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"A Learning Space" Debuts

Posted By Christopher Portman, Thursday, September 8, 2016

Welcome to “A Learning Space,” the new Avery Coonley School blog!

The name, of course, is a nod to our Third Group learning spaces, which have been an iconic part of our campus landscape since their construction in 1970. But the name also speaks to the goals of the blog – to create a virtual space in and through which we can all share thoughts, ideas, and insights and, by doing so, learn from each other.

At a recent meeting of ACS faculty and staff, Anna Lenhardt, our beloved Middle School Head, quoted Stephen Covey and reminded us that “the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” Our “main thing,” of course, is to foster the talents and meet the needs of gifted students in the best and most effective ways possible. The how and why behind that are broad, multi-faceted questions and are worthy, we believe, of an ongoing dialogue among all interested parties.

This “Learning Space” will be one forum for this conversation. The blog will feature a wide variety of voices, both through posts and, we hope, comments by readers – the more perspectives we share, the greater our collective wisdom. Not all posts will relate directly to gifted education, but all will comment in some way on the ACS experience and will thereby illuminate, in ways small or big, our main thing.

For nearly fifty years, in both form and function, our Third Group learning spaces have been a beehive of activity. Let us emulate that success in this virtual learning space!





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