think about the implications of losing one of the greatest social justice activists our country has ever seen. For others, it will be a time of action, or perhaps some combination of both. In either case, I invite you to think about the words of Dr. King when he stated: “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” At Ancona, we take a position and we care about the fundamental dignity of every human being. We are an organization that will continue to challenge students academically and educate the whole child in the context of activism and care. 

For those of you thinking about how you might want to spend time with your children on this momentous day of commemoration, take some time to peruse the the options being presented by the National Civil Rights Museum. This link will take you to a wonderful symposium they are hosting called “Where Do We Go From Here”; the symposium is happening in April with tickets still available. 

We are off to a great start, and I look forward to a strong finish.

Warmly, 
Nancy