We explain what Lakeside’s re-envisioning is and why it is important, and highlight upcoming milestones.
Lakeside’s re-envisioning encompasses a set of projects exploring new ways to answer the question: Within the framework of Lakeside’s mission and values, how do we teach students to make good decisions and act on them?
The projects include examining what students will learn through the overall educational program (the content, mindsets, competencies, and skills); the structure of the program itself (the length and organization of the academic year and school day); other special programs we don’t currently offer (internships, intensives, etc.).
Our goal is to do what Lakeside has done so well for 100 years: Prepare our students to live joyful lives of meaning and service in the world they find when they graduate.
Bernie Noe, head of school
Lakeside School has identified six competencies and seven mindsets we believe our school should focus on teaching students over the course of their time here. We believe these competencies and mindsets are especially appropriate for students to engage in during grades 5-12, in preparation for their future educational goals and their personal and professional lives.
Lakeside defines competencies as what graduates can do, and mindsets as who graduates are – what they value, how they behave, and the frames through which they see the world. While content, sometimes referred to as “domain knowledge” (dates, equations, etc.), remains important, it will become secondary to what students can do with their knowledge.
Learn more about competencies and mindsets in this article and find the full list below.
Review what's happened so far, from the start of the re-envisioning through September 2019.
We introduce the concepts of competencies and mindsets and preview November opportunities for students and parents/guardians to provide feedback to the re-envisioning task force.
Head of School Bernie Noe unveils the six competencies and seven mindsets we believe our school should focus on teaching students over the course of their time here.
We share feedback to the competencies and mindsets; preview changes to the academic year calendar and Upper School schedule; and provide an update on our research into a potential internship program.
Lakeside’s new academic dean, Hans de Grys, shares details on his new position, and how he’ll work with leadership to guide the school’s 5-12 academic program in a way that supports Lakeside’s mission and re-envisioning.
Lakeside is collecting feedback on proposed changes to the academic year calendar and preparing to pilot a new Upper School schedule. Parents/guardian feedback should be submitted by noon on Friday, March 6.
Head of School Bernie Noe shares updates on the school calendar and Lion Term, and muses on how COVID-19 and the transition to remote learning has led to a curriculum already more focused on competencies and mindsets.