It’s finally summer! Time to take a well-deserved break….or start thinking about next school year. 😉 Here at Inflexion we’ve all been making our summer reading lists, and came across a few books we wanted to share.
It’s the time of year when many of us are making resolutions and setting goals for the coming year. For some, this process begins and ends with stating an aspiration for growth or improvement (and according to some researchers, over 80% will have broken these resolutions by the second week of February). For Inflexion this year, one of our goals is to make sure that our newsletters and other communications are timely and relevant, and actually help educators move the dial on preparing all students to be life ready.
The decisions made to create this change are not easy ones, but end up being the inflection points that develop environments where students can show what they can do with their knowledge, rather than just master content or do well on a test. As Inflexion, we are thrilled to continue our journey to ensure all students graduate ready for college, career, and life.
“It’s time to be a disruptive peacemaker. In the classroom, that means being an anti-racist educator.
As educators, we should be laying the groundwork to build trust, understand foundational information and explicitly express anti-racist values from the first day of class so all students have the skills to grapple with these contradictions.”
We are excited and honored that a few of our ESP team members are currently in Costa Mesa, California, speaking at the 2017 National MTSS Professional Learning Institute, which started today.
Opening a new high school in an established district is a challenge that can be daunting in many respects. Mountainside High School in the Beaverton School District (Beaverton, Oregon) is no exception. A team from EPIC worked with the Mountainside leadership team to help clarify the importance of shared cultural identity and its role in the success of the school.
A recent article in Getting Smart, Santa Ana Unified Creating Incredible Pathways for Students K-12, features Santa Ana Unified School District and includes EPIC’s work with Valley High School over the past three years. The district is providing incredible learning environments for K–12 students, and EPIC has been instrumental in creating change in Valley High School.
Over two decades ago, Westview High School (WHS) began an initiative to build a bridge for students between their high school and postsecondary education experiences. With the goals of college readiness and student engagement in mind, WHS built a Senior Inquiry course that mirrored an approach to instruction often seen in postsecondary institutions– one that is cross-curricular and student driven.
At EPIC, we are truly fortunate to work with people across the country who are focused on ensuring all students are provided the opportunities to pursue their individual dreams and aspirations. In these times of uncertainty, it is important to double down and learn from the great work happening in our public schools – not run away or disinvest in them. This edition of our newsletter is dedicated to highlighting best and emerging practices that are worth paying attention to and finding ways to continue and build upon.
We at Epic School Partnerships are grateful for the opportunities we’ve had in the past year to support schools as they make education work for all students. Our passion and commitment continues to grow as we partner with educators to prepare students to be lifelong learners.