Middle School history teachers Kori Brown and Emily Lesko, along with Middle School science teacher Mario Masso, presented “Fords Focus Days: Teaching Character Development Through Nontraditional Methods” to more than 70 educators around the world at the 2019 International Boys’ Schools Coalition Conference (IBSC) in Montreal, Quebec, in June.
The presentation focused on how The Haverford School incorporates nontraditional teaching days, called “Fords Focus Days,” which allow students to explore and practice personal responsibility, leadership skills, and global citizenship.
Fords Focus Days in Haverford’s Middle School include two signature programs: Minimester and Xcursion Days.
Minimester is an annual four-day workshop in the spring in which students hear from guest speakers and engage in grade-specific panels focusing on being agents of change, good leaders, and globally aware citizens. During Xcursion Days, students engage in three days of immersive workshops, from bread making and live-action role play, to sports psychology and documentary filmmaking.
The teachers said: “The Focus Days have been growing each year, and we wanted to inspire other boys’ schools by showing them how we teach life skills in non-traditional ways. The Focus Days program will benefit from the feedback that we received from our fellow experts in boys’ education.”