I hope you are excited for the winter break – I can’t believe it is already upon us. Each year seems to go by faster than the last, and this has been no exception. I feel like we were just watching advisory videos for orientation!
For the last two days, I have been visiting Hawken School, a preschool through 12th grade school in Cleveland, spending time in all three divisions and talking to students and faculty. The trip was inspired by some conversations that George has had with their Head of School, Scott Looney. The school is rooted in a belief in authentic, experiential education, and in the last ten years or so, they have consistently striven to be at the forefront of best practices in education. If you’d like to read more about Scott Looney’s vision, he has a great article in the Hawken Review. While much of it applies specifically to Hawken, it is still an interesting and inspiring read. Here’s the link:
I love visiting other schools for many reasons. When we are in school every day, we often lose sight of the big picture since we are dealing with the here and now, and it’s refreshing to take a step back and reflect upon all that we do. Connecting with colleagues in similar positions at other schools is so valuable for my own professional development and for the development of the school. In visiting another school, I get the chance to gain new ideas about how to use time and space in order to make sure we are providing our students with the best education we can give them. Hawken is doing some interesting things with its schedule, including... » read more