How do we educate our society as it continually evolves?
The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers seeks to answer this question. Founded in 1990 by Kelly Wise, the IRT has a nearly 30-year history of producing social justice–minded educators in both K–12 and the professoriate.
In this episode of Every Quarter, we sit down with the LaShawnda Brooks, the new executive director of the IRT, and Jessica Acosta–Chavez ’06, IRT ’12, Phillips Academy’s associate director of admission and outreach. As an alumna of both the IRT and Phillips Academy, Acosta–Chavez is uniquely positioned to speak with Brooks around the history of the IRT, current needs in educating diverse populations, and new possibilities for the IRT.
As American demographics change, so does our need for educators. According to the Learning Policy Institute, people of color constitute nearly 40 percent of the population and 50 percent of our students.
Since the IRT’s founding in 1990, the percentage of K–12 educators of color has increased from 12 percent to 20 percent. Currently, more than 2,000 IRT alumni have received a Master’s degree and more than 330 IRT alumni have earned doctoral degrees.
2020 marks the 100-year anniversary of the 19th amendment, and yet still voting and voter’s rights remain one of the most vital issues facing our democracy. As a newly appointed Mellon-Schlesinger Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, Corinne T. Field is looking at the intersectionality between this historical milestone and women in America by exploring the closely intertwined roots of race and age segregation in American feminism.
Field is an assistant professor of women, gender, and sexuality at the University of Virginia and a member of Andover’s Class of 1983.
Episode 20: George Smith, Jr. ’83
For the past three decades, George Smith Jr., Class of 1983, has specialized in covering the intersection of sports and society. While at ESPN in the 2000’s Smith was the go-to reporter on breaking stories like Kobe Bryant’s sexual assault case, Michael Vick’s dogfighting ring, and the Duke Lacrosse investigation.
In this episode of Every Quarter, Smith looks back on his broadcast journalism career and the evolution of the business with Director of Communication Tracy Sweet. He recounts how he started off in the field, why social media has changed the game and theorizes an approach to a potential on-camera interview with elusive fellow alum and New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick ’71.
Three Andover faculty members offer their interpretations.
What does the term citizenship mean? Does it relate to place of birth or residency? What are the requirements of citizenship and have those requirements evolved over time? Who determines citizenship and by what criteria? We’ve been trying to answer this question in as many ways as possible in the classroom, during All-School Meetings and with varied guest speakers on campus. Citizenship is not only the theme for Andover’s 2017-2018 academic year but a pressing issue that is affecting everyone around the globe. Since September 2017, more than 20 guest speakers—recruited from departments across campus—have touched on the theme of citizenship. Their talks have addressed a range of timely issues and spurred ongoing conversations on topics such as gender-based violence, politics and identity, climate and economic policy, citizenship and race, and others.
The winter 2018 issue of Andover magazine explores the complexities of citizenship. Andover faculty were asked to contribute to the conversation and write essays on their experiences and interpretations. We then asked three of them—Marisela Ramos, Elizabeth Meyer and, Eric Roland—to read their essays for Every Quarter.
Louise Kennedy ’76 and Nancy Sizer reminisce about coeducation and Andover’s evolution in the seventies.
Earlier this year Every Quarter had the privilege of hosting a special conversation between Nancy Sizer and Louise Kennedy, Class of 1976. Sizer taught at Andover in the seventies and eighties and was the spouse of the renowned educational reformer and Phillips Academy’s 12th Head of School, Ted Sizer. Kennedy came to Andover in the first year of coeducation and went on to serve as the first female editor of The Phillipian, the Academy’s student-run newspaper.
This episode is like listening in on old friends reuniting after many years apart. They discuss the merger of Phillips and Abbot Academies, what life was like on campus in the early seventies and how students and faculty adapted to the transition. Their wide-ranging and fascinating talk is filled with personal stories, random tangents, and perspective that can only be gained from looking back on their experiences some forty years later.
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Jim Ventre ’79 discusses Phillips Academy’s game-changing financial aid initiative.
The need-blind admission initiative is the single most distinct feature for which Phillips Academy is recognized around the globe. This episode dives into Andover’s progressive financial aid policies and the history of need-blind admission. On the eve of celebrating a decade of its existence, Neil Evans from the Office of Communication sits down with Jim Ventre ’79, dean of admission and financial aid, to discuss the game-changing initiative, what “Big Blue Nice” means, and why socioeconomic status plays no part in how students are admitted to Andover.
Head of School John Palfrey and Harvard Researcher Urs Gasser moderate a conversation on the lives of tech-savvy teenagers.
What does it mean to be born digital? How are adults and children navigating the ever-evolving and complex technological landscape of modern life? Are students spending too much time on devices or are they using modern innovations to develop crucial life skills? Phillips Academy Head of School John Palfrey and Harvard Researcher Urs Gasser have spent years researching these topics and you might be surprised at what they’ve discovered.