ESPERANZA ACADEMY is a tuition-free, independent middle school in the Episcopal tradition welcoming girls of diverse faiths, races and cultures from Lawrence, Massachusetts. Esperanza's mission is to inspire its students to become active learners and responsible global citizens. We empower and prepare our girls to meet challenges with courage, integrity, and respect.
The school is 100% privately funded and relies on the generosity of its donors.
Esperanza Academy’s Harvest of Hope Dinner & Auction Presents
A Fun and Inspirational Evening for A Great Cause
October Gala to Feature Keynote by former CNN Moscow Bureau Chief Jill Dougherty
LAWRENCE, MA –On Friday, October 24, Esperanza Academy will host its annual Harvest of Hope Dinner and Auction, beginning at 6:30 pm, at the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown, MA. The gala dinner, whose expected attendance is 300 people from around the Boston metro region, will feature a keynote by renowned former CNN International Correspondent Jill Dougherty, who has reported from more than 50 countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, and North Korea.
The Harvest of Hope will also honor Tom and Nancy Maher with the Rosalyn Kempton Wood Award for personifying “generosity of spirit and abiding commitment to education and the future of the young women of Lawrence, MA.” Event proceeds will benefit Esperanza Academy, a tuition free, independent middle school for underserved Lawrence girls that is 100 % privately funded.
A cocktail reception will kick off the evening’s festivities, followed by a silent auction, dinner, Ms. Dougherty’s keynote, and culminating with a live auction.
Ms. Dougherty, who joined CNN at its founding over three decades ago, served as CNN’s Moscow Bureau Chief, White House Correspondent, and Managing Editor of Asia/Pacific. Currently, she is a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and recently completed a fellowship at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. A self professed Russophile, she studied at Leningrad State University, and lived and worked in Russia in pursuit of understanding what Churchill called “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”
Mr. Maher, who was a founding trustee of the Academy in 2004, worked tirelessly to locate and renovate Esperanza’s current campus. He also became Esperanza’s second president of the Board of Trustees, during which he focused on building a strong financial plan for Esperanza’s future. Mrs. Maher worked on formal and informal events, such the annual dinner and auction and carwash fundraisers, as well as helping out in math classes, field trips, and wherever she was needed at the school. The Mahers also established the Maher Family Esperanza Academy Scholarship Fund.
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Esperanza Academy Implements iPads in the Classroom Program
Esperanza Academy rolled out an ambitious new program to integrate iPads into the classroom. The 1:1 iPad classroom program, which supplies iPads for all Esperanza students, will modernize and enhance the classroom experience for students, providing one-point access to textbooks, research and information resources, assignments, note taking, and new and engaging learning opportunities.
“Our iPad program provides a valuable teaching and learning tool to support our students’ critical thinking and creativity in and out of the classroom,” said Esperanza Academy Head of School Christopher H. Wilson. “ More critically, we are helping bridge the digital divide that puts our low-income students at a disadvantage. Many of our students, who do not have Internet access at home, will now be able to conduct research for a paper or look up information on their iPads during their homework hour at school. We are proud to empower our students with this access.”
While some may fear that adding tablets to the classroom will add yet another source of distraction for students, studies have found that iPad and tablet integration improves classroom learning, especially in the sciences. The Esperanza iPads are managed through a mobile device manager (MDM), a control center that administers users’ profiles, controls distribution of applications and books, restricts access to inappropriate content, and tracks the iPads’ whereabouts. The iPads are equipped with “Evergreen” applications, which are neither content nor grade-level specific, that allow students to create and demonstrate their understanding of ideas.
“We are thrilled to have access to technology that will help us better engage and motive students,” said Principal Sandi Pilt. “Some of the programs we will utilize transform the classroom into a multi-dimensional learning experience. As an educator, it’s exciting to help create a 21st-century learning environment at Esperanza Academy and help prepare and propel our students for success in the digital age.”
The iPad program is made possible through a generous grant from the Van Otterloo Family Foundation, a nonprofit trust that benefits educational institutions and related activities.