Knowing the answer isn't all there is to learning.
Each class has a Home Center that is led by a Home Center Director (HCD) — a teacher who is dedicated to the academic, emotional and social development of each child. The role of the HCD is to continually assess each student's physical, social and emotional well-being and to guide students through challenges and opportunities as they arise.
Students gather in their Home Center every morning. During their time together, they discuss challenges or opportunities they are facing in the day or the week ahead. The HCD serves as the common thread to the students and gives support and guidance as needed. HCDs connect with students on a personal level, cultivating open conversations and building trusting relationships. HCDs serve as the bridge between students, parents, and others in the educational process, ensuring that children's specific needs are addressed.
HCDs give children the guidance and support they need to navigate challenges and identify opportunities for growth that are often outside the purview of the traditional academic process, so that children have the opportunity for deeper academic learning and more profound personal development.
CDs take an innovative, personalized approach to teaching. They design their curriculum to engage students on a more meaningful level by presenting the material in fresh and interesting ways. Mead students don't simply learn facts and figures, they are challenged to think deeply about a subject and understand it from many different perspectives. The result is motivated students who love to learn.
While the CDs expect students to meet high academic standards, they also encourage them to be curious and think creatively and independently. By promoting self direction, our teachers guide children toward independence and the development of personal responsibility. The Mead approach encourages student's abilities and ensures children are actively involved in their own learning process.
Small classes allow these teachers to really get to know their students so they can both challenge and support them to achieve the highest level of learning.
While CDs challenge students to excel academically, they never forget about the social and emotional growth that's such an important part of learning and success both in school and in the world.
The Seven School Skills are unique to The Mead School and are integral to our approach. These skills provide a framework for the learning process that is essential for students to become independent, creative thinkers. The Seven School Skills challenge children to learn deeply, think critically, use their imaginations and ask questions of themselves and the world around them. These tools help us educate the whole child and help them navigate their academic, social and emotional lives.
With a strong foundation in these Seven School Skills, Mead graduates have the academic skills, the self-discipline and the self-confidence to embrace challenges, pursue their passions, and make a difference in their world.
Imagine: To Visualize The Possibilities
As Albert Einstein said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge for knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand while imagination embraces the entire world." We need imagination to create new ideas and solve complex problems. At Mead, we continually ask students to push beyond conventional thinking by asking "what if?'<br><br>As others worry about declining creativity in America, we see creativity as the cornerstone of our curriculum. We encourage original thinking and nurture creativity in everything we do. Our students' creative approaches to problem-solving sets them apart from others.
In 2018, Mead was selected from hundreds of applicants as one of 14 partner schools to adopt the AltSchool platform. The platform brings leading edge learning tools into the classroom, while providing robust planning, assessment and communication tools that support Mead's personalized approach to learning.