Community By Design: How School Structures, Traditions, and Daily Routines Can Create Collaborative Civic Space and Promote Life in a Diverse Democracy
“Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife.”
-- John Dewey, 1980
“A school should be a model home, a complete community, an embryonic democracy.”
– Colonel Francis Wayland Parker
The purpose of this learning walk is to provide educators with the opportunity to observe and reflect on the ways thoughtful school structures, traditions, and daily routines can transform schools into collaborative civic spaces that promote active participation in a diverse democracy. Hosted by the Hanahau‘oli School Professional Development Center, this experience will highlight how Hanahau‘oli School has used the last 100 years to translate progressive education philosophy into practice. It will provide participants with concrete examples of school structures, traditions, and daily routines that cultivate and nurture an overall positive school culture, build community, and address the social-emotional needs of individual learners.
The learning walk will begin at Hanahau‘oli’s weekly whole-school Friday Assembly. We’ll then spend time in the Hanahau‘oli School Professional Development Center reflecting on the Assembly experience and learning about Hanahau‘oli’s rich history and commitment to progressive education. The structures, traditions, and daily routines shared will include: Courtesy Squad, Flag, Assemblies, Community Circles, Reading Buddies, shaking hands with the Head of School, Stepping Stones, sixth grade/junior kindergarten buddies, team teaching and multi-age classrooms, recess, and our unique lunchtime structure. This will be followed by a school tour, where participants will get to see these progressive practices in action. At the end of the learning walk, participants will reflect on the experience with fellow participants and Hanahau‘oli’s Head of School, Lia Woo, over lunch, provide feedback about observations, and make connections to their home schools.