Proctor's mission statement serves as a guide in our quest to educate a diverse body of students for the 21st century. While mission statements do not vary much between schools, the manner in which a school goes about achieving its mission varies dramatically. Over the past five years, our faculty has collaborated to develop an outcome statement (The Profile of a Proctor Graduate) and a curriculum guide (Proctor’s Characteristics of Good Teaching) to further inform our educational model. These declarative statements serve as our mission in action, and provide a constant reminder of who we are and who we desire to be as we shape the collective experiences of our students in the classroom, in our advisories, on the athletic field, in the art studio, and in the dormitory.
August is nearly upon us, and that means whether we like it or not, there is only a month left of summer! While we are excited for students and faculty to return to campus for the 2016-2017 year, the change of pace on campus during the summer months is welcomed. Proctor hosts Gordon Research Conferences each year, welcoming more than 1,000 scientists from around the world (including two Nobel Prize winners) to weeklong sessions during which conferees share research, spend time in the outdoors, live in dormitories, and enjoy the fine dining prepared by Proctor's Dining Services team.
At Proctor, we care deeply about the relationship between the advisee and the advisor. We value the time we spend together each day in advisory, assembly, and at school events. Our advisory groups become safe havens where we talk about the issues on campus, the plans for the next trimester, or the upcoming dance. Sometimes we meet at the dining hall, at the Wise, or in a faculty home, and it is always good when there is food. Advisory provides a chance to slow down, have a conversation, or laugh together. For me, it is my favorite time of the day.
We have crossed the midpoint of summer break, and begin to shift our attention to the school year ahead. With a new year comes the opportunity to educate new parents (and returning) on how to help their child get the most out of their Proctor journey. We published a blog post on this same topic last summer (Being a Proctor Parent: Empowering Independence) but wanted to take another look at how parents can best support their son or daughter’s boarding school experience.
Last week we discussed the relationship between the concepts of nudge and mindfulness as framed by the Ted Radio Hour on NPR. Today, we look at a portion of that program, Reshma Saujani’s “Can Coding Help Girls Take Risks?” and its application to our students at Proctor. Take a few minutes to watch Saujani’s talk below before reading on.
Celebrating the 4th of July in Andover, New Hampshire should be added to your bucket list. The dawn 'til dusk celebration organized by a team of volunteers from the town is small town Americana epitomized. Andover's population swells from 2,000 more than four times that as visitors flock to to the town green for a flea market, musical performances, raffles, games, parade, and once the sun sets, fireworks over Carr Field!