As we continue to cultivate a culture of curiosity, our Lower School has been working together to establish community expectations through Developmental Design (DD) practices.
As shared on The Origins Program website, DD is “a powerful collection of teaching practices to help elementary staff work together to achieve educational equity and excellence in their classrooms. Developmental Designs for Elementary School: Teaching for Education Equity—based on research and strengthened by developmentally responsive teaching strategies—present a personalized learning approach to help your staff better connect with students, address children’s specific strengths and needs, and help students develop essential cognitive and social-emotional skills. These practices also help build trust among the adults in the school and with families.
In order to experience this process of collaboratively creating a Social Contract, the Lower School faculty and staff created one before the first week of school. Taking this experience, each homeroom teacher had the opportunity to create a Social Contract for each classroom. A representative from each homeroom then collaborated with students from other grades to narrow down the Social Contract to five concise phrases. This process was not only fun but also an opportunity to see how our values aligned. We will soon share our school-wide Social Contract during an assembly. We will then commemorate the launch of our very first Lower School Social Contract by capturing every student’s signature and making it visible in our building!