Three Months in 30 Photos
SYA kicks off the summer with a multi-day Conference on Teaching and Learning Abroad, SYA’s second annual school-wide curricular planning conference, bringing teachers from all four campuses traveled to Viterbo, Italy to further refine SYA’s curriculum redesign.
Teachers from four campuses pepper the room with French, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish, with English as the common language, as they brainstorm innovative and mission-driven approaches to curriculum redesign.
On a lunch break during the conference, SYA Italy's Santo Sammartino leads a tour of Villa Lante, a garden exemplifying the Mannerist phase of the Italian Renaissance.
Santo uses a mural of the estate to orient faculty and staff prior to exploring the gardens. Villa Lante was designed for Cardinal Gambara, whose family name means "prawn." Throughout the property, there are painted and sculpted shrimp in honor of the Gambara family.
Villa Lante is located in Bagnaia, a twenty-minute bus ride outside of SYA Italy's Viterbo campus.
Here, Santo describes how peperino stone (a gray or brown volcanic rock found in Italy) is both workable and resistant, making it an excellent material for fountains and sculptures.
Back in the classroom, SYA leadership and faculty lead workshops covering topics ranging from how to assess experience-based coursework to how to design competency-based experiences within the context of educational travel. Above, SYA Italy Resident Director Pat Scanlon works with faculty from around the world to design a modular course structure that could be implemented at any of our four campuses.
SYA Spain Resident Director Meghan Lewis Roof leads a workshop on language proficiency, including ways to integrate intentional language practice into all courses at SYA. Here, she employs a pizza analogy as a way to illustrate the advantage of competency-based assessment.
"Four campuses, one school" — the mantra of the second-annual Conference on Teaching and Learning Abroad. Above, 34 teachers and leaders from Beijing, North Andover, Rennes, Viterbo and Zaragoza gather on the steps across from SYA's Viterbo campus for a group photo on the last day of the conference.
Following the Conference on Teaching and Learning Abroad in Viterbo, SYA hosted two adult enrichment courses: Cultural Heritage in France and Geopolitics of Spain. Above, participants in the cultural heritage course tour Art Deco Rennes with mosaic specialist Capucine Lemaître.
The geopolitics participants explore the rich history of Cádiz, Spain with SYA's Antonio López Piña.
The SYA Summer five-week experience for rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade high school students kicked off in June across our campuses in Beijing, Rennes and Zaragoza. Pictured above is the Class of SYA China: Summer 2019.
Visiting the Lama Temple, Beijing
Mandarin language class taught by Tie Jiao
Host family dinner
Sharing music with host families
Hiking the less-traveled portions of the Great Wall of China
Learning the art of calligraphy
Learning how to play Mahjong
Visiting the Lama Temple, Beijing
SYA France: Summer students Exploring Fort La Latte, Plévenon, France
The view near Fort La Latte
The Class of SYA France: Summer 2019
SYA France cooking class
SYA France's Severine Bordeau, presenting a Loire Valley
SYA Spain: Summer students Kayaking the Ebro in Zaragoza
Traveling outside Zaragoza
SYA Spain cooking class
Flamenco show in Madrid, Spain
Exploring the Ebro River