The Center for Learning Through Action
Who We Are
The Center for Learning Through Action facilitates experiential opportunities to deepen student learning, support faculty initiatives, and cultivate engagement with our broader community.
NMH has had a long and proud history of providing a distinctive and holistic education to a diverse student body. The Center for Learning Through Action (CLA) continues our school’s tradition and long-standing reputation as an innovative, forward-thinking educational leader.
In support of the school's mission to “engage the intellect, compassion and talents of our students, empowering them to act with humanity and purpose," the CLA coordinates the efforts of NMH’s experiential programs and initiatives, which include the Global Engagement Office, the Work program, the Farm Program, Service Learning, Outdoor Outreach, the Social Entrepreneurship program, and Sustainability Education.
With programs centering around themes of global and community engagement, service, social entrepreneurship, environmental stewardship and sustainability, and the value of hands-on hard work, the CLA serves as NMH’s hub for the provision and development of an innovative hybrid of place-based, experiential, global, and service learning initiatives.
The CLA works to engage faculty, staff and students in collaborative initiatives to create innovative, engaged, and transformative learning and teaching experiences. It is our goal to design opportunities that promote a more well-rounded and coherent educational experience for our students and inspire them to think in terms of systems rather than subjects.
The NMH farm is a small, diversified operation that has been a part of school life since 1879. It is where many of our most cherished values — curiosity, hard work, creativity, and stewardship — come together. Our educational farm serves as a science lab, a work-project site, and even a place to practice a bit of entrepreneurship. The farm is also the source of some of the delicious fresh food served in our dining hall.
- Jake Morrow, Farm Program Director
- Jeff Mott, Farm Assistant
Global Engagement Office (GEO)
The Global Engagement Office (GEO) supports a comprehensive global education and services program consisting of domestic and international study-away programs, international student support and services, and globally themed programming. GEO strives to inspire a globally informed and compassionate community, and to be attentive to the needs and interests of our diverse, multinational, and multicultural student body.
- Angela Yang-Handy, Dean of Global, Experiential, and Community Engagement
- Jensi Rovang, administrator, Study Abroad and Experiential Programs
- Tami Brunelle, International Student Program Coordinator
- Aviel Valenzuela, coordinator, Global Ambassador Program
Outdoor Outreach, Outdoor Program
The Outdoor Program has two main areas of focus: Outdoor Team and Outdoor Outreach. The Outdoor Team involves girls and boys from novice to expert in activities such as mountain biking, canoeing, off-road triathlons, road biking, and stand-up-paddle boarding. The team meets in the fall and spring terms, and participants receive an athletic credit. Outdoor Outreach supports important school activities such as freshman and sophomore orientations, Mountain Day, the Source To Sea Connecticut River Cleanup, community ice skating, the Student Activities Program, and academic year and summer programming for NMH special-interest groups.
- Steve Allison, Director of the Outdoor Program
The Service-Learning Program facilitates meaningful service experiences that encourage students and the NMH community at large to make a positive impact in their local and global communities. Service-learning opportunities at NMH are organized around three core programs: community engagement, student-led global initiatives, and service travel. Through these experiences, our students begin to understand the complex challenges of communities near and far, and how they can be agents of change.
- Kensey Batchelder, Director of Work and Service Learning
- Atta Kurzmann, Service-Learning Program Coordinator
Social Entrepreneurship Program
The Social Entrepreneurship Program at NMH includes academic courses, workshops, outside speakers, and conferences. The cornerstone of the program is our selective, year-long Rhodes Fellowship Course, in which juniors develop the skills necessary to launch their own enterprises. Social entrepreneurship is in line with our mission and our school’s greater vision of “education in action.” Students actively engaged in social entrepreneurship are also inherently focused on “resilience, sustainability, and citizenship.”
- Grant Gonzalez, Director of the Social Entrepreneurship Program
Sustainability Education, Office of Sustainability
The NMH Office of Sustainability guides students as they learn how to be effective and engaged stewards of environmental, social, and economic resources. Educational sustainability programs such as the Collaborative Curriculum Project, Farmers' Market Teach-In, Green Cup Challenge, and Ecoleaders make our campus a vibrant living laboratory. The school's curriculum, operations, policy, and culture all hold sustainability as a central tenet, helping our community to protect the integrity of future generations' quality of life.
- Becca Malloy, Director of Sustainability
The Work Program is a cornerstone feature of an NMH education. At NMH, all students, as stated in our mission, “participate equally in the daily work of the school so that they may cultivate a respect for the dignity of labor and service to the community both within and beyond the school.” Students and adults work together daily to provide essential work to the school community. Participation in this work by all students on campus has been an integral component of the curriculum since the founding of the school, and remains a graduation requirement.
- Kensey Batchelder, Director of Work and Service Learning
At this annual event, students participate in, learn about, and reflect on a range of hands-on activities. This event underscores the many ways the seven CLA programs support NMH’s mission to empower students to act with humanity and purpose — on campus, in the local community, and as they travel around the globe. See the photo album, and read the news story.
Center for Learning Through Action
Social Hall, Garden Level
Northfield Mount Hermon School
One Lamplighter Way, Mount Hermon, MA 01354