Monday, November 15, 2010

The Dream School

I am often going on about what I would do if I had a school. It's 2010 and there are now schools that include each of the things I list below.

Philosophy - Exposure
  • Practice – Hatha yoga, Transcendental Meditation, Tai Chi, martial arts (sport & dance)
  • Weekly Creative Professionals Talks
  • Travel abroad program (one summer or winter break is mandatory)
  • Inspire Learning program – teaching youth about financial literacy and wealth building through real world application
  • Mentorship, Apprenticeship and Internship programs

Educational Model - Creation
  • Project-based learning that is cross-disciplinary and includes community engagement & real world application
  • All Assessment is performance-based
  • Dream MGMT – each child has a Dream Mgr that aids them in repeated actualization of dreams, goals, & aspirations (i.e. the science of achievement and the art of fulfillment)
  • Advisors – each child has a staff advisor that monitors and supports academic achievement and serves as point of contact for parents
  • Educators team-teach and are provided with supports and resources to successfully implement ideas

Environment - Impact
  • Organic cafeteria food, largely from local farmers and grown in community or rooftop garden
  • Green school: i.e. no waste lunch program, Carbon-Neutral, Net-Zero Energy Building;
  • Facilities are tailored to individual and small-group learning
  • State of the art Arts Program & Center – including modern visual, performing, & fine arts and exhibition, studio, performance and practice spaces
  • Gift shop with products imagined and manufactured by students and staff
  • Every child receives a laptop (or iPad) with software and applications to support acquisition of resources, teaching & learning; school is wireless

Check out these schools: