Tang Institute events are designed to share creative ideas and spark lively discussions on diverse topics related to connected learning. All community members are invited to join in—and tap into exciting explorations that are happening at the Institute, throughout the PA campus, and in education more broadly. 

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TEDxYouth IDEATION SESSION

TEDxYouth Ideation Session

What would a TEDxYouth conference look like at Andover?

The Nest, the Tang Institute and OWHL teams are hosting a TEDxYouth Ideation Session, led by Tanvi Kanchinadam ’19. We’re excited to explore the themes, topics, and conversations that could frame a TEDx conference here at Andover. RSVP to tanginstitute@andover.edu if you can join us. Please feel free to share this invitation widely!

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 6:30 p.m., the Nest

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TEDxYouth Ideation Session
What would a TEDxYouth confrence look like at Andover?
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STUDENT PRESENTATION

The Value of Creativity

Julian Otis ‘16 will present his research findings related to promoting student creativity, both at Phillips Academy and educational institutions more broadly. Through his Winter 2015-16 independent project, Otis conducted research on the value of creativity, the creative process, and specific practices aimed at enhancing the creative context in school settings. RSVP to tanginstitute@andover.edu if you can join us. Please feel free to share this invitation widely!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 1 p.m., Pearson C

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The Value of Creativity
Julian Otis ‘16 will present his research findings related to promoting student creativity, both at Phillips Academy and educational institutions more broadly. Through his Winter 2015-16 independent project, Julian conducted research on the value of creativity, the creative process, and specific practices aimed at enhancing the creative context in school settings.
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LUNCH & DISCUSSION

Reimagining Chemistry

Tang Institute Fellows Brian Faulk and Keith Robinson will share what they’ve learned about adopting a blended learning approach through their ongoing project, Reimagining Chemistry. Their talk will also consider how this knowledge can be leveraged to help build online materials for current and future students. RSVP to tanginstitute@andover.edu if you can join us. Please feel free to share this invitation widely!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, 1 p.m., Pearson C

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Reimagining Chemistry
Tang Institute Fellows Brian Faulk and Keith Robinson will share what they’ve learned about adopting a blended learning approach through their ongoing project, Reimagining Chemistry. Their talk will also consider how this knowledge can be leveraged to help build online materials for current and future students.
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LUNCH & DISCUSSION

Sustainable Use of Biodiversity as a Strategy to Protect the Amazon

Roberto Palmieri will offer insight into the work of Imaflora, one of the partner organizations of the Brazil PLACES Learning in the World program. The non-profit, founded in 1995, leads efforts to conserve tropical rainforests by actively engaging with the local community as the guardians of these protected areas. RSVP to tanginstitute@andover.edu if you can join us. Please feel free to share this invitation widely!

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 12:10 p.m., Pearson C

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Imaflora’s Impact on the Brazil PLACES Program
Roberto will offer insight into the work of Imaflora, one of the partner organizations in the Brazil PLACES Learning in the World program. The non-profit, founded in 1995, leads efforts to conserve tropical rainforests through public policy, supply chain, certification, and local development activities.
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LUNCH & DISCUSSION

Writing and Teaching to Change the World

Tang fellows Lou Bernieri, director of Andover Bread Loaf and instructor in English, and Monique Cueto-Potts, director of the Office of Community Engagement, will discuss Writing and Teaching to Change the World, a new senior elective that they have been offering this year. The course stems from a collaboration among PA’s Department of English, OCE, the Lawrence Public Schools, and other Lawrence community organizations. RSVP to tanginstitute@andover.edu if you can join us. Feel free to share this invitation widely!

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 12:10 p.m., Pearson C

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An Update from PA’s 2016 Technovation Teams
“Writing and Teaching to Change the World” is an innovative service-learning course that is a collaborative effort among Phillips Academy, Andover Bread Loaf, and community organizations in Lawrence. Institute Fellows Lou Bernieri, Director of Andover Breadloaf and Instructor of English, and Monique Cueto-Potts, Director of the Office of Community Engagement, will discuss how this course is helping to create a model for service-learning courses at Phillips Academy and other secondary schools.
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LEARNING IN THE WORLD ART EXHIBIT

Divergent Thinking and Global Imagination

The Learning in the World art exhibit, “Divergent Thinking and Global Imagination,” will feature original works by Andover students who were inspired by their 2014–2015 Learning in the World experiences. The event will also include stations of desserts from around the world, a performance by the dance group Hypnotic, and a Learning in the World Photo Booth. Learn more. Please feel free to share this invitation widely! Friday, April 29, 2016, 7:00 p.m., Steinbach Gallery, George Washington Hall

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Learning in the World Art Exhibit
The upcoming art exhibit, “Divergent Thinking and Global Imagination,” will feature original works by Andover students who were inspired by their 2014–2015 Learning in the World experiences. More than 140 students and 23 faculty members participated in a program, traveling to such diverse locations as China, Peru, the American South, India, New Mexico, Brazil, France, Russia, and Germany. The event will also include stations of desserts from around the world, a performance by the Yorkies, and a Learning in the World Photo Booth.
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STUDENT PRESENTATION

An Update from PA's 2016 Technovation Teams

The three Phillips Academy teams participating in this year’s Technovation Challenge, SynTech, Morse Code, and Thrively, will provide us with an inside look at the mobile apps and business plans they’ve developed. Each team will deliver the “pitch” they will present in the upcoming Regional Pitch Event in Cambridge, MA. RSVP to tanginstitute@andover.edu if you can join us. Please feel free to share this invitation widely!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 1 p.m., Pearson C

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An Update from PA’s 2016 Technovation Teams
The three Phillips Academy teams participating in this year’s Technovation Challenge, SynTech, Morse Code, and Thrively, will provide us with an inside look at the mobile apps and business plans they’ve developed. Each team will deliver the “pitch” they will present in the upcoming Regional Pitch Event in Cambridge, MA.
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LUNCH & DISCUSSION

Confluence: Environment, Culture, Community

Mark Cutler, Tang Fellow and Instructor in Spanish, will present on “Confluence,”  a new, yearlong Learning in the World program that will engage students with their local communities to help bring positive social and environmental change. The program, which has been a focus of Cutler’s project at the Institute, was developed in collaboration with administrators, educators, and students from several schools in the Merrimack Valley area. RSVP to tanginstitute@andover.edu if you can join us. Please feel free to share this invitation widely!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 1 p.m., Pearson C

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Confluence: Environment, Culture, Community
Tang Fellow Mark Cutler presents his upcoming summer project, Confluence: Environment, Culture, Community. This program is a collaboration of five schools in the Merrimack Valley (Andover High School, Greater Lawrence Technical School, Lawrence High School, Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School, and Phillips Academy) and focuses on engaging younger students with their communities and local partners to impact positive social and environmental change.
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Seeing in Patterns, Thinking in Code

David Rea will discuss the the debut of the  Summer Session Pilot course, “Seeing in Patterns, Thinking in Code.” This hybrid course, which allows students to have an on-campus experience for the first portion of the program and apply the skills they’ve learned while at home during the latter half, aims to provide students with the skills to look at problems (and learning in general) from a fresh angle. Learn moreRSVP to tanginstitute@andover.edu if you can join us. Please feel free to share this invitation widely!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 1 p.m., Pearson C

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Seeing in Patterns, Thinking in Code
David Rea will discuss the the debut of the first-ever Summer Session Pilot course, “Seeing in Patterns, Thinking in Code”. This hybrid course, which allows students to have an on-campus experience for the first portion of the program and apply the skills they’ve learned while at home during the latter half, aims to provide students with the skills to look at problems (and learning in general) from a fresh angle.
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SPECIAL INVITATION

The Future of Learning in a Networked World

1-Leise-Jones-Photography239-199x300Justin ReichExecutive Director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab, will explore emerging models of online learning that empower students to create and participate in meaningful communities, shape their public persona in responsible ways, and prepare for a life of online learning.

Monday, April 4, 2016, 6:45 p.m., Kemper Auditorium. Learn more.

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THE FUTURE OF LEARNING IN A NETWORKED WORLD
During his talk, Justin Reich will explore emerging models of online learning that empower students to create and participate in meaningful communities, shape their public persona in responsible ways, and prepare for a life of online learning.
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Growing up Social

MSR3sm-sqToday’s youth are navigating a complex world of social technologies. From Instagram to texting, Snapchat to video games, many parents and educators are scratching their heads, trying to understand why teens do what they do online. In this talk, danah boyd will explore some of the major questions raised by the networked world in which today’s youth live and help contextualize the reasons why youth do what they do.

Thursday, March 31, 2016; events at noon and 7:30 p.m. Learn more.

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Growing up Social with danah boyd
In this talk, boyd will explore some of the major questions raised by the networked world in which today’s youth live and help contextualize the reasons why youth do what they do.
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SYMPOSIUM

GLOBAL EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SYMPOSIUM: DESIGNING FOR IMPACT

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This symposium will explore critical questions at the center of global education programs: How do we understand the impact of such programs? How do we design practices that lead to deeper and sustained learning? How can we develop flexible frameworks for assessment that help us to continue to improve and refine such programming?

For more information, please email Eric Roland at eroland@andover.edu.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Davis Hall. Learn more.

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GLOBAL EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SYMPOSIUM: DESIGNING FOR IMPACT
The symposium will explore critical questions at the center of global education programs: How do we understand the impact of such programs? How do we design practices that lead to deeper and sustained learning? How can we develop flexible frameworks for assessment that help us to continue to improve and refine such programming?
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LUNCH & DISCUSSION

Exploring the Sidney R. Knafel Map Collection

headshotJoin us for a discussion with Nile Blunt, instructor in history and the Academy’s geographer-at-large for the Sidney R. Knafel Map Collection. During his talk, Blunt will share an overview of this incredible collection and an update on the creative ways in which they are being used in teaching and learning at the Academy.

RSVP to tanginstitute@andover.edu if you can join us. Please feel free to share this invitation widely!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 1:00 p.m., Pearson C

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Exploring the Sidney R. Knafel Map Collection
Join us for a discussion with Nile Blunt, instructor in history and the Academy’s geographer-at-large for the Sidney R. Knafel Map Collection. During his talk, Blunt will share an overview of this incredible collection and an update on the creative ways in which they are being used in teaching and learning at the Academy.
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Discussing Innovation at the Addison Gallery

Dolkart_newsPlease join our discussion with Judith F. Dolkart, The Mary Stripp and R. Crosby Kemper Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy. Lunch will be provided.
Thursday, February 18, 2016, 12:10 p.m., Pearson C. 

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Discussing Innovation at the Addison Gallery
Please join our discussion with Judith F. Dolkart, The Mary Stripp and R. Crosby Kemper Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy. Lunch will be provided.
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Exploring the Khan Academy Statistics Project

Khan signPlease join our discussion with Tang Fellow Matt Lisa and the team of students who are leading our Khan Academy Statistics project.
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 12:10 p.m., Pearson C. 

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Exploring the Khan Academy Statistics Project
Please join our discussion with Tang Fellow Matt Lisa and the team of students who are leading our Khan Academy Statistics project.
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Youth and Media: Berkman Center for Internet & Society

downloadJoin the Youth and Media team from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University as they share their work on the Digital Literacy platform, an evolving collection of freely accessible resources (e.g. infographics, curricula, guides, and papers) about online safety, privacy, creative expression, and information quality. Team members will also highlight the creative possibilities of learning with technology and provide an overview of an ongoing Scratch project.
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 12:10 p.m., Pearson C. Learn more. 

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Youth and Media: Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Join the Youth and Media team from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University as they share their work on the Digital Literacy platform, an evolving collection of freely accessible resources (e.g. infographics, curricula, guides, and papers) about online safety, privacy, creative expression, and information quality.
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Learning in the World: Cultivating Partnerships and Community

IMG_2634 - edit - Road to Chavin de Huantar, PeruJoin Learning in the World Program Leaders as they share their perspectives on constructing impactful partnerships and community throughout the world, offering examples from various LITW experiences.
Thursday, January 28, 2016, 12:10 p.m., Pearson C. 

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White Earth Nation with Ryan Wheeler

Wheeler_pictureJoin us for lunch and discussion with Ryan Wheeler, Director of the Academy’s Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology, to learn more about recent developments in the relationship between the Peabody Museum and the White Earth Nation.

This event is organized in collaboration with the PA Music Department. RSVP to tanginstitute@andover.edu if you can join us, and feel free to share this invitation widely.

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 12:10 p.m., Pearson C. 

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Musicishardtohear_home pageSee What You Hear: Using Visuals to Unlock the Meaning of Music

Lushen Wu, founder of bebop.com, will give a presentation on his work and then engage the audience in conversation. Bebop uses mesmerizing visual animations to unlock the meaning and power of music, making it more engaging, accessible, and enjoyable.” Learn more.
Thursday, January 14, 2016, 12:10 p.m., Pearson C.

STUDENT PRESENTATION

Neuroscience Night
Gabe Blanchard and Julian Otis ’16
The event will feature talks by two students who have been studying cognition and learning/memory this term with Biology Instructor Christine Marshall-Walker. Learn more.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 7 p.m., Pearson C

STUDENT PRESENTATION

IMG_5005Experience Technovation Challenge
Please join us for an event that will feature an opportunity to engage with 2015 Technovation Challenge participants and offer information about how to participate in the 2016 competition. The event is hosted by Maria Litvin, along with PA’s Educational Initiatives team and Tang Institute. Visit the related Blog post for more information.
Thursday, December 3, 2015, 7 p.m. Pearson C 

TABS PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION

PhillipianPhotoCrop_NoahRachlin‘I Can’t Do That…Yet’: Cultivating a Learning Disposition
Noah Rachlin, Tang Fellow
Thursday, December 3, 2015, Pearson C

LITW DISCUSSION

Quito-View-from-Hotel-2015Learning in the World Information Sessions

Students are invited to stop by for information about Learning in the World Programs. Visit the related Blog post for more information.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 2 to 3 p.m. (Mural Room)
November 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Commons (Lower Left)

FACULTY DISCUSSION SERIES

EnglishStudent Report Writing
Led by Noah Rachlin, Tang Fellow and Instructor of History and Social Science; Kate McQuade, Instructor in English; and Patricia Russell, Dean of Studies and Instructor in Science. Vist the related Blog post for more information.

Friday, November 13, 12:10 p.m.; Thursday, November 12, 2015, 12:10 p.m.; Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 11:15 a.m.; Monday, November 9, 2015, 12:10 p.m. Pearson C. 

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Design for Change with Sanjli GidwaneyDesign for Change Discussion
Sanjli Gidwaney, Director of Design for Change USA
Gidwaney will present a curriculum and technology platform that builds character, capacity and confidence by engaging young people in social change projects. Visit the related Blog post for more information.
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 8 a.m., Pearson C

LITW DISCUSSION

Learning in the WorldLearning in the World Initiatives
PA faculty and community members are invited to participate in a lightly moderated conversation regarding our Learning in the World initiatives and the many opportunities that we offer for students to study and learn off-campus. Visit the related Blog post for more information.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 5:30 p.m., Underwood Room. 

LUNCH & DISCUSSION SERIES

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Educational Diversity
Asabe W. Poloma, Executive Director, Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)
Poloma will highlight the urgency and challenges to educational diversity; provide an overview of the IRT framework, programs, and its contributions to diversifying schools, colleges, and universities; and reflect on some emerging directions for the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 12:10 p.m., Pearson C.

LUNCH & DISCUSSION SERIES

Michael-ManessWhy Human-Centered Design?
Michael Maness, Innovator in Residence, Digital Initiative, Harvard Business School
Maness, Innovator in Residence of the Digital Initiative at Harvard Business School, will discuss how design-thinking can be put to use in education. Visit the related Blog post for more information.
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 12:10 p.m., Pearson C. 

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Discussion about Educational Initiatives
Erin McCloskey, Director of Educational Initiatives
McCloskey will discuss current and upcoming initiatives at the intersection of pedagogy, learning, and technology; she will describe core concepts and frameworks that ground this work.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 12:10 p.m., Pearson C

SPECIAL INVITATION

maxresdefaultThe Mainstreaming of Mindfulness in America
Join in an evening with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus, Creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Organized by Andrew Housiaux, Tang Fellow.
Friday, October 16, 2015, 7 p.m., Arlington Street Church

LUNCH & DISCUSSION SERIES

FranceConversation about Learning in the World
Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 12:10 p.m., Pearson C

SPECIAL INVITATION

lj-gallery-7-27-15-4853Sundance Film Presentation: Most Likely to Succeed
Ted Dintersmith, Filmmaker
Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 7 p.m., Coolidge Corner

LUNCH & DISCUSSION SERIES

Steve ChinosiDiscussion about Innovation in Schools 
Steve Chinosi, Director of Strategic Innovation, Andover Public Schools
Chinosi will share his experience in building the Innovation Lab and Greengineers program at Newton Public Schools.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 12:10 p.m., Pearson C

FACULTY MEETING

MazurConfessions of a Converted Lecturer
Eric Mazur, Physicist and Educator, Harvard University
Mazur will discuss how he has adjusted his approach to teaching and how it has improved his students’ performance significantly. Visit the related Blog post for more information.
Monday, September 21, 2015, 6:45 p.m., Kemper Auditorium

LUNCH & DISCUSSION SERIES

IMG_7459-XLThe Making of a Makerspace
Mike Barker and OWHL Team
Barker will discuss the launch of the new Makerspace at the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library (OWHL).
Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 12:10 p.m., Pearson C

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