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Gateways - Enrollment - New Teachers Collaborative

Parker Families:

Happy New Year! We’ve welcomed students back with their good energy, tales of their holidays, and, for some of them, excitement about a Gateway Exhibition next week. Exhibitions are integral to the student experience in all three divisions at Parker and in Essential Schools more generally. Ted Sizer put it this way in Horace’s Hope (1996):

     Exhibitions consist of the presentation and discussion of the students’ actual efforts—their essays, arguments, and experiments…The idea of exhibitions derives as much from common sense as from custom. We do not judge a high school’s marching band and the individual players within it on the basis of brief snippets of taped music and videos of the marching. We want to see and hear that marching band in a real place, under real conditions, performing its entire repertoire, over time. The band ultimately knows full well how it is regarded, and why. At the same time, if well led, its members have a sense of what the target is, of how competence and excellence in this sort of endeavor is defined. They know from the observation of other, more experienced bands what they are aiming at, and they know that they have to go public and display their individual and collective work. This is a powerful incentive.

It's also enrollment season for prospective students and their families with additional information sessions scheduled in January. Thanks for sharing news of Parker with your friends and neighbors! Application deadline is February 1, 2018. Siblings of currently enrolled students have preference in the lottery AND must fill out the application by February 1.

Maybe one of your friends or neighbors is interested in becoming a teacher. Encourage him, her, or them to explore the New Teachers Collaborative, a key Parker program that allows early career teachers to learn-by-doing, teaching at Parker or at one of our partner schools.

~Todd

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