Summer, 2017: Sven was able to take a Master Class with John Hunter and become a World Peace Game facilitator after the full week’s training in Charlottesville, VA. Sharing this with the entire fifth grade back at Brookwood will be a tremendous opportunity for Holch and Brookwood's students.
2012-present: Rubik's Cube School Ambassador Award received by Sven Holch for his efforts in coordinating the 2nd Annual 'You Can Do the Cube' New England Rubik's Cube Challenge. Read more. Holch has brought the Rubik's Cube program to the 5th grade math curriculum and brought an award winning team to the 1st Annual New England Rubik's Cube Challenge at the Museum of Science in Boston, MA in 2011. The next year, he was integral in hosting the tournament at Brookwood School, where the newly expanded Lower Level elementary team placed 4th in the country! The original Upper Level came in 2nd place, shattering their time record from the year before! He continues to bring competitive teams to the Annual New England’s You Can Do the Cube tourneys hosted by Concord Middle School.
During the 2014-2015 school year, Holch and his fellow faculty led the 4th and 5th grades to answer the driving question, “Can we build a boat together that floats and holds 2 students?” With a nod to the interdisciplinary training from the Williams Mystic program as well as using gold standard practices for project based learning thanks to his work as the Amory Parker Co-Chair, Holch and his fellow teachers and students were able to convert a classroom into boatyard and succeed in answering that driving question! Read more, and scroll down for a brief overview video and a time lapse video of the successful completion and launch! Also, were honored to make into the Launchings section of the Wooden Boat Magazine and have our video featured on Off-Center Harbor’s website.
2012-2014: Amory Parker Chair, Brookwood School named Sven Holch and Rich Lehrer the recipients. They are honored with this award and tasked with promoting faculty professional growth. Holch and Lehrer focused primarily on project-based learning and engaged their faculty in a number of innovative workshops including an inaugural Faculty/Staff Design Challenge. Additionally, the two travelled to Rwanda and Uganda in the summer of 2013 to deepen their ties with the FAWE Girl's School in Rwanda as well as continuing the school's work on the Global Efficient Cookstove Education project with the Kasiisi Project schools in Uganda.
Massachusetts 2012 Secretary's Award for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education was presented to Sven Holch and Dr. Henry Oettinger of the Brookwood School. They were honored for their years of efforts in facilitating a Coastal Stewardship Program in which their 5th graders collect data in partnership with Salem Sound Coastwatch. The data collection is also in collaboration with Deep Creek Middle School of Eleuthra, Bahamas. To read more and see the students in action (page 30), or watch the Vimeo video.
2012 Northeast Regional Conference on Social Studies, “Connecting Students to Their Past.” Presented by Nancy Hayward, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum and Gardens; Sandra Trenholm, Curator and Collection Director, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Sven Holch, Brookwood School, Manchester, MA; exploring the documents from the collections of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
“Appleseeds,” A Cobblestone Publication Advisory Board Member: Sven Holch Social Studies Department Coordinator, Brookwood School, Manchester, MA.
Massachusetts Historical Society Swensrud Fellow researching primary resources in the collections of MHS. Sven Holch's summer fellowship resulted in the multidisciplinary, thematic-based curriculum, "The Power of Words: 18th Century Broadsides" targeting 3rd-5th Graders in Massachusetts. More information about the curriculum and fellowships.