How do you start a school year after a pandemic?
WE BUILD IT!
The foundation consists of our district strategic plan goals and the TAF 5 pillars. The heart is our families, scholars, and staff. With the strength of our foundation and the steadfast beat of our heart, we start the school year with excitement, anticipation, joy, and pride! Pride in our 5th year of existence and pride in our growing legacy as a school committed to transformative social change through racial equity, kindness as a way of life, and ujima (carrying each other in time of need).
We look forward to welcoming everyone back to campus and refining what it means to be a learner, critical thinker, and collaborator among staff and scholars. This year we strive to center all that we do around the voices of our scholars and families. We are at our best when our stakeholders have agency and see themselves in the work that we do.
It goes without saying that the roller coaster ride of the pandemic has thrown all of us out of our comfort zone but a wise person once said, “a comfort zone is a nice place to live but nothing ever grows there!” In this new growth landscape, let us link arms, move forward in hope, and reach for a better more inclusive community that honors the diversity and strengths of all its members.
Here are some commitments and changes that you can expect that will help TAF@SGH scholars grow:
Looping for 6th and 7th grade - 6th and 7th graders will spend 2 years with their house teachers to provide consistency and continuity for scholars as they return to school and to support in an acceleration in learning built on strong scholar - teacher relationships.
Co-teaching - This strategy allows teachers to share in the load of scaffolding learning, project development and implementation, differentiation, creativity in instruction, and providing focused support for scholars at all levels.
A focus on authentic real-world PBL, as well as defined courses for academic support and acceleration. We believe culturally responsive, real-world, authentic PBL is transformative. When structured effectively, PBL puts students in the driver seat of their own learning. We have also put in place a plan to provide extended support and extension through PBL for all students to strengthen their reading, writing, and STEM skills.
Culturally Responsive Teaching - Teachers will use culturally responsive teaching practices to ensure high engagement, academic success, voice, and rigor for ALL scholars.
Commitment to social emotional learning, clear school-wide expectations, and investment in restorative practices - It is our goal to ensure that school is a home game for all students. With high expectations, a focus on mindfulness, and clear expectations; we will all grow and be changed for the better.
21-22 TAF@SGH School-Wide Driving Question: What actions do we take to ensure liberation in learning, belonging through agency/voice, and an ongoing commitment to transformative change that creates a legacy of social justice at TAF@SGH? This driving question will be used to center the work of our staff and define our service to scholars and families.
I can’t wait to get reacquainted with all of you! Here’s to a great 21-22 school year wolfpack!
Never forget …it is, and always is, a great day to be a wolf in the pack!