Friends Select teachers embarked on this school year’s blended approach to teaching and learning equipped with new tools and skills stemming from their quick shift to iSelectLearning in the spring of 2020.
As Friends Select’s head of school and administration lead the implementation of Advance Friends Select, they are developing a comprehensive plan to form, engage, and evaluate partnerships. Progress has already been made with the overarching goal of developing such partnerships, including the hiring of a director of equity and inclusion and a director of city curriculum.
Friends Select continues to implement a strategic plan that:
•Grows mission-based opportunities with businesses, government, arts, cultural, and educational institutions that enrich and support the educational program.
•Strengthens cross-cultural connections and reach through academic programming and international experiences.
•Cultivates and effectively manages and promotes meaningful projects, internships, and leadership experiences for students.
•Leverages reciprocal partnerships to enhance educational, financial, and facility goals.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, John Chin ’83 P’15, ’18 of Philadelphia’s Chinatown, Mike Fitts ’71 of Tulane University, and Wendell Pritchett ’84 of University of Pennsylvania all had a profound impact on their respective communities.
Many Friends Select faculty and staff were integral in planning and giving presentations at the NAIS conference, and all employees were presented with the opportunity to attend a full day of the convention, themed “Your School, Your Legacy.”
In November, middle school students and their teachers dedicated a full day of cross-curricular learning to explore Philadelphia’s vast resources, from public artworks and outdoor spaces to museums and institutions.