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Norton Family Center for the Common Good

Exploring and practicing "the best self and the common good."

The Norton Family Center for the Common Good encourages in students an expanded understanding of their roles as citizens in a diverse democracy and fosters an active, engaged approach to citizenship in our global society. Providing programs, resources and support in classroom and extra-curricular experiences, the Center inspires students to identify, create, and sustain ideas and actions on behalf of the common good in local-to-global contexts. The Center’s curricular and community activities support the school’s mission which exhorts Loomis Chaffee students to serve “the best self and the common good.”

Throughout the year, freshmen participate in the CCG Freshman Seminars, often co-facilitated by upperclassmen. School-wide Dialogues in the Common Good center on themes drawn from school, local, national, or world issues, while bi-weekly class meetings feature Talks in the Common Good, personal narratives or position statements which illuminate the theme of “the common good.”

The Center for Common Good also actively supports and collaborates with Community Service, the Community Work Program, the Center for Global Studies, and the emerging Agriculture Program.

The Norton Center for the Common Good enjoys the good counsel and enthusiastic support of a Faculty Advisory Board as well as a Student Committee in the Common Good. Meet the directors.

Recent Dialogues, Freshman Seminars, and Other Programs

Award-winning film director Melissa Donovan LC '81 will return to the Island for a special showing of her latest film, Zemene.
Through readings, personal narratives, and film, students will extend the energy and lessons of the MLK Convocation through engagement in their Freshman Seminar classes.
Key administrators will demystify the course selection process for our youngest Pelicans.
The New York Times Editorial Board provided our seminar students with a wide array of issues and conundrums as we reviewed their fifteen "most noteworthy stories" from 2014.
The Fall Convocation featuring "The King of Tibet" sparked an appetite for continued discussion about Tibet as well as about the specific challenges and opportunities inherent in sharing international perspectives with our international population.
In collaboration with PRISM, students and faculty gathered to sustain our community's discussion, reflection, and learning from the tragedy in Ferguson.

The Norton Family Center for the Common Good and the student organization PRISM (People Rising In Support of Multiculturalism) co-sponsored a Dialogue in the Common Good this week regarding the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. Loomis Chaffee students, faculty, and staff members filled Founders Lounge to share their views and discuss the implications for our greater community.

Scott MacClintic ’82, instructor of microbiology and director of the Kravis Center for Excellence in Teaching, is presenting an engaging lesson in Freshman Seminars this month titled, “Study Smarter – Not Harder.”

Each week, sixteen students- four each from the sophomore and junior classes and eight seniors- meet in the Center to plan and follow through on special projects across the school.
This June, the Center for Global Studies and the Center for Common Good are partnering to send Loomis Chaffee students to South Africa to learn about the country's dynamic cultural identity and its complex historical past.

CCG Events

9/11 - Dialogue on Ferguson, co-sponsored by PRISM

9/26
 - Westminster Teaching Symposium
Learning in Service: Theory and Practice - Al Freihofer presented the work of The Norton Center to attendees gathered for the purpose of sharing best practices in service learning and social engagement. Video

10/3 - Talks in the Common Good 

10/15 - Community Service Day
The CCG will host 15 students in a day-long exploration of the power of advocacy through research, analysis, fashioning a position statement, and initiating action.  

10/15 -  CCG Dialogue in the Common Good: The Dance Culture at Loomis Chaffee

10/17 -  Parents’ Weekend: Center for the Common Good Open House

10/31 - Talks in the Common Good


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