By Ronald Vincent, Elementary School 1 Dean of Culture
|ES1 Dean of Culture, Ron Vincent, enjoying a friendly race|
with scholars at recess.
In that first month, I also watched and joined ES1 teachers and leaders come together to help scholars apply skills learned from morning community circle, community breakfast, and social skills group into all aspects of their day. Instruction continuously focused on encouraging scholars to embrace each other’s differences and learn from one another. In the real world, people are diverse beyond race, creed, and economic status. People also have varying degrees of social skills, emotional awareness, various learning skills, and ways of absorbing information. Being diverse and encouraging scholars to embrace difference in the real world means preparing them for all this and 100% academic success.
When we say we’re preparing our scholars for the world beyond, we mean it and more so, we mean it for all scholars – those of every race, creed, gender, economic status, academic history, spoken language, learning style, emotional state, physical ability, and interest (including artistic and athletic).
That is the real world beyond the classroom. That is what makes up a community.