Good schools invest in key ingredients that keep dynamic faculty and engaged students working in a culture that fosters a passion for learning. At Holy Child, comprehensive program funding for students and professional development opportunities for faculty are core priorities.
But what of the space where learning takes place?
Holy Child’s foundress, Cornelia Connelly, was an educational innovator who understood the cognitive development of young women. Recent research tells us that the space in which students learn has a significant influence on engagement and attitude about learning. Holy Child teachers attend workshops such as Teaching All Kinds of Minds: The Principals and Strategies of Neuroeducation and Learning and the Brain to strengthen their understanding of neuroscience and its implications for teaching and learning, thereby adapting their instruction to complement a student’s natural development. Classroom space should reflect the purpose of the learning. This is why Hold Child has engaged in a three-year initiative to innovate every classroom by fall of 2018.
Ten classrooms have been completed in 2015-2016, thanks to the pioneer donors who committed to this initiative. These new rooms have changed the classroom environment, teaching practice, and student learning experience for all teachers and students in those spaces. The flexibility and mobility of an innovated classroom allows for transition of physical space to meet the needs of the learning activities at hand.
CLASSROOMS ARE DESIGNED WITH INTENTION AND PURPOSE.
They serve students in each class, based on content area, and teaching pedagogy. How? Because teachers submit proposals and request specific designs for their particular space and discipline.
Join the pioneers and become a classroom innovator. Proposals for our next round of classrooms are in process: let us match your commitment to empower and educate our young women with the vision of one of our exceptional faculty.
Call or email Chief Advancement Officer Laura Volovski to discuss (301-365-0955, x 2123).