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Participants in Workshop 3
Bates College [ Web site ] has been providing a co-ed liberal arts education since 1855. The College has always been committed to human freedom, civil rights, and maintaining an academic community that encourages the finest intellectual, personal, and social growth. All campus organizations are open to everyone. Submission of SAT or other scores in support of admission was made optional in 1990, since the faculty felt that other factors (such as grades, recommendations, challenging courses, etc.) were more important in a student's record than test scores, and that students should not choose the college on the basis of its median test scores.
Lynn Baum [ photo ] oversees the Urban High School Collaborative at the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts and works with the students in the Museum of Science House at Fenway High School. She has been at the Museum for 20 years, and her background is in geology and in science museum education.
Shafi Shilad [ photo ] has been with CVS Pharmacy, Inc. for a number of years and has been Vice-President of Pharmacy Systems for five years. About seven years ago he became involved in a CVS program to work with school systems to make them more innovative and creative, and to foster opportunities for inner city students to become involved in the healthcare professions, encouraging students to attend pharmacy school. He is the liaison for CVS with the Fenway High School in Boston, Massachusetts.
Kimberly Kyle Gilligan is coordinator of the CVS House at the Fenway High School in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to coming to Fenway she worked with the Boston Private Industry Council on the School-to-Career program and as a career specialist in a high school.
Luz Padua [ photo ] is the Spanish teacher at Fenway, and co-advises the juniors in CVS House. As well as teaching beginning and intermediate Spanish in all the houses, she works with juniors both to prepare their CVS projects and keep current with their academic work at Fenway.
Abigail Messina, who came to the United States from the Philippines five years ago, is a senior in the construction group in CVS House at Fenway High School. She hopes to become a mechanical engineer. She finds that the Interactive Math Program helps her learn the mathematics she needs.
Shutesbury Elementary School [ Web site ] is an elementary school of about 230 students in an area near Amherst, Massachusetts. It has had a team-teaching, multi-age approach for a number of years. Students are grouped into classrooms of grades one and two, three and four, five and six, and the curriculum is designed to accommodate the differences in levels within these classes. As the only elementary school in its district, it has full responsibility for its own curriculum.
Laura Baker [ photo ] is in her third year as Principal of Shutesbury Elementary School. She taught reading and special education and was an administrator in Belfast, Maine, for a number of years. At Shutesbury she is working to integrate the state-mandated Standards into the team-taught, innovative Shutesbury school.
Ron Berger [ photo ] is a fifth/sixth grade teacher in Shutesbury Elementary School. He has been teaching public school in Western Massachusetts for 23 years. He's a graduate of Hampshire College, a project-based college, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In addition to teaching, he also consults with Howard Gardner's Project Zero Institute at Harvard, Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, and the Coalition of Essential Schools.