I’ve been lucky enough lately to start forging some partnerships between our school and awesome organizations in the community. This morning, after a meeting with some of these partners (Brent Robinson from modthink and Shan Pesaru from Sharphue), I got to tour them around our new building.
After reflecting on the experience, I wish we had regular tours of our campus set up for community members. I think they’d be thrilled at what they find occurring on campus on any given day. Today we saw students preparing to produce a lipdub, drama kids rehearsing for a performance, robotics scholars preparing for a competition, and all of this happening during the middle of a major End of Course test in Biology.
On top of that, I saw students excited to see adults from outside our building observing them in action, and I saw teachers excited to show off their programs and work. I’m really not sure why so many school buildings seem to erect a wall between themselves and the community. Maybe it’s time we start trying to tear down those walls, move education in the community and bring the community into education?