By Josh Falk, Founding Head of School - Elementary School 3
One Head of School's reflection on the start of the school year.
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This week marked the first day of a new school year for scholars, teachers and families. For kindergarten scholars and their families it was especially exciting as the first day of their school careers. For the BVP Elementary School 3 community, it was an extremely exciting “first day,” as it marked the first day of the founding year of a brand new school.
Teachers are integral to this process. The Latin roots of the word “educate” mean “to lead out” or “draw out,” implying that educators do not simply fill scholars with information, but rather draw out the knowledge and understanding that lives within each scholar. It is essential to have dedicated educators--the kind we have at ES3 and throughout our BVP community.
Differentiation and Intentional Diversity. To meet the needs of all scholars, our educational approach must be thoroughly differentiated. Whatever our scholars’ individual needs, whatever their strengths, whatever their background, our program must meet them where they are and build a program that sets high expectations for their personal success.
Community Partnership. To be successful, the vision must extend beyond the walls
of the school. We must establish a robust partnership with our families and build a school community in which we are all fully engaged and committed to the mission. This means continually communicating and collaborating with families. It also means building and strengthening ties among our four neighboring and diverse communities, uniting families and communities around a common mission of providing our children with the best possible education.
During this first week, we’ve been sweating the small stuff – the routine yet very important operational details of starting a school year, like making sure scholars get on the right bus, or finding enough trash cans to hold the breakfast trash. But as the first week stretches into the second, and the third, and into next year we must focus our attention on the foundations of the school we’re building. And if we commit to breathing life into these core foundational elements – academic rigor, top quality teaching, differentiation and intentional diversity, and community partnership – I believe we will set our scholars on a path to success for years to come.
About Mr. Josh Falk:
Josh Falk has been an educator in innovative, high-expectations charter schools for eight years and is proud to be a founding head of school at BVP ES3. Mr. Falk previously taught grades 2 through 4 with Achievement First in New York and New Haven, and was a member of the founding 4th Grade team at ES1. A former attorney, Mr. Falk was drawn to the powerful idea of educational equity for all and made a career change. He has been a dedicated educator ever since, committed to the idea that all children can be successful students and are entitled to a high-quality public education.