It is such an honor and privilege to meet and work with your children each day. To discover their qualities, to learn from their experiences, to discover the world anew through their intelligence, compassion and enthusiasm - these are gifts to everyone who works at CLC.
We are all teachers here. We are all learners.
We have embarked on this journey of discovery together. We are creating more than just a learning environment. We are co-creating a new culture. We are collectively moving away from to-do lists, extrinsic goals and our sense of constricted time and space.
At CLC, we thrive by becoming fully ourselves. We touch into our own hearts. We become curious about who we care about and what we love. We find that there is nothing but time and space for discovery. We navigate relationships with ourselves and others and our inherent potential through sensitivity, curiosity and joy. In this way we are perpetually discovering what is possible in this season, on this day and in this moment.
OUR DAILY/WEEKLY RHYTHM
We don't arrive at the beginning of each day knowing what exactly we'll do. We discover it. One day we might discover a new building - our own - through a treasure hunt. The next day we might discover a new self-awareness through a check-in question. Or we might discover a new goal or aspiration a letter we write and mail back to ourselves at the end of the year. At any time we might discover we're hungry and eat. And each Friday we will discover something new about our city through adventures with Tommy Jones, one of our adjunct instructors.
Each day begins with a check-in and ends with a check-out question and a conversation. Next week, our classes will formally begin. You can check out a descriptive list of all the classes that were pitched to the students here. Each CLC student has a schedule based on their own learning interests. Each CLC student will have free time each day with friends to explore and experiment with their own interests and talents.
At yesterday morning's check-in, contemplating our last open day before classes, Devin asked "What do you want to do today?" They collectively decided to make a potato launcher.
They then divided tasks amongst themselves, delegating someone to learn how to make the launcher, another to identify the materials and a budget, another to investigate both the agreements they'd collectively made earlier in the week (DA RULEZ) when they'd decided to bring no weapons into this space and state laws about the legality of potato cannons.
Yesterday, William Dunlap came in to speak with all our students. He will be teaching grammar, critical thinking and a writing workshop in the classes that start next Monday. He requested these conversations with your children this morning in order to design his curriculum in alignment with each learner's interests. We all gathered around the table, and William asked each of your children what they care about, what they are reading, what hobbies they love and what they want to learn. Together, they co-created a curriculum for three classes. William founded an inquiry in critical thinking Jeremiah's strategic games, storytelling and grammar and spelling through Nia and Emma's favorite books and art, and might introduce plot and character development through the animated series Shango is planning.
In our weekly one-on-one mentoring meetings, I have and will continue to spend time with each CLC learner. This is one way we learn about their aspirations, challenges and goals. I have also asked each one of them how they'd like us to support them. My role here is "mentor" but this is not a one-way role. In a way, we are actually mentoring each other and perpetually learning how to learn together.
This is how our days have been unfolding at CLC. Each day I find that we have greater trust in ourselves and one another. This creates the causes and conditions for great joy and curiosity.
We will be writing to you twice a month to share updates about our progress and experiences. Please consider us as partners committed to supporting your children's passions and interests and well-being. Contact us whenever you are curious about what we're doing, longing to connect or to share challenges or inspiration.
Your family has just grown larger. East Broad Street is your home away from home. We're all in this together.
Welcome and thank you for founding this school with us,
(on behalf of all CLC staff - Devin, Kate, Brock and Ulises)