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“Educating to Rebuild the American Dream”: Van Jones Speaks at Second Critical Conversations Event

“It was like they were trying to kill hope in America the year I was born,” CNN host, political commentator, and author Van Jones said at the start of a discussion through the Critical Conversations speaker series on January 20. Jones, who was born in 1968, the same...

Through CA’s 2022 MLK Day Program, CA Students Engage Through a Lens of Joy and Healing

“How do we begin the hard work of self-reflection and opening our hearts to others we’ve been taught to fear?” Director of Community and Equity Grant Hightower posed this question during his opening remarks at CA’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Monday, January 17. Throughout the day set aside for talks, group activities, and interactive workshops, students selected from a wide variety of opportunities to engage in learning and reflection—many of them led by Concord Academy students as well as faculty.

Environmental Symposium: Ben Stumpf ’88 Encourages All to Bring Their Strengths to the Climate Justice Movement

Gretchen Roorbach, CA science teacher and organizer of the Environmental Symposium, introduced the third and final speaker in the lecture series as one of her environmental role models. Her colleague Ben Stumpf ’88 has been teaching computer science, film, and graphic design at Concord Academy for nearly 20 years and has been involved with the climate movement for almost as long.

The Utopias Expo: CA History Class Explores American Utopian Movements in an Interactive Community Event

On December 2, students in Kim Frederick’s American Utopias history course transformed the SHAC atrium into an expo for 19th-century utopian communities. Drawing on extensive historical research and honing their presentation skills, they engaged a large audience during this immersive event.

Rethinking Call-Out Culture: Loretta J. Ross Speaks to Schools across the U.S. through New Roads Critical Conversations Series

In her work as an activist and teacher, Loretta J. Ross says she leads with “grace, love, and respect” as opposed to “blame, shame, and punishment.” She believes in the power of accountability though calling others in rather than calling them out.

Environmental Symposium: Wen Stephenson

In 2010, independent journalist Wen Stephenson wrote his first long personal essay about climate change and activism. “Walking Home from Walden” gave him a form to wrestle with his awakening to the climate crisis with help from 19th century transcendentalist writer Henry David Thoreau.

2021 Joan Shaw Herman Award Recipient Dr. Leslie Davidson ’66 Speaks About Service and Public Health with CA Students

Throughout her professional and academic career, physician Leslie Davidson ’66 has focused on meeting communities’ needs. “You have to be linked to the population of the community you are serving,” Davison said during a talk she gave at Concord Academy on November 12.

From Calculators to Cryptocurrency: New Course Allows Students to Explore Real-World Applications of Mathematics

When designing the new course Discrete Mathematics, George Larivee wanted to cover topics outside the scope of the existing math curriculum at CA. He asked himself what both he and students would be interested in, and electronics quickly came to mind. He decided that this topic would kick off his course focused on applied mathematics.

CA Board of Trustees Appoints Henry Fairfax as Concord Academy’s 11th Head of School, Effective July 1, 2022

CA Board of Trustees Appoints Henry Fairfax as Concord Academy’s 11th Head of School, Effective July 1, 2022“It is with great joy that we welcome Henry Fairfax to be CA’s next Head of School,” shares Board President Fay Shutzer ’65. “Henry’s personal values,...

Ashton Mota ’23 Speaks at the White House

Ashton Mota ’23 had the opportunity of a lifetime this summer. Through the GenderCool Project, he spoke at the White House, alongside President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, in honor of Pride Month.

Through CA’s 2022 MLK Day Program, CA Students Engage Through a Lens of Joy and Healing

“How do we begin the hard work of self-reflection and opening our hearts to others we’ve been taught to fear?” Director of Community and Equity Grant Hightower posed this question during his opening remarks at CA’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Monday, January 17. Throughout the day set aside for talks, group activities, and interactive workshops, students selected from a wide variety of opportunities to engage in learning and reflection—many of them led by Concord Academy students as well as faculty.

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Music Meets Science

Musical Instrument Design is cross-listed in the Performing Arts Department and the Science Department and is co-taught by Tucker and physics teacher Max Hall, providing an opportunity for interdisciplinary engagement.

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Extending Grace

For Grant Hightower, director of community and equity at Concord Academy, common trust is
indispensable to striving for equity.

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9th Grade Essential Questions

How do you learn? What are you learning about yourself? What are you learning in community? Introduced during CA’s orientation for new students, these essential questions are part of a framework that is helping 9th graders learn the skills they need to flourish at Concord Academy.

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50 Years of Coeducation

As Concord Academy nears its 100th birthday, now proudly inclusive of all genders, the school also marks half a century as a coed institution. In an excerpt from a forthcoming book commemorating CA’s Centennial, former faculty member and dean Lucille Stott reflects on this pivotal time in the school’s history.

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On Leadership and Transformation: Meet CA’s Incoming Head of School Henry Fairfax

Henry Fairfax will usher in Concord Academy’s second century as our 11th head of school. The more this mission-driven leader learned about CA during the head of school search process, the more he felt in alignment with CA’s mission and realized his own journey had uniquely positioned him to lead Concord Academy. “Our work in education is to be transformational, not transactional,” Fairfax says.

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For the Love of Water

CA alumnae/i are fighting to protect an indispensable natural resource and are appreciating it in new ways. An environmental hydrogeologist, Alex Pugh ’95 has been monitoring water and working to mitigate contaminants in Maine for decades. Kate Hudson ’66 has dedicated her nearly 40-year career in environmental law to defending U.S. waterways. Elena Berg ’91 teaches environmental science at the American University of Paris. To better understand the bottled water industry and sustainability, she trained as a water sommelier.

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Fall 2021 Athletics Season Recap

Congratulations to Concord Academy’s fall teams! After being sidelined from competing in fall of 2020 due to the pandemic, CA athletes roared back to the playing fields to enjoy another successful fall season capped off with a 5th consecutive Chandler Bowl victory.

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