A Message from the Head of the Lower and Middle Divisions
Our School’s core values (safety, trust, respect, inclusion, and belonging) are more important now than ever before. These values, coupled with our dedication to fostering our students’ courage, creativity, and resilience, affords us the opportunity to thrive in the face of complex, unprecedented challenges.
Last spring provides a compelling example of what we’re about. We pivoted to remote instruction within 48 hours. Two days after we closed the Carmel Campus, we opened our virtual classrooms for every grade and section. We did not miss a day of instruction during the remainder of the spring semester. We worked together to cultivate learning, wonder, joy, and curiosity—and overcame the challenges of our separation from one another.
This summer provides another example of Stevenson at its best. Having listened to constructive feedback from students and their parents, and engaged collegially with one another, our teachers are devoting their summer months to further refining their approach to remote instruction. Our goal is not simply to muddle through, but to be exceptional. Is it ideal to learn remotely? No, obviously not. We’d all prefer to be on campus together. But we will not allow the challenges of being apart deter us from meeting our students’ needs, which in our estimation always go well beyond the structure of an academic program.
What are those needs, and how will we meet them?
First, everyone does better when they feel that they belong to something bigger than they are; that they are seen and valued, both for who they are and who they are striving to become. Everything we do here at Stevenson is predicated upon this principle. The beautiful challenge of being forced to be physically apart from one another invites an opportunity for all of us to re-examine and re-imagine how we will continue to cultivate trust, safety, inclusion, respect, and belonging.
Second, the spring provided us all with a transformational education in how to provide remote instruction effectively for each grade level. Over the past six weeks, our team has engaged in a range of professional development exercises targeted to refine the remote instruction experience, taking account of each learner’s intellectual, social, and emotional needs; developmental state; and executive skills. More information about our current planning for each grade level’s fall semester can be found here. Please take a deep dive into these materials, and the rest of our website, in order to learn more about our School—both in its current iteration and what it will soon again be.
We are not waiting for the pandemic to go away in order to move our School forward. Regardless of the conditions we face, we must continually adapt, adjust, and get better. Our teachers’ drive to grow in service to their students is insatiable. Brave and relentless, holding joy and wonder at the core of their practice, they have chosen to lean into this moment with confidence and curiosity. Your child—and your family—will be the beneficiaries.
Information about our approach to remote instruction during the fall semester can be found here. Please take a deep dive into these resources, and the rest of our website, in order to learn more about our School—both in its current iteration and what it will soon again be.
We wish you and your loved ones peace and good health. We look forward to seeing you in person soon.
With great care,
Molly K. Bozzo
Head of the Lower and Middle Divisions
The beautiful challenge of being forced to be physically apart from one another invites an opportunity for all of us to re-examine and re-imagine how we will continue to cultivate trust, safety, inclusion, respect, and belonging.