“If you want to inspire meaningful change you have to make a connection to the heart before you make a connection to the mind.”
I believe this is our biggest charge as a school and as teachers. Ask your child how the school lives up to this ideal. Ask them about their relationships, how they feel they are treated, are they connected and do they feel nurtured and excited to come to school? Teachers should ask the same of their students. This is the data that we should look at. When the answers to these questions are positive, we are setting the environment to develop not only great learning opportunities, but amazing humans. So check in with your kiddos, ask the questions of both them and the educators that spend so much time with them, and make sure your school is meeting this goal and leading with the heart.