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Ashley Hall, the only independent girls’ school in South Carolina and located in Charleston, has achieved the global distinction of being selected as one of only 50 schools in the world to participate in the Google for Education initiative Project Culture Shift to design a “culture of innovation” for the future. Led by Ashley Hall’s new director of innovation, Edward Dougherty, Ashley Hall students and teachers will collaborate with partners around the globe to imagine and design curricula and learning environments to foster innovation in the future.

As the school prepares for its 110-year anniversary in April 2019, the Project Culture Shift builds on Ashley Hall’s reputation of preparing girls to lead in a highly connected global society. Ashley Hall will become part of a global learning network, connecting with other schools around the world to identify and recommend ideas and processes to promote a culture of innovation in the classroom. It is one of only two independent girls’ schools named to the list. 

The Google initiative is part of the school’s ongoing investment in innovation, led by Dougherty, a former technology integration specialist for the Charleston County School District. With extensive experience in technology-enabled tools and innovative learning strategies, he will accelerate the school’s emphasis on the critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills that have enduring value in the workplace and society.

“Ashley Hall students are acquiring the skills and strategies they’ll need over the next 40 years, not just the next four years after graduation. We are using technology and innovative teaching practices in new ways to deepen students’ learning and enable the confident, independent thinking for which Ashley Hall students are known,” Dougherty said.(Credit: Moultrie News)