September 8, 2017
Highlands Mission Continues To Ground Our Work
Highlands has grounded its work in our 20 year mission: to educate children in a safe, cooperative, and innovative environment while building long-term, collaborative relationships with families. We value everyone's right to learn, to have fun and to belong. Students, staff and parents all work together to create strong relationships based on open communication and respect for ourselves, each other and our environment. Each of us strives to be the best person that we can be. This is proudly displayed on the wall as you enter the building and on the website.
As I have mentioned, Highlands is an Ashoka Changemaker School. We are part of a global community of innovative public, private, and charter institutions that are reimagining how young people grow up. These schools come in many shades, shapes and sizes, and have different philosophical and pedagogical approaches. All Changemaker schools prioritize experiences that educate students to be empathetic, entrepreneurial, creative, and community-oriented leaders. Through innovations in school curricula, culture, and systems, Changemaker teachers and students are pioneering how education can cultivate an ecosystem of changemakers.
All of our work with students, staff and families focuses on one or more of these guiding principles and beliefs. As I organize the blog for this year, I am going to be sharing professional learning that we are focusing on here at Highlands. The four areas of ongoing professional learning this year are personalized learning, equity, math and Restitution/ Restorative Justice. Staff will be participating in learning every other week on one of these focus areas. I am committing to also share that learning through the Wonder Blog with the Highlands community. This will be a wonderful way for us all to understand and share knowledge around the important priority work here at Highlands.
Highlands has weathered its share of challenges over the years, whether in the design of our classroom learning spaces, engaging in multi-age learning, facing change to our outdoor learning spaces, considering what books teach students about families, and now, how to embrace ancestry, genetic code and melanin, as well as how to challenge kids to be changemakers. Through all of this, the staff and students here at Highlands come to school each day believing they are ready to make the world a better place. This will hold steady and true no matter what. We are grounded in our mission and our commitment as a changemaker school.
I look forward to another powerful year of learning and growing for us all!