Since its founding, Holton has aimed to provide a robust education “not only of the mind, but of the soul and spirit.” We know that this holistic philosophy is always important—and recognize that it is especially so right now. In this year's State-of-the-School Address Part I, Head of School Susanna Jones shared a few examples of ways we attend to students’ academic as well as social and emotional needs. Among these, she highlighted our Learn Well, Live Well, Lead Well Seminar (informally called “Seminar”), a program housed in our Office of Diversity, Wellbeing & Global Education. You likely already know it well if your daughter is in grade 3, 5, 7, 8, or 9.
For those less familiar with Seminar, this signature program is based on a comprehensive, 3-12 integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on competencies rooted in our institutional priorities: diversity, equity, and inclusion; health and wellbeing; and global education. As shared on Friday, the course currently runs in the five grades listed above; next year, we are excited to roll it out in grades 4 and 10.
In May, the Seminar team gave an outstanding presentation to all faculty and staff about goals, future plans, and what lessons look like in each grade, ranging from the third grade’s “Backpack Lesson” (which develops open-mindedness and perspective taking) to the eighth grade’s Slam Poetry Unit (self-knowledge, communication, collaboration, and social justice). Below, we’ve shared the slides from the Seminar presentation to give you a peek into how we are cultivating the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to empower students to Learn Well, Live Well, Lead Well.