Clubs at CH-CH Provide Growth Opportunities Outside of the Classroom


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Clubs at CH-CH

An experienced educator, Cory Olcott holds an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and advanced degrees from both Stanford University and Harvard University. Cory Olcott draws on his background and training to serve as an educator at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School (CH-CH), where his responsibilities include overseeing the school’s student clubs.

Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, CH-CH is a college preparatory school that offers its students opportunities to pursue interests outside of the classroom. School-sponsored clubs run the gamut of interests from gardening to improv. CH-CH also maintains groups like the Students of Color Alliance and the Gay/Straight Alliance, through which members can discuss and raise awareness about issues facing these groups.

In addition to fostering an inclusive environment, CH-CH’s clubs help students to develop their talents, forge relationships, and build confidence and self-esteem. Joined with CH-CH’s academic curriculum, the clubs aim to shape students into well-rounded members of society.


Online Learning Trends

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Online Learning

A graduate of Harvard University with an EdM in school leadership, Cory Olcott has taught at multiple schools in Massachusetts and California. Cory Olcott is particularly interested in online learning, a field that is constantly evolving. Following are few trends that are changing the online learning landscape.

Smarter use of data. The prevalence of data in today’s e-learning environment allows teachers to use data to tailor instruction according to each student’s needs. Educators can use students’ test results to fine-tune their lessons and help students in areas where they struggle.

Two-way communication. Educators have the ability to gather feedback on the content they deliver. Teachers can leverage surveys and questionnaires to ask students about areas in which they need assistance. Teachers can then adapt their strategies to meet students’ needs.

Microlearning. A strategy that recently has grown exponentially, microlearning allows students to learn on their own schedule and at their own pace. Microlearning emphasizes content delivery in short, focused sessions to maintain students’ attention and help them master specific concepts.

Harvard University’s Incoming Class of 2021

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An experienced coach and educator, Cory Olcott serves as an assistant coach for the Harvard University men’s water polo team. Cory Olcott holds an EdM in school leadership from Harvard, which recently announced the results of its selection process for the class of 2021.

For the incoming freshman class in the fall of 2017, Harvard University received a record number of 39,506 applications. Of these, the university has accepted 2,056 students. Of particular note is the continued rise in students from African-American and Asian-American backgrounds, as well as first-generation students, who make up 15.1 percent of the incoming class.

A diverse group, the class of 2021 has the following makeup: 49.2 percent are women, 22.2 percent Asian-American, 14.6 percent African-American, 11.6 percent Latino, 1.9 percent Native American, and 0.5 percent Native Hawaiian. Dedicated to educating students of all income levels, Harvard provides need-based assistance to most of its students. The school ensures that students from families with an annual income of $65,000 or less pay nothing toward their education.