Monthly Archives: May 2012

This We Believe!

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The Beliefs of the Integrated Arts Academy

CREATING A SAFE SPACE
We believe that we all do our best when we feel physically, emotionally, intellectually, and artistically safe, and that creating and maintaining this safe space is a shared responsibility.

COMMITTING TO SUCCESS FOR ALL
We believe that all students can learn at high levels, and that our success should be judged by the success of our students, particularly those with the highest needs and unique challenges.

EMBRACING DIVERSITY
We believe that the diversity of our community is our most valuable asset, and we strive to learn from our diverse histories, ancestral backgrounds, and individuality.

FLOURISHING THROUGH THE ARTS
We believe that the Arts allow us to develop our capacity for creative expression, for engagement in powerful learning, for understanding the world, and for finding and using our voices well.

WELCOMING MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES
We believe that inviting many different perspectives into constructive dialogue and creative expression enriches our school and supports individual & collective growth.

BUILDING COMMUNITY
We believe that creating a school culture where each child, family member, and staff person is a valued and welcomed contributor to our community allows us to practice hospitality, inclusion, and invitation.

CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS & CONTRIBUTIONS
We believe that pausing to recognize and celebrate our gifts and contributions to the school reminds us of our connections to each other.

COMMUNICATING TRANSPARENTLY
We believe that communicating openly, honestly, and transparently builds trust, fosters relationships, and sets a positive example for everyone.

ACTIVELY COLLABORATING.
We believe that active participation, cooperation, and collaboration create shared ownership and a sense of belonging that are vital to the success of our school.

PERSONALIZED LEARNING
We believe that honoring student differences and interests and providing hands-on experiences can make learning fun and pleasurable. We commit to identifying and confronting all obstacles to learning.

There is No Power for Change…..

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There is No Power for Change…..

There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.
-Margaret Wheatley

On Wednesday, May 9th, the staff at the Integrated Arts Academy had a full day retreat at Shelburne Farms. This was a day dedicated to building a collaborative community, experiencing the arts, reinforcing our beliefs about education, and fostering respect. It was an idyllic location, the coach barn is beyond beautiful and rich with a historic aesthetic, and we had it to ourselves. It was a wonderful inspiring home for the day. This opportunity was gifted to the IAA from the local chapter of The United Way of Chittenden County. The United Way is an organization that supports community and improves lives by creating opportunities for all. One area it focuses on is education. The IAA is grateful for their generosity.

We had amazing people to work with that day – four passionate, talented, brilliant artists to inspire us: visual artist, Bonnie Acker; singer & songwriter, Jon Gailmor; theater instructor and play expert extraordinaire, Robin Fawcett; and movement artist and dance educator; Lida Winfield. With their guidance, the IAA educational community created. We worked together creatively in these four art domains. We made a collaborative and colorful collage inspired by our ten beliefs to hang in our building. We also wrote and sang a song with Jon Gailmor that exemplifies our welcoming attitude here at school. With Lida and Robin we used movement and drama to reinforce our commitment to the importance of safety within a community, especially a learning community devoted to the education of all of our students. And we unanimously agreed upon our ten belief statements about education.

Here are some photo’s from the day. Just take a look at our teachers and staff – what a fantastic learning community!

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