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.
January 5, 2018
This year we are introducing a new math tool to be used in our kindergarten and 1st grade curriculum—rekenreks. Rekenreks are used for students to understand numbers in a multi-sensory way.
January 3, 2018
At the end of the school day, I change from my work clothes into stretchy pants and a t-shirt, and make the transformation from Chinese teacher back to the fire-and-brimstone martial arts instructor I once was. Students come into my class with varied motivation; some come to become physically fit, some to learn to defend themselves and some to connect themselves to an unbroken line of an old tradition
December 21, 2017
During a child’s development it is essential to build and maintain routines. Having consistent routines and knowing what to expect creates a predictable and safe environment for children. One of the first goals for children when starting pre-school is to internalize the daily routine.
December 20, 2017
This year, our middle grades students set a new record in our young history. Seventy-four students from grades 6 through 8 participated in one of the most prestigious math contests in the world, American Mathematics Competition 8.
December 18, 2017
This fall, 5th graders from Avenues traveled about two hours out of the city to Black Rock Forest for an educational and recreational day trip. The Black Rock Forest Consortium is a “living laboratory for field-based research and education, encompassing native terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems that are increasingly rare in the region.”