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Issue Four

Dear Readers,

Another academic year has come to a close at Campus School, inspiring us to reflect on all that we have learned– as students, teachers, and staff– within and beyond our classroom walls. In this fourth issue of The Lab School: A Journal of Insight & Inquiry from Campus School of Smith College, we share with you the ways in which teachers and students have worked to bring “the outside in” and “the inside out” by engaging with and integrating community resources into curricula.

From third grade river poetry to creative dramatics in Spanish class; community engagement in chorus, to the voices of Campus School alumni, this issue reveals the connections that make Campus School great. As Graeham Dodd, Director of Curriculum & Innovation at Campus School, so eloquently shares in her personal narrative published in this issue, learning is fueled by “People who saw something in us, people who taught us, people who changed us.”

We invite you to celebrate those people as you read through this issue, and we wish you a wonderful summer vacation.


Brittany Collins ’08
Sam Intrator, Professor of Education and Child Study
Rosetta Marantz Cohen, Professor of Education and Child Study

Co-founders of The Lab School journal

Alex Webb ’08 on Her Path to Environmental Education - Alex Webb graduated from Campus School in 2008. She received her Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA. She now is an environmental educator and plans on continuing… ... Continue Reading
Kennel Dogs and K-12 Classes: Caitlin Santos ’90 on Her Adventures in Alaska - Caitlin Santos ‘90 inherited the “teaching gene”: her grandparents were educators, as is her father (Smith professor John Brady), two aunts, and several cousins, and her mother, Nancy Brady, spent many years… ... Continue Reading
On Teaching: A Personal Narrative from Campus School Curriculum Director Graeham Dodd, ’08, MAT ’10 - Graeham Dodd is the Director of Curriculum Design & Innovation at Campus School. She graduated from Smith College in 2008 and from the Smith Master of Arts in Teaching program in 2010.… ... Continue Reading
Campus School Chorus: A Connector to Community - “Everyone take a deep breath and relax into the song,” Cindy Naughton tells a gymnasium filled with Campus School chorus members. “Let me hear your beautiful voices!” It is Wednesday at Campus… ... Continue Reading
Q&A with Geoff Moss ’96, Science Advisor to the Commander, Naval Submarine Forces - Mr. Geoffrey Moss ‘96 currently serves as the Science Advisor to the Commander, Naval Submarine Forces. In this role, he actively engages the broad Naval Research and Development Establishments, along with partners… ... Continue Reading
Creative Dramatics in the Campus School Spanish Classroom - At 9:30 in the morning on a gray day in early spring, the strumming of a guitar spills from the Spanish classroom at Campus School. Children are in their places on the… ... Continue Reading
River Poems: A Q&A with Cai Sherley (SC ’19) on Collaborating with Campus School 3rd Graders - Smith College senior Cai Sherley ‘19 designed and facilitated a series of poetry-writing workshops in Campus School third grade classrooms this semester, in collaboration with the Poetry Center, Campus School Curriculum Director,… ... Continue Reading