Lane Intermediate Community,
I want to welcome everyone to the almost start of a new school year! We are only a couple of days away from the words, 'It feels like we never left.' or "Where did the summer go?' I am hoping that there are way more, 'I can't wait to get back(s)!' As educators this is always an exciting time of the year for many reasons, but mostly that we get to welcome back our Scholars and community to another school year. This year is also bringing a few other new things to the Lane Intermediate Community - a new principal (that would be me) and a building staffed to serve Scholars in grades 6th through 8th!
While there are many topics that could be addressed at this time - there is a specific lens that I want to start to share. I believe that a primary goal of a school is to support each Scholar in being able to tell his/her story. This is not just a story solely focused on academics, but also incorporating community and culture. Over the course of this school year and the school years to come our school community as a whole will help to design, define, and grow clarity around what it means to be a Scholar and a learner at Lane Intermediate.
There has been so much strong work done at Lane already so coming in as a new principal there is a bit of a learning curve that takes place, but there are two words that I have been using and will continue to use that I feel will support growth for every scholar: Agency and Ownership. These are not terms that I made up, but ones that I'm taking a loan out on as powerful pieces that need to be driving our learning environment.
Agency and Ownership For Scholars Means....Scholars understand who they are and are able to uncover with growing independence his/her needs academically, socially, and emotionally to best make decisions on his/her journey. Agency and Ownership is about Scholar empowerment and being in control of one's own learning. This grows a mindset of learning as accomplishments rather than a burden. Scholars grow in sharing, 'I was able to do, 'what I now now how to do, and 'what I plan to do with what've learned.' Scholars frame learning more about goals and personal work rather than assignments. (Thanks to Jim Rickabaugh & Next Generation Learning Challenges for helping to grow these definitions.) Two links to share around this would be Next Generation Learning Challenges and The Institute For Personalized Learning.
September 1st, 2016 will be the first time in a long time that Lane Intermediate will be fully operational and serving Scholars in grades 6, 7, and 8 - what an exciting time for our staff, scholars, community, and school district! Welcome Lane Intermediate to your year 3.0!
As the school year grows I would like to let our community know that I will be using this BLOG format as my primary way of communicating what is taking place at our school. If there are any questions let me know and look for upcoming Principal Connections.
Yours in Learning,