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How Can WE?

Parker Families:

This week we held two community conversations about this year’s Essential Question—“How Can We Make Tomorrow Better Than Today?” Three advisories, one from each division, came together to participate in the community conversation, which had five main purposes: 

  • Engage in community conversation and make these inter-divisional conversations part of our regular operation;

  • Model democratic practices and enact the 10th Common Principle of Essential Schools;

  • Increase student voice, ownership, and leadership;

  • Increase interaction among divisions;

  • Use this year’s Essential Question to think about the upcoming year both individually and as a school.

During summer planning activities in August, the faculty also revisited and rehearsed best practices for facilitating advisory-based conversations about current events that might be on students’ minds on any given day, any given morning. Such conversations give teachers and students opportunities to build and exercise specific skills: listening; humility; respect; trust; voice. We identified go-to resources for news reports and shared a simple yet flexible protocol for structuring conversations that will help us learn together through dialogue. 

Differences shape who we are and what we know. Life, history, society, and power cannot be understood from a single perspective; we need multiple viewpoints to truly see the world. Because of this, inclusive classrooms must function as learning communities built on shared inquiry and dialogue. Dialogue is more than conversation. It is also different than debate, in which someone wins and someone loses. Dialogue requires openness to new ideas and collective learning… (from Teaching Tolerance’s Critical Practices for Anti-Bias Education). 

Helping all members of our community learn together and from each other through conversation and dialogue is one way to Make Tomorrow Better Than Today! 

~Todd

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September 22, 2017
Community Block, which happens on Friday afternoons, is intended to foster active and engaged citizenship amongst the Parker community...
September 22, 2017
Rehearsals for the Fall Show are underway...
September 22, 2017
PLEASE remember to call the attendance line...
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Parker is seeking artwork for an upcoming art sale to raise money for the Third Decade Fund...
September 22, 2017
We are getting super excited for our trip! Ask your student about the preparation activities we have been doing...
September 22, 2017
An invitation to Parker families, alumni, faculty, and friends!
September 22, 2017
A TWO-PART session for parents and guardians - especially those who are new or relatively new...
September 22, 2017
To establish excellent communication between home and school, and work together to support the members of this graduating class, the senior advisers are happy to continue the tradition of holding an evening dedicated to Supporting Our Seniors...
September 22, 2017
Info about the West Nile Virus; Thank you; Wish list.
September 13, 2017
It's been a great start so far, and it's wonderful to see our newest community members becoming more and more comfortable...
September 4, 2017
Please direct all sports related questions to the following individuals...
September 21, 2017
The new lunch system prevents student accounts from accumulating a negative balance beyond a certain point...
September 21, 2017
I am trying to get the date out early this year! Please mark your calendars...
September 8, 2017
An updated carpool information list will be available the first week of October...
September 8, 2017
Updated Fares & Schedules...
September 8, 2017
Regularly scheduled meetings of the Parker Board of Trustees are held in Room 27 at the Parker School from 6:45 PM until 9:00 PM.
August 10, 2017
Essential Question: A broad question around which a large part of a year's work is organized; a question that helps to focus work across the domains.
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