On November 11, the Turning Point School "Green Team" took the top spot out of 24 teams from around the Los Angeles area who were competing for the chance to advance to the regional competition in the FIRST LEGO League Hydro-Dynamics Global Challenge.
So many of the elders in our collective lives are innovators and change-makers. Their experiences and values transcend our passing interests, and influence how we manage the dynamics of making positive contributions to the world.
First grade teacher and Service Learning Coordinator Tessa Short was selected by the Buck Institute of Education as one of seven teachers nationwide to create a project based learning unit on peace.
As parents and educators, we want to raise confident, empathic children who are not afraid to go against the grain and challenge oversimplified depictions of masculinity and femininity.
Interpreting literature helps our students to become "amiable skeptics," by requiring them to develop a point of view supported by evidence and to reject arguments that lack persuasive proof.
Opportunities to develop relationships, and to participate in activities like reading, singing, building, and freeform play actually wire the brain development of young children.
The challenges of parenting engage us daily as we help our children navigate their lives. How lucky we were to receive the timely wisdom of Dr. Tina Payne Bryson at last week's Parent Speaker event.
From academics to service learning, the Turning Point School experience enables students to whole-heartedly understand their place in the world and connect with others spanning a rich diversity of experience, background, and narrative.
As both parents and educators, it is our joy and our responsibility to provide students with valuable opportunities to develop independence, bravery, connection, and the conviction that they can affect positive change for the common good.
At Turning Point School, we have in common the desire to serve each student and to honor the common good. There is a public spirit and sharing at the heart of community, and I feel lucky to be among a group of generous families and educators.