In April 2020 I asked a hand-picked group of colleagues to come together to talk about what schools would need after the pandemic had passed. Keith Hinderlie, Lauren Porosoff, Sally Mixsell, Ricco Siasoco, Liza Talusan and I conducted focus groups with school heads and surveyed teachers and staff to determine what worked and what didn’t during emergency on-line school. This was our original vision:
Help schools write a new chapter in the book of independent school education, where students at every age thrive and succeed because the school prioritizes the intentional, curious, unhurried, and connected learning all students crave. (Adult learners too.) Where the school prioritizes equity and inclusion in every academic, artistic, athletic, creative and leadership opportunity offered. Relationships matter most of all; they are the means by which the best teaching and learning happens.
Over the summer, we planned to help schools (1) process what had happened in the spring, (2) clarify core values, and (3) re-set selected practices. We did work with several schools and ran a successful summer institute, but by August, it was clear that even Re-Set needed to re-set.