In the “new” Visual and Media Arts Department, Windward has created a new sequence of course offerings that correlate to goals 1 and 5 of the Strategic Plan (Educational Program; Inclusive Community and Global Citizenship). The sequence begins with an introduction to media arts literacy, is followed by sound and animation classes, and culminates with first and second year video classes. In addition to introducing students to new media that allows them to be artistically creative, the courses will also provide them with knowledge to use these tools as alternative forms of rhetoric in their academic classes.
At Windward we know there is more to learning than just the classroom. Campus-Wide Initiatives provide opportunities for interdisciplinary faculty collaborations that provide faculty and students with different perspectives on 21st century issues.
Windward has formed a STEM committee charged with bridging departments and looking for ways to leverage existing STEM curricular components and identifying new possibilities for growth. The STEM committee's purpose aligns with goals 1 and 4 of the Strategic Plan (Educational Program; Collaboration and Outreach).
The Science and Technology Department is engaged in an examination of active learning pedagogy in the classroom. The E.E. Ford Foundation provided much of the funding for this investigation through a generous grant. Due to the continuing expansion of active learning within the Science curriculum, the school hosted two colloquia on the topic this summer.
The Global Education Committee seeks to realize the fifth goal of the Strategic Plan - to “prepare our students for effective participation in the 21st century global community through increased exposure to other cultures and communities, and make certain that Windward continues to be a welcoming, inclusive community.”
Twelve of Windward’s faculty and administrators from six departments visited Stanford University’s Writing and Rhetoric program in order to investigate how to create long-term programs that will nurture excellent writers and thinkers at Windward across disciplines and grades.
This collection of publications by students, faculty, staff, parents and alums celebrates the school’s founder Shirley Windward, a poet and advocate for arts in education, and embodies the founding spirit of Windward: literature, creativity, community. The Collection was inaugurated in 2011 in honor of Windward’s 40th Anniversary, and will serve as a resource and archive for future generations of Windward students.
While the collection here at the Center for Teaching and Learning is growing every day, Windward encourages students to extend their research by making interlibrary loan requests through our consortium of independent schools, and by helping them access the wide range of online and print resources available through the Los Angeles Public Library.
The Salon Series is an opportunity for the Windward Community to come together in the Center for Teaching & Learning and discuss a topic or hear from a member of the community on their expertise.