I am currently at the ISACS (Independent Schools of Associated Central States) convention in Louisville, Kentucky. A couple of thousand educators have congregated to discuss what the future holds for education. It is a thrilling dialogue for many reasons, however, it is particularly gratifying due to the fact that whenever I hear what needs to be done, it sounds a lot like Montessori!
There are a lot of conversations around how to promote student buy-in with curriculum development (self-directed learning), how to foster peer-to-peer mentoring (multi-aged classrooms), how to leverage the connection between the hand and the mind (Montessori materials).
Then I move to another discussion about sustainability and food. I listen to school representatives complaining about processed lunches and the disconnect between what is being taught at their schools about wellness and global stewardship and the actual actions of the community. Yet again, I swell with pride about what we have created with our lunch program and how our Food and Sustainability teacher, Beth Canarie has been working with our students in the kitchen and gardens.
I am not exaggerating when I say what IS happening at TNSM is what entire educational conferences are pointing toward when they discuss what NEEDS to happen in schools. I am so grateful and honored to be a part of a community that is forward-thinking, adaptive, and a shining example of what needs to happen in education.
Today, all the leaves from our ginkgo tree fell to ground, creating a pool of bright green. I mention this only because it was a beautiful thing that happened on campus today, one of many. A staff member took a picture of it and sent it to me. Did I mention how much I love this community?!
Have a great weekend.