Avenues’ global headquarters in New York City will provide central and support functions for Avenues’ system of schools. One advantage of a system of schools (versus a single-site school) is that certain core competencies can be built up at a system level that would be economically difficult, even impossible, for a single school to develop. These provide meaningful benefits to both students and faculty. Here are three examples of the value of a headquarters (HQ) function:
Most schools have department chairs, teachers who “double” as coordinators of subject areas such as history or mathematics. Avenues does this as well, but these campus-based chairs will, over time, be supported by full-time departmental experts at the HQ level. For example, HQ will have a system-wide expert on languages to assist each school in selecting its language faculty, coordinate the selection of language courseware, conduct the professional development/training programs for language faculty worldwide, generally stay abreast of cutting-edge work in language acquisition, and conduct ongoing research and development on language studies. Imagine similar “system-wide” positions in mathematics, the World Course, science, early childhood education, the arts, fitness and athletics, and so forth.
Avenues will build a two-part college counseling and admission function. As with every top school, there is on-site college counseling for all upper grade students. In addition, there will be an HQ function related to college counseling and college/university relations. This team, which will be headed by someone who has previously held a senior post in the admissions function of a top college or university, will provide advice and support to all on-campus college counseling teams. Equally important, HQ staff will meet with senior admissions officials at the world’s top colleges and universities both to stay up-to-date on what each institution offers and to ensure that these admissions offices know the attributes of an Avenues graduate. Few single-site schools are able to support such wide coverage of higher education options and maintain research about them.
Study abroad capabilities are housed at HQ. Working closely with school leadership and faculty, this team develops all summer abroad studies programs (first in programs supervised out of New York and later in programs offered at other Avenues campuses). It will also design and coordinate the semester abroad programs. A core objective of this group will be to ensure that every Avenues student has, during the course of his or her Upper Division years, multiple overseas opportunities that are highly integrated into the “home campus” curriculum.
These are just a few examples of the support functions at the Avenues HQ. Such capabilities will expand with each campus opened, and over time they will become a uniquely powerful part of the quality of an Avenues education.
November 17, 2017
For the second year in a row, Global Journeys returned to YMCA Camp Greenkill in Huguenot, New York, to host our weekend-long instructor training retreat. In addition to a number of pre-program preparations and extensive planning throughout the year, Global Journeys encourages instructors to take part in this weekend-long training. This fall, the Global Journeys team, along with 21 faculty/staff participated in the intensive two-day retreat.
November 15, 2017
Our 11th grade American Studies students began the year with a personal narrative assignment that prompted them to think about their views of their immediate surroundings and society. Students responded to one of the following prompts: Have you ever had to voice an unpopular opinion? Was there a time when you were a minority in a situation? Have you ever made a mistake that affected the people or the situation around you?
November 14, 2017
During the week of October 10, 2017, Avenues hosted 24 exchange students from Liceo 7 de Niñas de Providencia high school in Santiago, Chile.
November 13, 2017
In order to ease into the new freedoms 5th grade students will gain in the years to come, they participate in the Fab Five. The Fab Five is an opportunity in which, for one hour a week, students transition between five different elective classes. All 5th grade classes are mixed together and assigned to one elective for six to eight weeks.
November 9, 2017
The first unit of the year in 6th grade math is “Integers.” In this unit, students expand their knowledge of whole numbers to include negative numbers. For meaningful and lasting learning to take place, it is crucial for students to make connections to what they are learning.