By Kevin Yaley Nurturing our students’ creativity is an important part of the Francis Parker School mission. At Parker, instruction in the arts helps students develop qualities essential for success in college and beyond. By practicing performing and visual arts, our students learn the essential skills of flexible thinking, risk-taking and persistence. That’s why we [...]
By Kevin Yaley, Francis Parker School One of the major goals in Parker’s recently approved Strategic Plan is to inspire academic excellence through the design and development of a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Program. This STEAM Program will provide our students with opportunities to apply knowledge and skills acquired in content area [...]
By Kevin Yaley, Francis Parker School Last year, the government unveiled new nutritional standards in support of increased student health and wellness as recent studies reinforce the critical role nutrition plays in promoting better learning in students. The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Academic Success Through Healthy School Environments highlights the critical importance of improved nutrition and physical activity [...]
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Sustainability is an increasingly popular watchword in today’s society. From the environment to the economy, lawmakers and laymen alike are searching for ways to create lasting goods, services, programs and provisions for the future. When it comes to sustainability in education, I believe that educators have an unparalleled opportunity to foster and support enduring change for the greater good. Schools and universities have the crucial opportunity to foster responsibility and stewardship in our students. On the occasion of our centennial at Francis Parker School, it seems fitting to remember that, by teaching young people to act as citizens of the world, great educators can achieve the ultimate in sustainability – and ensure a better future by instilling the fundamental building blocks for an engaged and compassionate population.
In a previous column, I highlighted the importance of global education in our evolving society. Central to the aim of developing global citizens is a commitment to providing students with a comprehensive course of study in foreign language. Youth foreign language programs provide an invaluable source of cultural awareness, and instill in students a lifelong appreciation for other cultures within the context of a broader contemporary curriculum.