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What conditions are necessary for students to take risks and stick to their convictions to see something through even when it may be unpopular or difficult for the benefit of a greater good or themselves?

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Ayla Gavins

Curriculum, Instruction, and Innovation Coordinator

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BACKGROUND

Ayla began her teaching career in the suburbs of Boston and continued with the Boston Public Schools where she taught ages 7-14 for six years at Mission Hill School. Under the guidance of Deborah Meier, Mission Hill School Founder,  she received her school administrative license from the Principal Residency Network. Ayla began what would become 17 years of administrative service as Academy Director at Orchard Gardens followed by a principalship at the Mission Hill School, a progressive, inclusive, and democratic Boston Public Pilot school. She is currently the co-director of the Farm School in Athol, MA, and a Curriculum, Instruction, and Innovation Coordinator at NEIA.

She has connected with a global audience of educators through a variety of educational networks, presentations, school visitations, conference engagements, digital presence, and in writing.

EDUCATION

B.A. Boston University, School of Education; M.A. Northeastern, Graduate School of Education

WHAT SHE’D WHISPER IN THE EAR OF HER 15-YEAR-OLD SELF

The time you spend with family is special. Make time to get to know your extended family. Do fun things together while sharing stories. Intergenerational conversation, love, and respect can help us all become better people.

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