My eagerness to join Cohort 21 originally stemmed from my colleagues who had lived the Cohort experience and had shared their passion projects with me.
In my role as Assistant Head of the Junior School this year, one of my responsibilities involves working closely with the Head of Departments to create a vertical planning document that focuses on transferable skills and big topics such as pluralism, experiential learning, and assessment. It is our hope that this document will help us to identify areas of need. My involvement in creating the template for the Head of Departments has allowed me to also start thinking more about what are we truly assessing in education and how we might promote a more transformative education that is beyond rote memorization and simple transfer of knowledge and one that instead focuses and encourages critical thinking, creativity, and a deeper understanding of the skills needed to navigate the ever-changing landscape of our world today.
Leadership has also been a personal interest of mine since I entered the field of education. I am consistently intrigued by the misconception among students that leadership is for people who are older, famous, or have influence. I would like to give some more thought to how we can be promoting these transferable skills, like leadership skills, with more intention in our programming, and how we can use this as an opportunity to teach students about service.
I am excited to draw on the collective expertise of this community as I move forward in my thinking on these topics and refining my goal for the Cohort experience.