In August, the Experience Institute visited campus for the second time (their first being in April) to walk a handful of upper school faculty members through the Learning to Elevate Action Program (LEAP).

Norfolk Collegiate teachers are taking a LEAP

In August, the Experience Institute visited campus for the second time (their first being in April) to walk a handful of upper school faculty members through the Learning to Elevate Action Program (LEAP).

LEAP is a new program that will permeate student life at Collegiate this school year by way of upper school advisory, school meetings and LEAP Term—a week of learning beyond the classroom during which students will work in a variety of settings to experience Hampton Roads as a classroom. Before students could dive into their projects, their teachers wanted to go through the process on their own.

“We want students to spend time engaged in the learning experience,” said Upper School Social Studies Teacher Aaron Gregory, who also participated in LEAP this summer. “We want them to know their passions have value, and we want them to know that we [as their teachers] feel that way.”

How it works

The first step in the LEAP process is navigating a LEAP Map, a tool to help spark creativity and lead the creator through the project. Mr. Gregory’s lead him to pursue a role in an auditioned concert choir while working with his colleagues this summer. 

“I’m an adult. I’m married. I’m a full-time teacher,” said Gregory. “I would never have fit singing into my life without this project.”

The LEAP curriculum has been rolled out by upper school teachers in their advisories this year. Stay tuned as we bring updates throughout the year.

 

25OCT2019