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Exploring Racial Ethnography through Story: AFS Students Interview Dr. Elijah Anderson

December 16, 2022

AFS students in the Echoes of Black Culture history elective explored insights from Dr. Elijah Anderson’s new book, Black in White Space: The Enduring Impact of Color in Everyday Life (2022) during a visit with the author. An unwavering truthteller in our national conversation on race, Anderson has shared intimate and sharp insights into Black life for decades.

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Snapping the Perfect Portrait

December 13, 2022

Upper School students in the Photography I class were tasked by Photography teacher Donna Russo with taking photo portraits on AFS’s campus. But in their quest to take a stellar portrait, Donna instructs them to get to know their subjects first to help determine what the photo should ultimately look like.

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Turning 5th Graders into Data Explorers

December 11, 2022

With the help of online tools, a survey and a guest lecturer, a class of fifth graders learn to find answers to their questions using data.

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AFS Educators Present at the NAIS People of Color Conference in Texas

December 9, 2022

Eight members of the AFS professional community traveled to San Antonio for the National Association of Independent Schools’ People of Color Conference, an opportunity to present workshops, collaborate, engage in leadership and professional development, and networking.

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4 Tips To Help 8th Graders Make the Leap to Upper School

December 2, 2022

The transition from Middle School to Upper School can challenge students in several ways. Teachers’ expectations are different, and students are given more responsibilities and greater independence. Here are four tips that came out of that conversation that can empower Middle School students to make the most of their journey as they prepare to take on the Upper School.

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AFS Educators Present at National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference

November 22, 2022

AFS teachers Carol Wolf and Raji Malik co-presented a workshop at the NAEYC Annual Conference focused on fostering connections and relieving the new and incredible stresses that young children are facing.

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Ife West-Ingram ’23 Signs Letter of Intent to Play Basketball at Rider University

November 11, 2022

AFS senior and Varsity Boys Basketball player Ife West-Ingram ‘23 will continue his academic and athletic career at Rider University with a full scholarship.

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Teaching Data Literacy by Telling Stories

October 21, 2022

Erin Bengtson, an Upper School Match Teacher at AFS, launched a new statistics class aimed at helping students to develop their data literacy for a changing world.

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How Do We Know How Fast Things Go?

October 14, 2022

Students in the Catbirds classroom in Early Childhood had a burning question: How do we know how fast things go? Upper School Science teacher Jordan Burkey had an idea about how to show them.

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AFS Asian Coalition Partners with VietLead

June 1, 2022

The AFS Asian Coalition partnered with VietLead, a nonprofit organization leading conversations and lessons around issues in healing the trauma of Vietnamese and Southeast Asian communities in Philadelphia. AFS students volunteered at VietLead's Resilient Roots Farm and co-founders of VietLead presented facts and stories from the people they serve to our Upper School.

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