Globally competent citizens are vital to the success of future generations. SIA students will be challenged to investigate the world, weigh multiple perspectives, clearly communicate their ideas and take meaningful action in order to develop the understanding necessary to truly become leaders who can transform their communities in the future.
Habits of Mind
Educational outcomes in traditional settings focus on how many answers a student knows. When we teach for the Habits of Mind, we are interested also in how students behave when they don't know the answer. The Habits of Mind are performed in response to questions and problems, the answers to which are not immediately known. We are interested in how students produce knowledge rather than how they merely reproduce it.
We hold a deep belief that in order for our students, or anyone, to become a leader they need to truly understand how to serve others first. We will be studying a variety of challenging topics throughout a student's time at our school. A typical reaction from students is, "I am only one person, what can I really do?" What we want to help students understand is that service to your community creates ripples like those on a pond when a rock is dropped into it. We may only see the one action of the rock being dropped, but we rarely focus on the effect the ripples have on the rest of the pond. Acts of service done for the right reason, with the right attitude have a lasting impact on those who are impacted by it and potentially generations to come. Students and teachers will identify service projects that are related to topics being studied in class or that fulfill a need in our local or broader community.