Behind the Scenes of the Biomimicry Unit

This unit was developed by Hillbrook Middle School Science Teacher Brian Ravizza, in partnership with the Scott Center.DESCRIPTION:This Spring, the seventh grade embarked on a biomimicry unit that asked them to apply nature-inspired design to some of the…

Sneak Peak: Community Garden Design Project

Sixth graders Joshua and Justin present their community design to their classmates.This unit was developed by Hillbrook Sixth-Grade English Teacher, Jenn Gingery, in partnership with the Scott Center.DESCRIPTION:After students in sixth-grade English read Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman,…

Behind the Scenes of the Social Impact Marketplace

by Clara Ngo, Hillbrook Hub Maker and Design Teacher, Annie Makela, Scott Center Director, and Fiona Maloney-McCrystle, Scott Center Program AssociateOn the afternoon of Friday, October 29, the edge of the first- and second-grade playground was abuzz with activity.…

Sneak Peak: Empowerful Girls Lesson

CONTEXTThe Scott Center Empowerful Girls camp is designed to support second to fourth graders in identifying and articulating through words, art, and collaboration what makes them feel empowered + powerful (empowerful!). With daily themes like education, sports, activism, and…

Art as Activism in Clarion Alley

This fall, the Scott Center team has been co-teaching a Reach Beyond Block each Tuesday afternoon alongside the DEI team and sixth-grade team. The block, titled “Identity and Impact,” is based on a sixth-grade elective taught last year by Scott…

Process and Product

by Matt Callahan, Associate Director of the Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship“Smile occasionally. Your subjects are serious, but the occasional smile expresses empathy and makes us want to care about what you’re saying,” wrote Mary Hammers to the keynote…

A Short Overview of SIL

by Mark Silver, Head of Hillbrook SchoolWhat happens when you ask a group of 8th graders to build upon the experience they have gained through several years of reach beyond programming by enrolling them in a yearlong, core academic…

Behind the Scenes of Reach Beyond Week with the Scott Center

The Hillbrook Reach Beyond program was launched in partnership with the Scott Center in 2017 to encourage students to reach beyond themselves and make a difference in the world. Hillbrook students participate in Reach Beyond Block courses throughout the year…