OVERVIEW

WE PUT STUDENTS AT THE CENTER WITH
A DEEP APPROACH TO LEARNING
THAT HAS EACH ONE
CURIOUS, ENGAGED & SELF-MOTIVATED.

WHAT BRINGS US HERE TOGETHER TODAY?

Today’s drive for innovation leaves no institution behind. The search for ‘what works’ has the institution of public schooling gradually evolve into a multi-system where multiple valid educational approaches co-exist and learn from each other.  ShadeTree Community School will apply the innovation of Public Waldorf Education adapted to the Watts/South LA community. Special preparation has teachers see children as naturally curious, naturally attentive, and naturally self-motivated and eager to learn.  The basic idea is that meeting the developmental needs of the growing child – ‘head, heart, and hands’ –  at each stage of their maturation, has children keep that drive for knowledge throughout school and into their adult life. We trust that a community school with this approach is welcome and are active towards its realization in 2020.

ShadeTree Community School is a new innovative LAUSD TK-8 public charter school. We are in the planning stages of re-envisioning the purpose of education in the 21st century and what is possible for a small urban community school, reaching out to parents and collaborators, and writing the charter petition.  ShadeTree’s mission is to serve the needs of the Whole Child – head, heart, & hands – in the high needs community of Watts in South LA. ShadeTree Community School will apply the innovative Waldorf approach to education reform:

COOL HEAD: Highly effective hands-on/project-based methods for teaching critical thinking through math, science and ecological experience.

WARM HEART: Highly effective methods of teaching social-emotional IQ through mindful attachments in the classroom. Highly effective methods of teaching literacy through story, drawing, writing, and oral presentation.

SKILLED HANDS: Highly effective methods of teaching creativity and innovation skills through the arts and movement integrated in all lessons.

 

 

ShadeTree Community School is an education reform initiative inspired by the youth mentoring work of Orland Bishop, Founder and Executive Director of the ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation which has been active in Watts/South Los Angeles for over 20 years.

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