As we draw 2017 to a close and welcome 2018, I would like to extend my appreciation to each and every one of you, for your role – large or small – in Imagine! West Michigan’s high school initiative thus far. I hope you’ve found these weekly TGIF emails informative and interesting, and most of all I hope they’ve helped you to think more deeply about what you value and hope for in the education of your children, grandchildren, students, future colleagues, and fellow citizens. Are you a more recent subscriber? Check out our blog archive.
Surprising insights from Google:
The ultimate data company crunches the data… and finds 7 of the 8 top characteristics of success at Google are soft skills. STEM expertise comes in dead last.
From Tacoma, WA:
The learning setting was breathtaking — so much so that I wondered why we visited a [high] school that could not be replicated even within Tacoma, let alone in other communities. I urged my tour guide, a sophomore girl with an interest in engineering and a passion for robotics, to tell me what made this school special beyond the setting. She didn’t miss a beat. The real differences to her were the structure and the staff.
Students are trusted: They move freely between buildings across the park following individually designed schedules.
Known: Incoming freshmen join a multi-grade advisory group of about 20 students who meet weekly with their sponsor and stay together throughout high school.
Supported: They can schedule time to talk with any teacher about any topic, personal or academic.
Challenged: Encouraged to find their passion and then pushed to explore it and master it.
Accepted: By their peers and the staff, for who they are.
Held accountable: But forgiven when they make mistakes.
See you in 2018!
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