Strategic Plan Launch!

On a recent Friday night (not to mention that it was the first Friday night of February Vacation), Bridge School parents and teachers gathered for an evening of community and Appreciative Inquiry to launch our strategic planning process. Led by John Barstow and Ashley Cadwell we answered three central questions geared at highlighting Bridge School’s core strengths.

“Appreciative Inquiry is a way of being and seeing. It is both a worldview and a process for facilitating positive change in human systems, e.g., organizations, groups, and communities. Its assumption is simple: Every human system has something that works right–things that give it life when it is vital, effective, and successful. AI begins by identifying this positive core and connecting to it in ways the heighten energy, sharpen vision, and inspire action for change. As AI consultant Bernard J. Mohr says, “Problems get replaced with innovation as conversations increasingly shift toward uncovering the organization’s (or group’s, or community’s) positive core.” Source


This evening was not just your average pizza party, community gathering. The significance of our community coming together on a cold Friday night to put our heads together and plan for Bridge’s positive growth felt like an iconic symbol of what makes Bridge School unique. Our community is made up of people who, to quote Dr. Seuss, “care a whole awful lot.”

The results of this collective brainstorm will go into our strategic plan. We are thrilled to launch Bridge School into its next phase of innovative excellence in elementary education.

Bridge School Hosts “Most Likely to Succeed” Documentary Screening

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On Wednesday, May 17, Bridge School and Middlebury Underground present a screening of the award-winning education documentary Most Likely to Succeed, followed by a dialogue about what matters most for education today.

Most Likely to Succeed profiles the origins of our current educational system, developed a century ago during the rise of the industrial age. Since that time, the world economy has transformed profoundly, but the U.S. education system has not. The film focuses on the story of a school in San Diego that is rethinking what the experience of going to school looks like. As viewers follow students, parents and teachers through a truly unorthodox school experience, the audience is forced to consider what sort of educational environment is most likely to succeed in the 21st century?

The purpose of this event is to foster meaningful discussion among educators, administrators, parents, and students about our education system, and to discuss the challenges and opportunities related to pursuing new approaches.