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AFS Students Launch Newspaper The Blue and White

October 26, 2023

A budding interest in journalism, truth and perspective has led to the launch of an student-led newspaper at AFS!

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Why Focus on Student Choice? Adena Dershowitz on the Sense of Accomplishment

June 2, 2023

Why do we focus on experiential learning and student choice in education? AFS Director of Experiential Learning Adena Dershowitz reflects on the way that student choice can transform an educational experience from an externally imposed process to one in which the student engages wholeheartedly in the work of learning.

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What Role does Dignity Play on Campus? Mikael Yisrael on Developing a Culture of Dignity

May 17, 2023

How can we honor our differences and leverage them for the greater good of our community? AFS Director of Equity, Justice and Engagement Mikael Yisrael considers the importance of dignity in a school and how we can take the first steps to developing a culture of dignity by making sure we're looking at our culture through the right lens.

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AFS Senior Grace Barlow Wins WHYY Youth Media Award

May 5, 2023

On Saturday, April 22, 2023, AFS Senior Grace Barlow received a WHYY Youth Media Award for her work documenting the UC Townhomes protest in 2022. Already an accomplished writer, producer and budding journalist at 18, Grace sits down with AFS to talk about her journey thus far and where she wants to go next.

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What Deserves our Attention? Dan Taboada on Helping Students to “Pause and Think”

April 21, 2023

What does it look like to ask our students to pause and think? AFS Director of Student Wellbeing and Support Dan Taboada reflects on the question: "What deserves our attention?" In the digital age, students are often overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information and arguments approaching them from all directions. Questions of digital literacy and discernment are coming to the forefront—and schools like AFS are developing resources to start these key conversations.

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Respect and Resilience in High School Wrestling

March 31, 2023

Wrestling has become an enormous part of AFS senior Bella Washington-Vasquez’s life, but it wasn’t always such a sure thing. It took a lot of guts to step up to the wrestling mat, but once she went head-to-head with a competitor, there was no going back.

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An AFS Student’s Entrepreneurship Journey

March 9, 2023

It can be a great experience for students to work—many work on the weekends or get internships during the summer months. But what about students who operate their own business? As he nears the end of 10th grade, Esa McCants ’25 is reflecting more on his own journey as a small business owner and their plans for the future.

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“Where Will I Use This?” Challenging the Math Class Paradigm

March 3, 2023

So often in the math classroom, the lecture format reigns supreme. So much of the classroom experience as we remember it involves heavy textbooks, bulky graphing calculators, and a smattering of formulas on the blackboard. But Upper School Math teacher Nate Bridge wants to ask: "What if the future of the Math classroom looks more like an investigation?"

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Getting to Know… Adena Dershowitz

February 24, 2023

Get to know Adena Dershowitz, Director of Experiential Learning at AFS.

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Getting to Know… Dan Taboada

February 22, 2023

Get to know Dan Taboada, Director of Student Support and Wellbeing at AFS.

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