News from Andover's Institute for Connected Learning

Dear Friend:

It was an exciting spring term at the Tang Institute, with continued work on projects led by faculty fellows and a number of exciting student-led ventures. Highlights included a student-led discussion in The Nest on the possibilities of hosting a TEDxYouth conference on campus. Julian Otis ‘16 presented on his independent project, “The Value of Creativity,” and the project group involved in our Khan Academy Initiative gathered to discuss their work. Technovation Challenge teams dazzled us with presentations on their entrepreneurial mobile apps.

As summer season gets into full swing on campus, we're excited for a range of programming at the Institute. Visiting Scholar in Connected Learning David Rea is launching Summer Session’s first hybrid course, “Seeing in Patterns, Thinking in Code,” as part of the Institute’s Hybrid @ Andover program. More than 108 students are participating in Learning in the World (LITW) programming in 21 diverse locations—Berlin, Russia, South Africa, parts of Massachusetts, and more—led by 18 faculty members. A new LITW offering, “Confluence,” will engage students with their local communities to bring positive social and environmental change. In March we had the opportunity to host 40 educators and practitioners to explore together the impact that these types of experiential opportunities have on our students. Read our full report online.

I extend warm wishes to you during this wonderful time of year, and thank you for being part of our Tang Institute community. Continue to check our Blog this summer for reports on student travels and other exciting updates on our programming.

Caroline Nolan
Currie Family Director


Students are key contributors to the Tang Institute—collaborating with faculty fellows, sharing their own work, and helping to imagine new possibilities for campus and beyond. With topics ranging from the value of creativity to the possibility of a TEDxYouth conference at Andover, students dazzled us with ideas this term. 


Tang Fellow Noah Rachlin is planning to develop a network of educators who can work collaboratively toward helping young people respond positively to challenge and struggle. This summer, he is inviting teachers across the country to share strategies for cultivating these important skills in the classroom. 


Tang Fellow Mark Cutler has launched “Confluence,” along with collaborators from several schools in the Merrimack Valley area. The river that connects the participating school communities will be a central feature of the program, as “rivers flow unaware of political borders.”

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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