The Gilman Study
What is The Study?
The Gilman Study serves as a designated space for unique learning opportunities. With nearly 4,000 square feet of space on Parish’s Midway campus, The Study is a hub for professional growth and personal development programming for our parents, students, alumni and educators. Designed to complement Parish’s core academic and signature programs, The Study is a place where people can hone new skills, explore new topics or areas of interest, and have real-time access to the help they need. The Study’s personalized learning experiences are designed to help both students and adult learners thrive.
Why was The Study created?
The Study represents a natural evolution in Parish’s innovative thinking to promote learning experiences that feature high student engagement and facilitate the love of learning amongst people both within and beyond the Parish community. The Study provides a space for people to both grow their talents and pursue new knowledge and skills.
What programs will The Study host?
- Personal growth and wellness
- Leadership and strengths-based coaching
- Academic topics (i.e. financial literacy and cyber security)
- Arts programming (i.e. photography)
- Opportunities for people to pursue certificates and credentialing in a wide variety of areas
Parish Virtual is a platform for blended learning. Students are able to complete courses for credit through a combination of both in person and online coursework and class attendance.
Parish Lab is a resource for 3rd through 12th grade students to develop mindsets, learning styles and strengths, and practice study skills through application and exploration.
Parish Link assists families by connecting parents and students to qualified, fully-screened academic coaches.
Parish Drives offers a convenient online class paired with in-car instruction that can be completed during your child’s lunch and free periods.
The Study represents a natural evolution in Parish’s innovative thinking about how to promote learning experiences that feature high student engagement. Too often, learners today – regardless of age – have come to accept the acquisition of new knowledge and skills as rote and transactional. We learn to get the grade, which ensures that we receive the degree, that helps us secure the job. The “bureaucracy of learning,” characterized by transcripts, credit hours and training requirements, trumps the “love of learning” that we feel when we pursue something about which we are deeply curious and passionate. We have launched The Study to be a tonic for the emotional and intellectual detachment that ails too much of present-day learning experiences.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
It’s a question I dreaded hearing while I was growing up. And, if I’m honest, it’s a question I still hate as an adult. I love learning – I always have and suspect I always will. Give me a new book to read, a new concept to learn, or a new skill to build, and I am a happy woman. Do I have to commit to one area of expertise? Do we really have to pigeon-hole ourselves into one area of interest?Read more about the purpose and vision for The Study
Director of The Gilman Study
Megan is the Director of The Gilman Study and is in her 10th year at Parish. She is responsible for creating innovative programming that we offer through The Study. She also works closely with the Directors of Parish Virtual, Parish Lab, Parish Link, and Parish Drives. Megan holds a B.A. in French and International Relations from Bucknell University, a M.A. in French from Bowling Green State University, and a M.A. in Private School Leadership from Columbia University.