Dream. Dare. Do. Courses (D3)
Dream. Dare. Do. (D3) periods are dedicated blocks of time for students to explore interests and pursue emerging passions. D3 periods were developed based on Laurel’s Center for Research Girls (LCRG) research that demonstrates the power of purpose in multiple measures of students' well-being. Additionally, students optimize the time to create meaningful leadership opportunities and student-designed initiatives.
Combining Adventure Learning and Leadership, students explore the Butler Campus and local parks and adventure destinations. The focus is on leadership, adventure, nature, the environment and the Butler Campus. The participants will help design the experience that involves being outside throughout the year!
Girls in Creative Writing participate in a variety of writing activities to allow them space and time to pursue their interest in writing and to hone their writing skills. Students in this course read selections of literature and discuss them, work independently on projects of their choosing (both short- and long-term pieces), spend time revising work, and participate in informal and formal feedback conversations about writing.
Gender in Speech Research Project
This D3 requires an application. Students accepted into this research project will conduct a literature review, analyze data, and write papers about the relationship between gender and judges' analysis of speech and debate contestants. Research papers from this group’s work have been accepted into academic journals.
Laurel's Political Magazine
Laurel’s student-led domestic, foreign, and social justice magazine is designed to allow Laurel students to express their opinions about key political and social issues that they often don’t have time to talk about in depth. Girls express their concern about America’s healthcare, criticize or applaud an aspect of United States foreign policy, delve into major social divides, provide summaries of current events and more. Students write articles, brainstorm columns, help publish and more.
Students gain a behind-the-scenes look at putting on a large-scale music festival, learning about everything from securing talent to marketing and PR. Students also are integral during the two-day music festival held on the Butler Campus, participating in a variety of activities including talent management and sales.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “Students of the Year”
In partnership with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) girls are involved in raising awareness and funds to research cures for blood cancers. Students see first-hand the challenging reality of people fighting blood cancers and the research that is being done to help them. They learn how to raise consciousness by educating themselves and our community in collaboration with LLS. Students who participate in this D3 take time out of regular school-day programming during the seven-week campaign in January and February that culminates in the Grand Finale celebration of “Students of the Year” dinner and dance.
One Coffee Circle
Students in this exciting entrepreneurial opportunity learn all about the coffee business via Laurel’s student-led coffee company. They explore and learn how to purchase fair trade beans, roast and package them, advertise them to the community at large, sell the bagged beans and more.
Service Learning Experience
Service Learning (Level 1): Girls engage in various volunteer opportunities in Northeast Ohio that connect them with people from places like animal shelters, nursing homes and interests they choose to understand how non-profit organizations work, and more importantly, how they meet the needs of the people they serve and what the girls can do to help--both in the short term and toward long-term systemic change.
Service-Learning (Level 2): This in-depth experience gives students the opportunity to spend time at one location as a long-term volunteer commitment to learn that organization’s mission and culture, and how resources are acquired to meet their specific needs. Or, it is also an opportunity for a leadership role to help direct the experience of Service-Learning Level 1 by helping to guide fellow students in developing the fundamental skills of self-awareness, active-listening and empathy.
STEM Research Experience
Girls use this time to work on developing and conducting a set of experiments that explore a research question of their choice in one or more of the four STEM fields--science, technology, engineering and mathematics. At the same time, students work to improve research skills and understand what research really means. Students may also be able to prepare for regional and state science competitions, such as the Northeast Ohio Science Fair.
Student Investment Committee
Student-run in partnership with a member of Laurel’s Board of Trustees, this group learns about the basics of finance and investing and uses its knowledge to strategically invest $10,000. .
Student Technology Innovation and Collaboration
A hands-on study of technology integration in an educational context. Students are required to assess problem sets and define the best approach to address or solve the problem. In addition to solving problems for students and teachers, students are required to complete and maintain several running projects that address problems or solutions in educational technology integration. This D3 also provides students with the opportunity to pursue an independent learning pathway in one of four areas--innovation, design, entrepreneurship or applications--and develop a project which positively impacts their community. Students collaborate with outside businesses and organizations as they develop and implement their projects.
Students choose a community-based or national lens for their social justice theater production. The productions showcase the stories of real people, real issues and authentic storytelling. Girls interview members of the community, research the greater context, and then do the playwriting for the theatrical script. Second semester consists of fine-tuning the script and participating in acting workshops which culminate in the staging of a full production for performance.
Visual Art Studio Time
Students go on several field trips to nearby art museums and galleries where they gain inspiration for their own investigations and creative pursuits. On studio days there is the opportunity to explore ideas and try new materials. Collaboration is allowed and encouraged, but students are free to work on their own to develop a small body of work or design an installation.
Laurel Leaves Yearbook
Students on the Yearbook staff gain practical experience in page design and layout, photography, sales, and publishing as they work all year to produce Laurel School’s yearbook that summarizes the year of Laurel students from Pre-Primary through Twelfth Grade.
Please note: Girls may also choose to use their D3 time for Capstone and Protege Internships.