Through the We Are America Project, co-founded by Jessica Lander ’06 and her former students at Lowell High School in Massachusetts, young people around the United States are making history personal by telling their own stories of migration, family, community, loss, friendship, and belonging. Their voices are starting a national conversation about what it means to be American.
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In his latest film, a documentarian explores the enduring impact of the Harlem Children’s Zone.
This public health leader has devoted her career to improving the health of women and girls in some of the world’s poorest countries.
CA welcomed two new Wilcox Fellows for the 2020–21 academic year: Zora Vermilya in English and Shamime Shaw in the film program. Begun in 2000, this fellowship program identifies and nourishes talented teachers from groups underrepresented on independent school faculties. Fellows are mentored by a colleague, and they workshop pedagogy with both experienced and new faculty members. Half-time teaching loads allow fellows to put energy into developing expertise and skill in their fields and engagements across school life.
Robert Munro, Concord Academy’s new dean of academic program and equity, is tasked with envisioning how equity, sustainability, and social justice can be woven into the fabric of CA’s rigorous academics; building institutional capacity among leadership, faculty, and staff around diversity, equity, and inclusion; and inspiring a community already engaged in this work to delve deeper. Read this Q&A to learn how Munro is approaching his charge to help CA evolve in accordance with its mission.
In a typical spring, Concord Academy’s senior projects presentation is a brief, intense event, as seniors armed with poster board, models, and PowerPoint slides pack into the Ransome Room or SHAC atrium, ready to share with faculty and fellow students what they have learned about topics like sustainable eating or mass incarceration. In spring 2020, when school went remote, seniors had to adapt their presentations for an online audience. For some, that meant out-of-the-box thinking, and videos instead of posters. For others, it meant a process — and final product — even better than they originally imagined.
During Family Week in November 2020, CA Shared Highlights of Students’ and Teachers’ Ongoing Engagement
In its first virtual Family Week, Concord Academy welcomed parents connecting from near and far to experience a bit of what it’s like to be a CA student this year. Families joined classes, attended a Community and Equity Office presentation and a special Veterans Day program, and were treated to a presentation of some exceptional student performances — works in progress in music, dance, and theater.
Julia Hanlon ’10 and Alistair Wilson ’11 Collaborate on A Film to Benefit Young Athletes in Ethiopia
Julia Hanlon ’10 and Alistair Wilson ’11 collaborated on a film to benefit young athletes in Ethiopia, in partnership with the Girls Gotta Run Foundation. After festival screenings for their passion project were canceled because of the pandemic, they decided to release this short documentary online.
Kate Lauriat Saunders ’96 directs clinical nutrition for the two campuses of the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass.. As COVID-19 cases surged in the state this spring, she also assumed oversight of food services at the temporary field hospital set up in the city’s convention center. The pandemic has posed some unique challenges for making sure patients are getting the nutrition they need to recover from serious illness.