Today’s secondary students are approaching adulthood at an unparalleled moment in human history. Rapid and powerful changes are occurring simultaneously across multiple technologies, and the rate of change will only increase. To prepare our students to meet the opportunities and challenges of this century, Cushing Academy founded the Cushing Institute for 21st Century Leadership in 2007, which evolved into the Cushing Innovation Lab in 2012.
The Cushing Innovation Lab facilitates teachers and students working with one another outside the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines to envision and develop student-centered approaches to teaching and learning aimed at addressing the emerging needs, interests, and aspirations of Cushing’s diverse community of learners as we explore together the possibilities and challenges of living in a rapidly changing 21st Century world.
Projects for the 2012-2013 academic year include: infusion of this year’s 21C theme into the school’s core curriculum; implementation of iClass tables in four additional classrooms; creation and implementation of iPad pilot program; additional opportunities for cross-cultural student learning; creation of Innovation Lab for student exploration and creation beyond the classroom; program support and professional development for faculty.
The CIL encourages highly relevant exploration and innovation in every aspect of classroom instruction and campus life, and instills in our students the perspectives, understanding and skills they will need to become effective leaders in the decades ahead.