Learning and the process of re-accreditation at HWRHS

This summer I was involved in an incredible professional learning opportunity called Change School.  This opportunity opened doors to me that have forever changed my thoughts and feelings about what I believed I knew about education and more specifically, learning.

Change School coaches and all of the members of the community completely challenged me to really reimagine school using modern contexts and modern lenses.  Sounds complicated, doesn’t it?  After a few uncomfortable weeks, I really figured out how the ideas and contexts of our discussions and writing supported the ideas of reimagining school.  One quote really stuck with me.  “If we didn’t have today’s schools, would we create today’s schools?”  Well, would we?  I’m still wrestling with that one and many others.

The biggest take away for me was a simple set of questions:

  • What is learning?
  • What does deep and powerful learning look like?
  • How do I create the environment to support deep and powerful learning?

WOW!  That was my first repose as I thought about these questions for the next weeks and now months.

Now, we begin the process of re-accreditation at the high school and I am delighted to see that the entire new accreditation process in centralized around learning.  The 5 Standards of Accreditation include:

Learning Culture, Student Learning, Professional Practices, Learning Support, Learning Resources.

Amazing!  I look forward to a multi-year journey with teachers, students, and parents to develop a strong set of beliefs around learning while also working towards new and innovative ideas that will “promote an effective learning organization with the capacity to meet the needs of all students through continuous reflection and growth.”  (NEASC Standards Booklet)