Jennifer Chidsey, chief operating officer at Ross Institute, and Debra McCall, dean of cultural history and Upper School director of curriculum and professional development, were recent guests at Harvard University’s Mind, Brain, and Education Program as part of a class on MBE’s Research Schools Network. The class was taught by Dr. Kurt Fischer and Dr. Christina Hinton, assisted by Catherine Glennon (Ross School, Class of ’03), and its purpose was to introduce students to three schools—Ross School; Landmark School in Pride’s Crossing, MA; and St. George’s School in Newport, RI—as members of the Research Schools Network. Each school presented examples of research undertaken in partnership with the Harvard MBE Program and described the advantages of being engaged in the process of research, as well as the benefit of having data from the research readily available to inform practice.
A fourth school, the Bedales School of Steep, Hampshire (UK), participated via Skype. Bedales School emphasizes two “strands”—breadth (“head, hand, and heart”) and the cultivation of the individual's intellectual and personal qualities (“intelligence, initiative, and individuality”). The headmaster of Bedales, Keith Budge, will visit Ross School Monday, October 22, to learn more about Ross and to explore possible collaboration between the schools.
The class concluded with students approaching representatives of the schools to discuss possible research ideas. A team comprising some of these graduate students and Dr. Kurt Fischer will visit Ross School at the end of October to explore the possibility of research into such areas as the Ross math program, the new Innovation Lab @Ross, and other topics that have been proposed in meetings with interested Ross faculty.