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From Vision to Visionary

Mission and Values

The Innovative School of Temple Beth Sholom is a Reggio inspired Jewish community dedicated to joyful learning

Our Big Ideas

We believe school should be a place for learning how to live and be a productive member of a community. Schools are not just for learning academic subject matter. Our approaches are constructed to bridge the gap between academic content, skill and concept learning with meaningful applications that make the pursuit of knowledge relevant in the real world. Our learners become co-constructors of their learning and this is a learning disposition that will be nurtured in our learners for a life-time.

MISSION

The Innovative School of Temple Beth Sholom is a welcoming and collaborative environment where listening is key, thinking is visible, communication authentic, and our practice is reflective. As a community we continually strive to recognize and actualize limitless possibility. Our Jewish roots ground us and influence how we live, supporting our decision making and approaches. Our practice is guided by our belief that children are competent. We are dedicated to strengthening our deep understanding of child development and children’s rights to constructively learn and grow in an environment that nourishes their spiritual, cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. We are committed to the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam, making the world a better place. The importance of relationships is recognized as a thread that weaves the fabric of our community, creating strong partnerships amongst staff, families and children.

OUR Values –
KEHILLA APPROACH™

Kehilla Community

Within our Jewish tradition, it is a mitzvah to do acts of loving kindness (Derekh Eretz) – a virtue in many cultures and religions. At Temple Beth Sholom Innovative School, connections and relationships are at the core of our philosophical, pedagogical, and ethical practices and approaches. We want to raise our children to be kind, respectful and socially competent.

Within our social constructive practices, we believe that social and emotional competency development is critical to the development of understanding self. Achieving this benchmark is an essential goal to nurturing interdependent relationships with the people within the environment. We know that when our learners understand their own personal feelings, then they are ripe for registering the feelings of others. We strive to nurture caring, responsive, and empathetic community members.

Open, honest, and transparent communication is critical to growing a healthy community where members feel they are safe and trusted. We believe that embodying an honest disposition means that our learners can constructively approach even the most difficult of situations with integrity, strength, and resonance.

We strive to create sacred space and sacred time within our school community, which helps to define our unique approach to developing interdependent dispositions. Our learners grow to respect one another. They work together to ensure that each individual’s needs are met appropriately and effectively.

Building a disposition to become a life-long learner starts very early on and the adults in a young child’s life have the awesome opportunity to model life-long learning habits. The development of strong mindsets that include such habits as persistency, motivation, curiosity, and agency can lead to a lifetime of joyful learning.

We live in a world where differences often invoke fear and hate. Our learners develop an awareness of differences at an early age. It is our responsibility to help them to naturally think about how other people feel and think. We want to nurture our learners’ dispositions towards seeing different perspectives within a world that includes everyone. Awareness, respectfulness, fairness, and justice provide substance for creating common threads of acceptance and appreciation of differences.