Innovator-in-Residence program

The ASL Innovator-in-Residence Program, launched in fall 2019, is an initiative to support innovative teaching and learning across all areas of the curriculum, made possible by the commitment of generous and visionary anonymous donors to the School. As a result of these gifts, students have direct access to innovative leaders in a diverse range of fields whose work complements and enhances the ASL approach to interdisciplinary studies.

Our first Innovator was Kwame Alexander, who is one of America’s most inventive and inspiring award-winning writers of children’s and young adult fiction and poetry. Kwame spent a fruitful year at ASL encouraging students to be authentic in their writing, to enhance their worldview, and to read, read, read, as well as presenting on several occasions to our parent community.

Donations to the program have made possible the appointment of a new Innovator in Residence or 2020-21, Daniel Raven-Ellilson, “guerilla geographer and creative explorer.” Daniel is already making an impression in classrooms at ASL, and we look forward to another successful year embracing this unique learning opportunity. Read more about this groundbreaking program at ASL.