Children at the Center of Learning
Letter to the Community
Headmaster Laurel School
August 8, 2014
Dear Laurel Community,
My vision for Laurel is to be the best at educating and developing young children. What does that really mean? It means as headmaster, faculty, board, and parents we need to be diligent in our efforts to understand children and create innovative programs that stimulate their overall development. There is a significant amount of research on how children learn and what schools need to do to teach critical skills children will need to be successful in the 21st Century. One of my roles will be to connect the Laurel community to current best practices. The board and faculty have begun this summer by reading Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner and Good to Great by Jim Collins as a community. (You can come by my office for your own copy at any time). Our new website (which will launch in November) will also provide the community with developmentally appropriate links to best practices in education.
Over the past few months, I have met with parents, the board, faculty, and students to better understand what Laurel does best and how we can improve as a learning community. I have listened and shared my views as a leader of children and schools. In this letter, I would like to share with you some of my thoughts on child development, education and exciting programs we plan to develop at Laurel.
Please contact me with any questions you may have. I am looking forward to meeting all of you at the Whole Community Barbeque on Wednesday August 27th. Bring your bathing suits and a musical instrument if you want to join the Faculty Band.
PS I realize I have included a lot to think about. Please read what you want and keep the rest for later.