ACTIONS FOR INNOVATION
Karishma Galani and Aditya Parashar
Change is hard. Lasting change is harder, and 70% of change efforts fail in the end (Kotter, 2014). Any
time an organization brings wanted change to life, it is important to understand both how that change
came to be and how the change might have a lasting impact. At ASB one such change has been the
Intersessions program. The program consists of high quality enrichment and learning experiences that
ensure students remain engaged and continue to learn and grow when ‘regular’ school is not in session.
The Intersessions program began as a prototype in the Summer of 2013. The program was developed on
the basis of findings from our 2012 R&D Report on Alternative School Year Calendars that indicated that
learning loss and additional time re-teaching resulted when students spent extended time away from
school. The program offered courses that ranged in duration from two to three to six hours a day over a
period of one to two weeks. Hands-on-learning and interdisciplinary learning were also important
elements for the design of Intersessions courses. Equally important was providing a balanced learning
program where there were opportunities to learn across three different domains - Mind, Body, and Soul.
Below you’ll find the complete listing of courses that were provided during the 18 month prototype
(January 2013 to September 2014).
Students on their experience trip during the Photography