Twenty-two Grade 10 students answered the call to investigate four issues central to their core experiences at school. SPARC empowers students to flex their leadership, collaboration and communication skills while honing their research strategies. In the process, they strive to make positive changes to school culture by revealing the ‘hidden curriculum’ at schools; namely, the student perspective.
Four research teams explored areas of study relating to relationships and well-being. They travelled to the University of Philadelphia in April 2023 to present their findings at the SPARC roundtable along with 80+ colleagues from nine other independent schools. This cohort of boys will have the opportunity to submit their research or reflections on the research process to be published in the newly formed SPARC Research Journal in the coming months. This is the third year we have participated in SPARC and Crescent is the only Canadian school in the consortium.
This was the CCBE's second year participating in SPARC. 15 Grade 10 boys committed to weekly meetings and 4 research retreats throughout the year to brainstorm, develop, research and report on two separate projects in service of amplifying student voice in the intentional of improving overall school culture.
Eleven Grade 10 boys did research throughout the 2020-2021 school year on topics to enhance overall school culture. Our connection to SPARC facilitated this research program and provided the opportunity for our boys to present their findings at a North American roundtable in April of 2021. Research posters can be found below.