We know that poverty, migration, race, disability, and gender all shape our world. We need to learn how these work in the world if we want to create a democracy that works for us all. We can heal and become empowered as we learn.
If a decision affects you, you have a right to help make that decision. At Milestone, students, families, staff, and our community work together to guide and shape our school. Self-governance grows from our values and beliefs.
We prevent conflict and harm by working together and caring for each other. Everyone needs to feel safe and have their voices heard. When conflict and harm do happen, we hold people accountable to restore and transform.
Advisors work with students to plan learning. What do we need to learn? What do we want to learn? How do we learn best? Where does our best learning happen? Everyone can grow into critical thinking, social and emotional skill building, and a broad and complete view of the world.
We plan our learning together, starting with specific targets. We all need to develop for our futures, learn to claim our rights, and understand our resources.
We use one-on-one communication to give meaningful feedback on learning. Personal goals are the basis for all evaluation.
We are creating a “pop-up school” to be accessible to everyone. We use culture to make our space comforting, calm, and inclusive.
We work together to plan, grow, and help prepare all our food. Our goal is food that is culturally sustaining, fresh fresh, and fulfilling.
This document, written by the Design Team, describes in detail how all the above will work at our school: