Faculty Kick Off New School Year with Opening Meetings
On Monday, August 31, faculty arrived on campus or joined via Zoom for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. During this first official week back, faculty are getting familiar with new health and safety protocols and procedures and setting up classroom spaces to promote physical distancing. As Head of School Gretchen Larkin remarked to families during the final summer Town Hall this week, "Amidst the unfamiliar waters we are navigating, the energy at school feels familiar."
Faculty have also engaged in mission-critical diversity, equity, and inclusion work this week. On Tuesday, all faculty, staff, and administrators attended a virtual workshop with Dr. Jennifer Bryan and Dr. Keith Hinderlie from Re-Set. Dr. Bryan and Dr. Hinderlie focused on three major areas: wellness and connection, equity and inclusion, and teaching and learning. The following day, CRS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee co-chairs Lizz Albany (Grade 3 Co-Teacher) and Elena Pereira (Grade 5 Co-Teacher) led a discussion about how CRS will remain committed to being anti-racist in our teaching and learning. This work is paramount to who we are as a community and will continue throughout the year (and beyond!).
Faculty also "gathered" via Zoom to discuss our ongoing commitment to the social-emotional development of our students. CRS continues to use the RULER program, designed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, as a school-wide tool for social-emotional learning and support.
At the center of all the meetings, training, workshops, and discussions - in true CRS fashion - is our students. Whether students are starting the year in-person or learning remotely, our teachers are working hard to make sure each and every CRS otter has the best experience this year.
Charles River School is a PreKindergarten through Grade 8 independent school that honors the pursuit of academic excellence and the joy of childhood. We nurture each child by igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement. Our graduates know themselves, understand others, and shape the future of our diverse world with confidence and compassion.