In Context III by: Melinda Tsapatsaris

“Kids know how to assert themselves, and lead and work within a group. It’s these base skills that make them not intimidated for future learning. They want to learn how the world works around them and why...which is key to what progressive is. Without these base skills it can become problematic—either you’re afraid to take the risk or you don’t even think to take a risk. Our Westland kids feel they can try anything and not fail. They realize it’s worth the risk and to not try is to fail.” - Parent, Westland School

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In Context VI by: Melinda Tsapatsaris

“When I think about the word community etymologically and within the context of Westland, I am left wondering, What is our common unity? I hope that one of our common unities is how we treasure, celebrate, notice, and utilize (maybe the hardest one) our differences. I believe we can be strong in our collective values and remain open to the different ways we navigate parenting. I believe that we can practice self-focus and confront each other in respectful, open ways.” - Melinda Tsapatsaris

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In Context VII by: Melinda Tsapatsaris

“The college-for-all mentality has fostered neglect of a realistic substitute: vocational education. It takes many guises—classroom training, apprenticeships and other types of on-the-job training, and straight-up work experience—but they have much in common. All vocational education teaches specific job skills, and all vocational education revolves around learning by doing, not learning by listening.” - Bryan Caplan, The World Might Be Better Off Without College for Everyone

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Group Two Curriculum Snapshot

On May 15, Karen was reading the chapter book The Cuckoo Child, by Dick King-Smith to the Group Two students. There were moments throughout the 20-minute read that modeled - again and again - the skills effective readers do regularly: make predictions, ask questions, make connections (text to text, text to world, and text to self), appreciate an author’s craft, self-correct, notice vocabulary, and visualize images.

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