The Boys Lab

Innovative Programs

Shadow and Share Program
A faculty member shadows an FCDS student to gain a deeper understanding of what that boy’s day looks and feels like. The student and teacher will have an opportunity to connect and debrief on their shared experience and observations.  Not only will respectful relationships develop in this process, but students will witness that teachers themselves are always learning to improve their craft. Teachers benefit from walking away with a new perspective that may enhance and provide ideas to modify their own teaching practices. This program is an excellent opportunity for new faculty, and each participant’s insights will prove to be invaluable in strengthening our learning community.
PD in the Moment 
It is easy to attend professional development workshops and walk away with a library full of research-based tips, strategies, and best practices. However, when it comes time to implement and apply these practices, it can be extremely challenging given the dynamic and diverse needs of students in any given classroom. Effectively executing and implementing these practices is harder than it looks.  PD in the Moment is a program where teachers can receive coaching from one of our team specialists who come into the classroom to observe, identify obstacles, brainstorm and work together to offer perspectives and feedback that can reduce challenges and improve faculty balance and wellness. 

Fireside Chats
A parent education and support program that occurs monthly.  We welcome parents and guardians to campus in the newly-designed Sullinger Center where The Boys Lab team provides information and strategy sessions surrounding specific topics, including the challenges that parents of boys face today.  It is a space for open dialogue where parents can share experiences or ask questions and specialists can offer guidance.   

FCDS Findings
  • Throughout the year, interested K-9 students will have the opportunity to develop surveys, collect and analyze data, draw conclusions and create action plans on various issues important to them in the FCDS community.  Students have an opportunity to be leaders who seek to bring about change using a collaborative process with support and guidance from The Boys Lab.
  • A Meta-Moment is an FCDS Finding about one’s awareness about their thoughts.  We want to celebrate the metacognitive processes that boys will be experiencing throughout their journey with us.  We want them to model how powerful and helpful these metacognitive moments can be, and how useful it can be for other students.  “What works for me when…?” and “What did I notice when…?” are two driving questions that students will begin to uncover as they face academic and social challenges throughout their day.  

Fairfield Country Day School (FCDS) is a private, all-boys day school in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Founded in 1936 by Laurence W. Gregory, the school has admitted only boys since its inception. As per our mission: Fairfield Country Day School provides an educational community dedicated to the development of impactful young leaders of character and purpose; ready to face the everyday challenges and pivotal turning points of their lifetime with confidence, courage and compassion. Its balanced and challenging program is designed to help each student expand his desire and ability to acquire knowledge, capture his imagination, stimulate his curiosity and creativity, and enhance his self-esteem and respect for others. Each boy’s individual growth is encouraged in an environment that anticipates the future while appreciating the past.

FCDS admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

FCDS is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status.