We believe in teaching students how to learn. We believe that this, above all else, is the core purpose of school. The vehicle can be lectures, projects, or even standardized tests, but the goal is to equip students with the tools to navigate their own learning and the spark to engage with it for a lifetime. We must never confuse the method with the purpose.
We believe that the teacher’s role is the most important ingredient in the education system. Great teaching must be more human, not less. Automation and data should be the teacher’s tools, not their replacements.
We believe in empowering and enfranchising students because their role in the learning process is an active one. Students are intelligent, thinking, feeling beings, not just passive recipients of what the system feeds them.
We believe in helping all students, but we especially believe in helping students who have fewer advantages. We believe in the kids who spend more time in the principals office than in their classroom. We believe in the families who cannot afford tutors or camps because they love their kids just as much. We believe in the bullies. We believe in the lost causes and those who are written off. Because the world becomes better not through the top down, but from the bottom up.
We believe in adaptation over adoption. We have the utmost respect for teachers and the profession they have dedicated their lives to, and we value their craft as professionals deserve. For this reason, we do not push to revolutionize teachers, but rather, to listen and help them adapt what they are already doing to further the mission of equipping students to learn.
We believe in hospitality and going the extra mile to make teachers feel valued and appreciated as people. We create a safe space where teachers can have difficult but meaningful conversations that are fueled by the hope and passion that drew them to teaching in the first place.