Fredericksburg Parent

June 2019

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14 Fredericksburg Parent and Family • June 2019 [ Amie Canter, Founder of Advanced Concepts for a Better Future, is paving the way for a positive change in education. Through school and community partnerships with The Merit Schools, she is evolving elementary education to meet the needs of today's generation of students. For the 2019-2020 school year, three private schools throughout Northern Virginia are combining their initiatives for change with Advanced Concepts for a Better Future. United for CHANGE sponsored material For a full listing of Advanced Concept locations, grade levels offered and chosen Advanced Concepts for the 2019-2020 school year, please visit! At each Advanced Concepts location, classrooms are designed with a unique Advanced Concept that will invite students to discover the possibilities of the future. In combination with high quality curricu- lum that meets the Virginia Standards of Learning, students will go beyond the basics with an exciting and challenging environment that will fuel their hunger for learning. Teachers will have rich and fulfill- ing class lessons that will inspire learning beyond the classroom and into the community. In each classroom, there will be a myriad of community partnership possibilities that will match their chosen Advanced Concept and support their classroom learning goals. With a positive learning environ- ment that embraces each student, committed teachers that utilize evolved teaching methodologies, leadership staff that believe in change, and a community of professionals that are partnered for a better future, we are breaking free of the past and building a stronger future for the students we serve. Over the past four school years, several community businesses, hospitals, doctor's offices and uni- versities have partnered with Advanced Concepts for a Better Future to make change possible. The University of Mary Washington's Jepson Science Center houses several amazing science programs led by committed professors that have welcomed Advanced Concepts students with open arms. We'd like to thank Dr. Leanna Giancarlo for her continued commitment to supporting our programs with regular school visits and hosting our students in her chemistry lab. Dr. Parrish Waters, Dr. Deborah O'Dell, Dr. Joanna Killian, Ms. Sarah Morealli have also provided incredible support to expanding our science based Advanced Concepts. As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close, we are thrilled that our UMW partnership will expand with the help of Dr. James Brooks Kuykendall who is currently the Music Department Chair. [ Through this unique pedagogy that allows students to make decisions and engage fully in their own learning… I am impressed at the tremendous strides these elementary school students have made in their own education." - Dr. Giancarlo How ree Schools Are Building A Brighter Future For Education Today "

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