"The Willows does it right." Madeline Levine, Ph.D., Psychologist, Author & Founder of Stanford University's Challenge Success Program
REFLECTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
FROM OUR HEAD OF SCHOOL LISA ROSENSTEIN
In March 1994, 25+ years ago a dedicated group of pioneers joined together to create a new kind of school with a balanced, progressive educational approach and strong roots that instilled character, compassion, and flexibility. They founded our School and our Willows "can-do" spirit!
That same "can-do" spirit sustains us today as we rise together to meet the challenges and uncertainty of these extraordinary times. Working together with innovation, courage, and a mutual love for our children and school, we instituted our Distance Learning Program and ketp our educational program strong and dynamic. Our students remain engaged and thriving. We enter our 2020-2021 school year with renewed strength and the knowledge and conviction that as a caring community we can persevere and with resilience, produce excellence.
A beloved Willows tradition is our annual school-wide theme that unites our community and engages our students in a deep exploration of one topic. The 2020-2021 school-wide theme is ILLUMINATE which will light up our year with optimism and a bright outlook. We will shine a spotlight on our students, cast a light on topics to gain new perspectives, dig deep to enlighten ourselves, and brighten the world around us. “Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness,” wrote Anne Frank whose words speak directly to our world today. Illuminate will be integrated into curriculum as together we investigate how we may use our own light to illuminate the world around us.
Our entire community strives to gain greater understanding of each other and our multi-cultural, highly connected world. I invite you to visit our blog "Wisdom of The Willows," where our faculty and administrators share their knowledge while reflecting on topics that are inspiring and motivating them. Join the conversation at Wisdom of The Willowsand help us keep the love of learning strong in our communities and the world.
We strive to influence education and learning in our world, through our blog, Voice magazine, and Ideas@TheWillows Speaker Series. Committed to enriching the experiences and cultural exchange of our community, we bring educational and parenting experts to The Willows throughout the year and open these events to all of Los Angeles. As part of Ideas@TheWillows, we also screen important documentaries, hold symposiums, and offer workshops.
We ask our students to be passionate learners and engaged citizens, and we, too, as a community also aspire to be life-long learners. To this end, we offer opportunities for growth throughout the year.
In addition to our ideas@TheWillows series, on this wall, I will share books, resources, and articles that offer thought-provoking ideas on a variety of subjects. I invite you to join us as together we celebrate our mutual connections and continue to write the story of The Willows and our extended community.
We will start our new school year facing all our challenges and working together for the good of all our community. Let’s hold our candles high to light the way and defy the darkness and any obstacles in our way. Together as one we can do this.