Over this past fall the Board of Education and school leaders have discussed what enduring characteristics make a Bronxville education distinctive. These discussions have produced "the Bronxville Promise," a framework of four dispositions -- innovation, leadership, critical thinking, and engaged citizens. These four dispositions are designed to guide the way students plan their course of study, the way teachers organize teaching and learning activities, and the way parents and the larger community support the school.
To innovate, discover, and create;
To make something new from what you know.
To find your voice and communicate clearly,
To lead with passion and persistence;
To think critically and explore nature, history, and culture;
To gain the understanding and courage to change.
To collaborate and serve others;
To engage with the world near and far, making it a better place
As the Bronxville Promise evolved, the Board noted many examples of exemplary student work, but also questioned how best to ensure that all students exhibit these dispositions. That challenge -- how to make the Bronxville Promise a reality for all students -- has shaped the goals that Superintendent David Quattrone presented to the Board at its January meeting. The Board reviewed and revised the goals, emphasizing greater alignment with the Bronxville Promise, classroom application, and evaluation criteria as a way of showing progress.
The revised goals can be found here. They are organized by three guiding questions:
How can we inspire all students to develop dispositions for innovation, leadership, critical thinking, and engaged citizenship?
How can we ensure that the physical facilities are up-to-date and support innovation, leadership, critical thinking and engaged citizenship?
What comprises a fiscally responsible, sustainable model of educational excellence for the Bronxville School?
These questions, Quattrone noted, come from a perspective of continuous improvement not a one-year action plan. In that sense, he said, progress will take time and is likely to span multiple years.