“Life is a learning process; learning is a life-long process.
You can’t separate them.” --Vivienne Forrester
PAIDEIA comes from the ancient Greek words pais, paidos and means the upbringing of a child.
A Paideia school is a community of students, teachers, and parents who are concerned with creating and sustaining an educational environment that fosters lifelong learning and creating knowledgeable, concerned, and responsible citizens.
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A PAIDEIA SCHOOL…
In a Paideia school, the belief is strongly held that “all children can learn.”
In a Paideia school, learning primarily occurs through Socratic questioning, coached projects, and seminars.
In a Paideia school, students learn how to learn; how to find information, interpret that information and think critically..
In a Paideia school, good citizenship is emphasized as well as tolerance, comfort with diversity, respect, and empathy.
In a Paideia school, teachers are life-long learners and are actively engaged in expanding their knowledge.
In a Paideia school, learning applies to the real world. Students are encouraged to go out into the community, are involved in community service, and work on projects for a “real” audience.
In a Paideia school, expectations for quality work are made clear during the work process. At many steps along the way, students are “coached” by peers and teachers.
In a Paideia school, responsibility for assessment is shared by students and teachers; self-reflection is expected.
In a Paideia school, the arts are integrated into the curriculum/courses.
In a Paideia school, students are challenged both academically and personally.
In a Paideia school, students learn by doing and through experiences.
A Paideia school is a place of great conversations!
If you want to read more about Paideia, go to: www.paideia.org