A School For Tomorrow

The Way

In a School for tomorrow. we want to motivate each other as evidence-based champions of high performance and systems that improve outcomes for all learners. We need to commit to our calling, bring together the compelling narrative, describe and measure our performance, and define the narrative and role community of inquiry and practice that will help everyone to work vocationally and find their calling by asking the question: whose am I?

BECOMING A SCHOOL OF CHARACTER

A good school focuses on the whole education of the whole person – a great school assembles the ingredients of high-performance culture in delivering this education. We believe that a great school, a school of character, identifies the ‘secret sauce’ of aspirations, a sense of kinship, and pathways to success, and applies this to a culture of inspiration, challenge, and support. This culture fosters both the pursuit of excellence by young people of character, and the sense of belonging to and engagement in school...

THE CHARACTER WORK

We are called as educators to help others to strive for excellence and to develop their character and competency. We have spent the better part of a decade building a series of research-based understandings about what comprises an excellent education, the character of an education, and an education for character. What is clear to us now is that what makes an education excellent is the quality and consistency of the education for 21C character and competency that underpins it...

BECOMING A SCHOOL OF CHARACTER

The Experience of Schooling

Our map of the experience of schooling must help our students chart the possible journeys to servanthood and the acquisition of 21C character and competency on their quest. We believe that school should be, therefore, a wide field in which we inspire, challenge, and support students to rehearse for their adulthood by providing many diverse encounters with and experiences of competency within deliberately incremental and immersive learning...

THE CHARACTER WORK

The Call to Character

The call to character is best answered through the expression of a framework for education. We believe that the best starting point for embedding the desired culture of a school of character within everything that it is and does should be this notion of a framework for education. This set of fundamental educational documents should be based on a structure of guiding questions and concepts that integrate the knowledge, skills, character, and learning habits...

BECOMING A SCHOOL OF CHARACTER

A Good School and a Great School

A good school gets the fundamentals right; a great school functions as an authentic, mature, and high performing community of inquiry and practice. We believe, therefore, that a great school should track, gather evidence about, and evaluate its organisational maturity as a fit for purpose school of character. It should conduct this measurement of its high performance both in terms of the learning experiences and graduate outcomes of its students, as well as in its operation as a learning organisation...

THE CHARACTER WORK

The Character of an Excellent Education for 21C Character and Competency

The character of an excellent education for 21C character and competency must be intentional, holistic, and measurable in its impact: We believe that schools should apply their beliefs about an education for civic, performance, and moral character in a deliberate, targeted, and intentional fashion. Education for character should be the result of a designed landscape of learning that flows from the heart of a school’s ethos into every place of learning. It is too important to be anything else, especially when we consider that it occurs in everything we do in schools...

BECOMING A SCHOOL OF CHARACTER

The Warranting of Practice

The final element of a great school, a school of character, is its disposition towards testing and warranting the integrity of its practice. We believe this must include validating the quality and consistency of the delivery of graduates outcomes based in 21C character and competency, as well as the essential processes by which a school might attain them...

THE CHARACTER WORK

The Character of Character

The character of character is ultimately best defined by the ethos of a community. We believe that the values, ethos, and associated cultures of a school community are essential for its sense of identity and drive the development of its maturity as a school of character. The strategy by which it goes about selecting and working towards its preferred future is likewise very important in helping that school to be the best version of itself that it can possibly become...