As I make the move from Laurens District 55 to Riverside Middle School, I am trying to build new partnerships to work with existing partnerships. Ben and his father, Tom, are major catalysts in building a growing network.
With more and more school stakeholders getting on board the "broken education system" bandwagon, we are asking stakeholders to become catalysts of innovative new approaches to revamping the system. Schools can't do this alone. We do not exist in a vacuum, and as Tom Riddle said, "there seem to be these imaginary walls between the public and private sector that keep us apart". We both drink from the same cup of Koolaid.
One of the beautiful things about creating partnerships is that "we" don't work alone. When we partner, we work as a team. The team makes decisions about what works best for our students. About what works best for the community. We offer students insights into their own future and open up the classroom to the world our students live in and will one day inherit and lead.
To help us make this vision a reality, please catalyze change by filling out the diagram on the right. Be as specific or as open as you see fit. Gather a team to help you as we are gathering more members of our local team. For instance, the Riverside MVAD students will be partnering with the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce to begin building their own networks to learn with and to teach to. We hope to engage the Riverside PTO in this endeavor as well.