Cushing is pleased to announce that faculty member Nancy Boyle was selected by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) as part of the 2011-2012 Teachers of the Future Program. The NAIS Teachers of the Future were selected from a large pool of nominees who inspire academic excellence in students and who serve as opinion leaders among their colleagues and peers.
The Teachers of the Future were also chosen for their expertise in particular areas— environmentalism, globalism, technology, and equity and justice—which NAIS believes are hallmarks of a high-quality education for the 21st Century. As one of only 25 teachers nationwide chosen for the program, Nancy Boyle will lead an online discussion forum designed to share innovative ideas and teaching techniques and she will create a demonstration video to inspire others.
Mrs. Boyle has served in various roles at Cushing and teaches several courses in the English Department. She serves in Cushing’s Institute for 21st Century Leadership as the coordinator of the 21c curriculum. Founded in 2007, the Institute integrates all academic departments, student life and athletics, and drives every aspect of the school’s curriculum. Through its collaborations and partnerships with institutions like University of Oxford, Singularity University and NASA, the Institute for 21st Century Leadership creates a curriculum that provides students with live data streaming, access to cutting edge scholarly research, unique programming and classroom resources, and the experiential opportunities students need to be successful and fully informed leaders for the 21st century. Mrs. Boyle has spoken a number of times on the issue of learning in the 21st century to national audiences.
“Nancy Boyle is the embodiment of Cushing’s 21c Institute and its mission to prepare students to meet the opportunities and challenges of this century,” said James Tracy, headmaster of Cushing Academy. “As a teacher, she seamlessly integrates the great learning potential of digital tools into the classroom to create an exciting experience that exposes and engages our students to the world and prepares them to be the leaders of the future.”
“I am greatly honored to be selected along with my fellow ‘Teachers of the Future’ for this recognition,” said Nancy Boyle. “I intend to continue sharing with my colleagues across the world my belief that we can tap the full potential of each student and make them leaders in the 21st century by encouraging them to teach us -- and each other -- whenever possible.”
The Klingenstein Foundation offered NAIS a generous grant for the Teachers of the Future program and through this grant, each teacher will receive a $1,000 stipend for participating in the program.
The National Association of Independent Schools, based in Washington, DC, is a voluntary membership organization for over 1,400 independent schools and associations in the United States and abroad. Independent schools are distinct from other private schools in that they are independently governed by boards of trustees and they are funded primarily through tuition, charitable contribution, and endowment income. To be eligible for membership in NAIS, schools must be accredited, nondiscriminatory, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.
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