Milestone is an innovation in new ideas, and only because it is built on the community and hard work of change makers that came before us, and with whom we partner.
For over 25 years and all across the globe, Big Picture schools have created deep learning "One Student At A Time." Milestone's Advisory and Community Learning programs come directly from the Big Picture model.
Schools that empower teachers as owners, administrators, managers, and caretakers of their own schools are thriving and keeping students at the center of their work. #teacherpowered helps our EC make collective decisions.
A democratic school doesn't live up to its name if it doesn't take on "racial justice and equity, youth voice, place-based education, sovereignty, and systems change." IDEA constantly inspires the work we do.
Some charter schools create re-segregation. Diverse Charters intentionally integrate so schools "will embody the diversity of our nation’s people – across race, socioeconomic status, language and abilities." That's democracy.
"No grades/GPAs... flexible... student-centered... equitable..." When our Design Team decided we wanted our own assessment and evaluation to do these things, we thought we'd have to invent something from scratch. Nope! MTC has been at it for over five years with hundreds of schools.
The biggest public entity in our city that promotes "education, literacy and community involvement" just like us? How could we not partner with our neighborhood branch? We take regular trips to Pinney, and staff from the library provides regular programming at our school, too!