News from Andover's Institute for Connected Learning

Dear Friend,

Greetings from the Tang Institute! We hope you’re enjoying the start of spring, as we are here at Phillips Academy.

At the Institute, creative ideas are infusing our campus with a special energy. We kicked off the year by working with students to host a lively TEDx Youth conference. In response to the student-generated question of “What is our generation’s mission statement?” presenters shared perspectives on climate change, artificial intelligence, black activism on Twitter, and more. We also hosted executives from GE Ventures for an E@PA session on “intra-preneurship and entrepreneurship.”

Faculty continue to draw students into exciting learning ventures as well. A cluster of fellows' projects is empowering students to act as agents of change in their own learning; among them is one on sports psychology, which we highlight in this issue. Faculty are also seeding pilots and courses through Hybrid@Andover, including several that will launch this summer.

Faculty-led design and development of Learning in the World (LITW) have continued apace, with students traveling to Iceland, Mexico, and Morocco this spring break and to more locations this summer. During a recent news interview, our Learning in the World Director, Carmen Muñoz-Fernandez, captured the essence of our LITW programming, which is designed to help our “students to be the best global citizens they can be.”

We hope you enjoy these stories and more and get a glimpse into ideas that are growing here.

Caroline Nolan, Currie Family Director



Recently thirteen students gave TEDx talks at PA that centered on the theme: “What is our generation’s mission statement?” A crowd gathered in Tang Theatre to watch in person and numerous others watched online. Students offered perspectives on gentrification, the role of hacking in our society, global health, and much more.


Recently we sat down with Carmen Muñoz-Fernández to discuss why off-campus programming is a priority at Andover and what students need to know in our interconnected world. 


Good luck? Tang Fellow Lani Silversides, mathematics instructor and head girls varsity basketball coach, says you don’t need it. Working at the Institute on her project, “The Mental Edge: Phillips Academy’s Mental Skills Training Program,” she is helping students and athletes alike to control their minds efficiently and consistently.

The Tang Institute is dedicated to cultivating and sharing innovative ideas that center on a common inquiry: How do we prepare students for an increasingly complex and interconnected world? The answers are varied, but Tang Institute pursuits are grounded in Andover’s commitment to connected learning, an educational approach that makes learning relevant to life and work in a digital age and global society. The Institute functions as an ideas lab, drawing together faculty, students, and partners to explore and develop promising, new approaches to teaching and learning—and to bring what’s working into the classroom and the wider world.
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