This week, we welcome guest blogger and middle school teacher Ms. Paige Montesano who, at a recent national conference for middle school educators, presented a workshop highlighting an instructional model that allows students to safely explore their reactions to critical current events.
Our Board members, like our faculty and students, value lifelong learning. They are committed to ongoing growth and development.
At last Thursday's State of the School event, I had the pleasure of sharing the strategic priorities that will guide Turning Point School's future direction and orient us for the choices we will make over the next few years.
At Turning Point, we ensure our teachers have the ability to learn, grow, and develop their craft, right alongside their students.
At Turning Point School, mathematics is not about rote memorization of formulas or facts. It is about teaching students to truly understand challenging concepts and then be able to demonstrate what they know in multiple ways.
I have been compiling and reading some excellent global resources.While they are not the light holiday fare you may be craving, these highly regarded books will illuminate some subjects that have been mostly unseen; in this way, they resemble other holiday traditions that invite light into the darkest season.
Last week, along with six colleagues from Turning Point, I attended the thirtieth anniversary of the National Association of Independent Schools' People of Color Conference in Anaheim, focusing on diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice.
The Dalai Lama says that "when we develop a right attitude of compassion and gratitude, we take a giant step towards solving our personal and international problems." How profound to establish gratitude as a strategy for personal and global conflict resolution. Because what do we do when we feel grateful? We think about others. We share.
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.