Dr. Hicks has been the president of Stevenson School since 2015. Raised on the Monterey Peninsula, he graduated from Stevenson in 1985. Prior to returning to Stevenson, from 2010 to 2015, he served as dean of faculty and then head of school at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT. From 2005 to 2010, he served as dean of Berkeley College at Yale University, where he also taught in the English department. Over the course of his thirty-year career, he has taught, served as an administrator and admissions officer, and coached at a range of other schools and universities, including Princeton University, Brown University, Boston University, Trinity College, Bennington College, Endicott College, Wellesley High School, Middlesex School, Avon Old Farms, and The Peddie School. Dr. Hicks received his BA in religious studies from Yale University (1989) and a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University (2005). He and his wife Cornelia [...]
Teaching Teachers Technique: Lower School Faculty Participate in Orton-Gillingham, Structured Literacy Workshop
In August, all lower division faculty participated in a workshop focused on the Orton-Gillingham method: an approach to teaching literacy based on a comprehensive body of research that has revealed how we learn to read. The workshop, created by the Institute for Multi-sensory Education (IMSE), was directed by Amy Gulley, a dyslexia specialist.
This year, Stevenson Robotics students participated in their first-ever Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center ROV (remote-operated vehicle) competition. Students designed and constructed an ROV, submitted technical documentation about their project, delivered engineering presentations to STEM professionals who serve as judges, created poster displays that explain their ROV design, and described the real-world problem the ROV is supposed to solve. This year’s participants were tasked to design and build an ROV that would address plastic pollution, global warming, coral bleaching, or the management of healthy waterways. Students on the RLS team came from a range of grade levels and academic interests. They worked together virtually for the majority of the year. For the seven consecutive Saturdays prior to the competition, eight dedicated team members worked full days together in person—then, in the two weeks leading up to the event, they met every day. To accommodate the School’s academic calendar, [...]