This team will identify and recommend solutions for problems on when, where, and how gender inequities arise within the flow of the Avenues NY Mathematics experience so that our students pursuant to STEM-minded post-secondary tracks represent a broader variety of genders beyond male-identifying.
Patrick Galarza, Deborah Gomez, Eduardo Guzmán
Nurture a vision for our future as a Nature-Rich School where our community understands themselves as part of natural systems seeking a holistic connection with nature contributing to a regenerative present and future.
Ana Paula Giorgi,
Initially create and implement a fully articulated ELL pilot program for online learning, including design of a curriculum unit to pilot, timetabling, pedagogical guidance and training, to accelerate English language skill development for learners in grades 6 or 7.
Tim Carr, Yuhui Gong, Spencer Baron, Haiwen Lu, Heidi McNamara, Drew Cortese, Fernando Naigeborin
Provide Avenues students with a best in class college counseling/deans program. Our goal is to review the current offering in NY and what is working and what is not. We will decide if anything needs to change, evaluate global/local and ensure we are communicating the offering consistently.
This global TIger Team of multiple members has taken on a multi-year task of mapping the global mathematics curriculum in order to organize, supplement, align and promote the different levels of our integrated works. We hope to make the all outcomes transparent and accessible to all consituents.
To establish an innovative hub where students gather to read, write, collaborate, & create. Home to our Writing Fellows program, Master Classes, & school publications, The Humanities Center cultivates a passion for scholarship & community engagement that leaps the walls of our campuses.
Daniel Mendel, Molly Rose Avila
To build an environmentally conscious school which facilitates global environmental sustainability from physical space, educational programs and community culture.
David Carpenter, Doris Zhou, Winny Wang, Nini Lin
Currently, there are no developmentally appropriate play spaces for gross motor development at our SZ campus, and we have found this is a common problem. Through research and the ideas of the ELC staff, we will provide a document to the design team outlining the needs in our play spaces.
We have seen that there is a lack of connection to AWE for our youngest learners. Our team is creating a teacher resource to help students track and demonstrate their understanding and skill development of AWE Jr.
Faculty and staff have raised concerns about diversity and racial awareness and its impact on our campus culture and curriculum. We will explore race within our community in order to strengthen culture at the Avenues São Paulo campus.
Juliana Salles (Lead), Anne Baldisseri (Lead), Renata Lima, Renata Ziegert, Guilherme Mello, Sylvia Guimaraes
Develop and implement a global recruitment strategy for upper division math teachers.
Diego Merino (Lead), Jessica Carey, Carmel Schettino, Maggie Wollner, Mike Maccarone, JP Connolly, Neha Kale
In order to create consistency across learning spaces around personal smartphone usage, and to give teachers a regulatory framework for managing these personal devices in the classroom, the Upper Division would like a formal policy on student smartphone usage during the academic day.
TBD - will establish once the school year starts.
Our Tiger Team is designed to address the number of dress code violations on campus. We are creating a strict enforcement policy with clear consequences when a violation has occurred. Teachers will also be educated on the guidelines and enforcement policies.
Kaili Keller (Lead)
Within the Lower Division, teachers use a variety of strategies, structures and lessons to support social-emotional learning of their students. While these are effective in different classrooms and at different grade levels, there is not a clear continuum of SEL practices for the LD.
Lead: Rachel Reinhard, Megan Weber and Julia Carey
Junhua Zhong, Anabel Goa, Shelah Mulhere, Regina Hardatt, Rachel Lang
Create a guiding philosophy for student behavioral expectations and a strategy to address misconduct, along with corresponding protocols, reporting measures, interventions and consequences.
Evan Glazer (Lead), Andy Torris, Tim Carr, Ham Clark
We plan to gather information about English word study practices in grades 3-5. Based on our research, we will outline a scope and sequence curriculum, learning targets, assessment tools and resources so that the curriculum can be written and later implemented by grades 3-5 English teachers.
Julie Achenbaum (Lead), Nicole Yerk, Carolyn Ban, Anna Serrao, Stacy Rezos, Steve Wallace.
Develop an integrated view of high-quality assessment, report card and qualitative data that is relevant to teachers/admin/parents/students. The goals of these views are to understand student performance, existing efforts to stretch student success, and make plans to improve outcomes.
Daniel Greenblatt (co-lead), Evan Glazer (co-lead), Julia Higdon, Daniel Saniski, Jen Davenport, Andy Williams, Dyanne Kaufman, Laly Porras
In collaboration with the Museu do Amanhã in Rio develop project seeds of tomorrow based on a unifying concept of Future Literacy. Increase faculty understanding of a new concept of Future Literacy aiding transference and implementation of underserved AWE based concepts.
Andrew Williams (Lead), Mike Maccarone, Zoltan Sarda, Ryan Sawtell, Rebecca Strauss, Alexandre Fernandes, Bruna Baffa
We are creating an executable, 3 year rollout plan for a creative computation program in grades 6-10, with the goal of intermediate level on the AWE scale for all students, and a robust elective plan for advanced and expert level course or project work in 11-12.
Kelly Brandon (Lead), Katy Garnier, Steve Carpenter, Yumi Nakanishi, Jacob Goren
We will devise best practices for email etiquette among colleagues to limit the number of messages that are being distributed on a daily basis. We will also develop methods for staff members to manage their inboxes to reduce stress and lead to better work-life balance.
Alissa Dufour (Lead)
As Avenues opens up new campuses we are cognizant of creating a positive and connected culture within individual schools as well as across campuses. Thus, developing a comprehensive strategy regarding language use can help transform a potential cultural vulnerability into a source of advantage.
Andrew Williams (Lead) Cristine Conforti, Raina Gilchrist, Karina Sanghikian, Kristin Damberger, Angela Yu.
Explore learning collaborations between Sao Paulo and New York where students are working with and learning from each other remotely.
Evan Glazer (co-Lead), Andy Williams (co-Lead), Molly Rose Avila, Mike Maccarone, Zoltan Sarda, Dan Hughes, Joe D'Annibale
Pilot the use of online projects and differentiated interviews in UD admissions so as to identify predictors of success at Avenues, internationalize admissions, and increase yield.
Austin Volz (Lead), Leo Kalikow, Julia Higdon, Keven Lee
A cross-disciplinary team of experts will be dispatched to Avenues São Paulo during opening week to conduct user research from an experience-design (XD) perspective, and to then memorialize their observations and lessons learned for the benefit São Paulo and future Avenues campuses.
William Lidwell (Lead), Jenny Aleman, Susan Beans, Fernando Naigeborin, David Palumbo, Paulo Pita, Jared Thorn
A common framework is needed for a way in which to provide students opportunities to explore and understand Avenues values with regard to character and ethics in Lower/Primary Divisions. We seek to implement effective social/emotional learning in a way that aligns with Avenues’ values.
Merrill Murphy (Lead), Eric Ogden, Anne Baldisseri, Julia Carey, Megan Weber, Daniela Pannuti
Develop Learning Outcomes Scales for Avenues Community Engagement & Inclusion
AnaMaria Correa (Lead)
Develop and market online STEAM projects for ESL students in China wanting advanced English instruction in preparation for study at a US university. Enroll student(s) to pilot the program during the 2018-19 school year.
Angela Xu (Marketing Lead), Steve Dracht (Curriculum and Instruction Lead)
Our goal is to create and support the implementation of a framework to provide faculty with the clarity associated with their role accountabilities that goes beyond core teaching expectations.
Andrew Williams (Lead), Tiffany Trotter, Juliana Salles, Steve Carpenter Ham Clark, John Ciallelo
Our aim is to develop an Avenues-wide goal-setting philosophy, accompanied by guidance and tools for all colleagues, that engages individuals, incites learning, rapidly develops skills and improves results.
Amy Helbig (Lead), Becca Howlett, Juliana Salles, David Rhoads, Diego Merino, Anne Baldisseri, Mike Maccarone
We are creating an AWE scale for Creative Computation to create a pathway for consistent and comprehensive instruction for all students. We believe that computational thinking and computer programming are essential skills necessary for all our students to fullfil the Avenues’ mission.
Kelly Brandon (Lead)
Kindergarten is a year of transition from the ELC into the Lower Division. To ensure a smooth transition for the children and their families, we want to look more deeply at our expectations for each grade and the supports in place for students and teachers.
Rachel Newbauer (Lead)
Ya ju Tsai
Middle Grade Program Design: Create a well defined instructional pathway for mathematics at Avenues.
Andrew Williams (Lead), Cem Inaltong, Carmel Schettino
Professional Learning: Articulate a comprehensive strategy and underlying philosophy for professional learning at Avenues.
Andrew Williams (Lead), Julia Chun, Ingrid Lamia, Maggie Wollner, Mike Macarrone, Cem Inaltong, Jonathan Wang, Zoltan Sarda, Anne Baldisseri
Common educational requirements in grades 1-9 and the large footprint of a full Avenues campus are challenges to opening new campuses. The Mastery Academy in Shenzhen aims to pilot a unique curricular model while building government relationships to pave the way for Avenues' first China campus.
Austin Volz (Lead), Pedro Jofre Lora, Li-Dai Lu, Grace Jackson, Tim Carr
We aim at creating a new set of Chinese speaking assessment for Upper Division that is aligned to Avenues Language Scale. The set of speaking assessments aims to be feasible and efficient to administer, accurate to reflect students' proficiency skills and age appropriate to the UD students.
Haiwen Lu (Lead), yongling Lu, Yi-Ching Hsieh
We're adjusting our current math assessments in the Lower Division to be longitudinal by design, and to cover the right content. Our goal is to show student growth over multiple years, and be able to monitor whether students are on track for in the Middle Grades math program and beyond.
Jeanne Bouvier, Julia Higdon, Tom Patten, Chihiro Yoshida
We need a way to involve faculty in conducting research, provide more organizational support for faculty and R&D research, and provide a way to create and sustain a culture of innovation and research at Avenues NYC and Sao Paulo.
Julia Higdon (Lead),
Abby Brody, &
This team will review our current expectations for handwriting instruction focusing on Pre-K through 3rd. After confirming best practices, we will create a scope and sequence for handwriting expectations, with clear guidelines for teachers as well as develop resources for parents.
Ali Lesch (Lead), Gina Guerrero, Jenna Krueger, Amy Frattarola, Gabi Carr, Regina Hardatt
The Lower Division is looking for a way to consolidate the disparate elements of our PD program into a more cohesive and effective model that will promote both teacher and student engagement and enable us to "continually invest in ways to become better at what we do."
Ingrid Lamia (Lead)
The parent survey gives us a opportunity to rescue families who are not happy before they withdraw, and to partner with our many enthusiastic supporters. The goal is to propose processes, tools, and support for school leaders to use data to proactively and effectively reach out to parents.
Julia Higdon (Lead), Tim Hudson, Melissa Kubin, Eric Ogden, Drew Cortese, Mark Gutkowski
To pilot the Global Academic Dean role in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school year across two or more Avenues campuses.
Michael Maccarone, Cem Inaltong, Jonathan Wang, Ty Tingley
"Right Angle's" mission is to find and pilot the intervention program that is the "reading recovery" of math. Based on our data, students who struggle in 1st in math, continue to struggle come 4th. They will research programs and recommend one.
Jeanne Bouvier (Lead), Eric Ogden, Dyanne Kaufman, Amy Frattarola, Dan Hughes, Megan Weber, and Tom Patten
Evaluate internal intranet-like sharing and collaboration tools to simplify communications, build community and collaborate across Avenues faculty and families.
Ed Huang (Lead), Faith Rosen, Tara Clark, Ellen Greenberg, Laly Porras
• Create an education plan that genuinely captures Avenues approach, persuades officials of our innovation, and demonstrates a deep knowledge of Shanghai Education
• Complete all documents in the education plan application checklist （培养目标、教学计划、教学大纲、课程体系、中国文化课程、教材引进渠
Austin Volz (Lead), Haiwen Lu, Jenny Guo, Matt Scott, Li-Dai Lu
One of the root causes believed to underlie many scheduling problems is lack of clear and validated A-Z process. Accordingly, this team is drawing on lessons learned from past years to design a step-by-step A-Z scheduling algorithm to mitigate these problems going forward.
William Lidwell (Lead), Dirk DeLo, Liz Lee, Matt Scott
Define fluency of an Avenues graduate and create language plan for N-12
Abby Brody (Lead), Angela Xu, Yibo Lu, Julie Yankowitz
Conference Redesign. This Tiger Team will research successful parent conference models (including student-led conferences) and propose a pilot for grades 3-5 at Avenues, with hopes of expanding the scope of the redesign in future years. WHY: To bring students into the learning process and allow for
Joseph D'Annibale (lead), Ingrid Lamia, Jamie Lilly, Yingwen Chen, Jacob Goren
3rd-5th will participate in SPARK (passion research project) for 1 month.
WHY: Parents are split 50/50 with HW, too much/ too little. It is difficult to please all parties.
HW in K-5 has no effect on achievement
SUCCESS post survey of students, teachers and parents show value
Abby Brody (Lead), Ryan Baxter, Rhoda Aquino, Anna Valle, Chloe Guo, Julie Achenbaum
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Ed Novak (Lead)
Create a better process for tracking attendance
Chequanna Kelley (Lead)
Develop a scope and sequence for Integrating computer science into the LS curriculum for the 2016-2017 school year.
Kristen Paino (Lead), Ben Lesch, Raina Crawford, Jeanne Bouvier, Stephany Arcentales, Joe D'Annibale, Jake Goren, Pablo Provencio, Anne Marie Scully
Looking at recent data we are not seeing the improvement we would like in English spelling through our word study program. This fall we launched 3 word study programs in first grade classrooms and will compare student growth
Dyanne Kaufman (Lead), Melissa Kubin, Salvi Muzio, Amy Frattaraola, Hillie Anderson, and Dan Wallace
I'd like to form a tiger team to explore possible performances venues within walking distance of Avenues. Ideally, the space would be a theater that can seat 200-300 people for concerts, plays, productions, etc.
Neil Ginsberg (Lead) Brendan Dolan, Megan Cramer, Gustavo Schartz
Middle School Global Issues Curriculum
Tim Steffen (Lead), Todd Holcomb, Erin Finn-Welch, Emma Creeden, Tiffany Reedy
There is a need to establish a structure of consequences and corrective action for issues that arise, whether behavioral, social, or academic. To date, faculty and staff have been frustrated by the perceived, or real, lack of course of action when students fail to adhere to established standards and
Erin Finn-Welch (Lead), Pete Moravetz (Lead), Abbi Simpson, Tiffany Reedy, Bernard Geoxavier, Katie Arpin, Emma Creeden
Create an exemplar text for the World Course at the Beijing campus. This WC text will follow the global sequencing, but be locally adapted for use in Beijing. It assumes common global assessments and frequent student-to-student collaboration across borders.
Michael Levy (Lead). Ophelia Ma, Austin Volz
Program to support the transition from traditional math pedagogies to Exeter-style for MS students and new US students.
Eduardo Guzman (Lead), Sarah Davies, Li-Dai Lu, Agnieszka Goral, Julie Bevad, Sally Kent
Project-Based Course Design
Todd Shy (Lead), Mike Levy
Develop the scope and sequence of intended Upper School WC curriculum. We will be examining how WC can be more multidisciplinary and how we can implement WC across global campuses and within the new schedule. This includes looking at the degree our program overlaps with other disciplines.
Stephanie Shore; Isil Celimli; Ryan Martin; Ivan Cestero
ERP/SIS Platform- Conduct a needs assessment which will allow us to determine how we should evolve our core systems to fully support our global network
Min Kim (Lead)
What's Next Research 2.0
Dirk DeLo (Lead), Julia Higdon, Will Lidwell, Isil Celimli
LS report card redesign.
Abby Brody (Lead), Leslegih Gennace, Kathy Huamani, Melissa Kubin, Ingrid Lamia, Rachel Newbauer, Eric Ogden, Angela Xu
Increase stair use through interaction design—continued from 2014-15
Harrison Silver, Kelly Brandon (Lead), Ellis Wells, Daniel Pryor, Sydney Judge, Agnieszka Goral, Christopher Cleaver, Hannah Ellis-Gibbs, Lucas Folz
Tiger Mini-semester: Evaluate second language output and LS student engagement in week on/week off immersion model (3-year study)
Abby Brody (Lead), Rhonda Davis, Ingrid Lamia, Lana Parker, Angela Xu
Design “Schedule 2.0” for 2016-17
Andrew Williams (Lead), Libby Hixson, Judy Fox, Steven Carpenter, Liz Lee, Dirk DeLo, Lauren Befell, Amy Young
Upgrade first floor experience for visitors—admissions interviews
AJ Mesiti, Raymond Bordwell, Carol Gretter, Kate Howard, Kate Howard, Andy Clayman, Sam Smith
Fix MS schedule for 2014-15 and design “New Schedule of Thought” for 2015-16
Dirk DeLo, Libby Hixson, Liz Lee, Mike Maccarone, Andrew Williams (Lead)
Gil Morgenstern, Andy Clayman
Improve the NYC building visiting/using experience
AJ Mesiti, Raymond Bordwell, Kate Howard, William Lidwell
Develop high-fidelity bottom-up staffing model for new campuses
Lauren Bedell (Lead), John Ciallelo, Julie Fahey, Ben Newton, Matthew Teachout, Andrew Williams
Upgrade the elevator experience—performance, reliability, usability, emotional reaction
AJ Mesiti, William Lidwell, Steve Hanon, Sam Smith, Mike Maccarone, Cem Inaltong
Develop strategies to improve building acoustics
Mike Maccarone, Sarah Davies, Andrew Blum, Alma von Graffenreid, Oliver Cohen
Increase stair use through interaction design
Harrison Silver, Kelly Brandon (Lead), Ellis Wells, Daniel Pryor, Sydney Judge, Agnieszka Goral, Christopher Cleaver, Hannah Ellis-Gibbs, Lucas Folz
Math Tutorials: Close skill gaps in math skills for students with deficits; Increase challenge/difficulty for advanced students
Cem Inaltong, Mike Maccarone, Yongling Lu, Amy Young, Mike Levy, Ty Tingley
Project Octopus: Improve decision making through better data collection and system integration
Julia Higdon (Lead), Dirk DeLo, Jeff Clark, Andrew Williams, Tyler Tingley
Evaluate new associates' performance and align them to well-defined classroom responsibilities
Vanya Anaya, Gabby Carr, Inez Gonzalez, Dan Wallace, Janie Ruiz Yang, Wei Zhang
Leverage existing benchmarks model created in Spanish to create K-4 benchmarks
Joesph D\'Annibale, Anabel Goa, Kathy Huamani, Roberto Lazo, Johanna Mendez, Julie Yankowitz
Improve dual-language literacy in upper elementary grades
Eric Ogden, Jamie Lilly, Dyanne Kaufman, Julie Yankowitz
Improve second-language integration in new schedule design
Sarah Bayne, Roberto Lazo, Yongling Lu
Redesign 5th term within the New Schedule of Thought
Amy Young, Stephanie Shore, Mike Maccarone, Jonathan Wang, Todd Shy (Lead)
Develop WORLD Vision for New Schedule of Thought
Todd Shy (Lead), Jonathan Wang, Tiffany Trotter, Adam Jernigan, Jordan Kravitz, Ryan Martin, Tiffany Reedy, Roberto Lazo, Yongling Lu
Develop STEAM Vision for New Schedule of Thought
Cem Inaltong (Lead), Mike Maccarone, Kate Howard, Sally Kent, Bridget Ferrick, Li-Dai Lu and Sarah Davies
Design an advisory experience that is aligned with college admissions goals
Amy Young (Lead), Saybel Nunez, Kim Allen, Tiffany Trotter, Sarah Davies
Develop recommendations to integrate interdisciplinary projects in new schedule
Todd Shy, Austin Volz, Steven Carpenter, Mike Levy
Design ELC alternate day program
Alicia Stoller, Meredith Murphy
Plan/Prototype schedule for 2014-15
Yongling Lu, Cem Inaltong, Mike Maccarone
ELC Fellowship Program: Increase teacher consistency and stability in ELC for youngest children
Alicia Stoller, Meredith Murphy
AIM Program: Increase chaperones to maintain order and performance in LS
Rachel Newbauer, Stephanie Leung, Ingrid Lamia, Abby Brody, Eric Ogden
Academic Coach: Increase individual attention/supervision for underperforming students
Amy Young, Sarah Davies, Tiffany Trotter, Saybel Nunez
Improve CS meeting efficiency
Amy Young, Alia Methven, Kate Howard, Laly Porras, Todd Shy
Improve faculty evaluation system to better fit with Avenues culture/curriculum
Jonathan Wang, Roberto Lazo, Tiffany Trotter
Create Avenues organization design 1.0
Steven Hanon, David Rhoads
Roundtable Discussions: Improve communication between HQ and school leadership
Lauren Bedell, Ty Tingley, Liane Pei, Marcia Tingley, Libby Hixson, Nancy Shulman