Message from Heidi Cook: November 2021

Message from Heidi Cook: November 12, 2021
Posted on 11/12/2021
Dear Baldwin Community,

I recently heard someone speak about organizations having a mission that is designed to last--to remain relevant even with the changes of the world around us. In the business world, that means being ready to create new products or services that reflect the rapidly evolving needs of customers. In schools, we must prepare students to be ready for a future that we can’t even imagine.

The values that ground the vision for our school: Joy, Belonging, Challenge and Growth are designed to guide us in giving students the solid foundation they need to find success here at Baldwin AND beyond.

Helping students find moments of joy, but also helping students understand their right to be joyful is so important. We want to cultivate joy in learning and joy in being together as habits that students build into their lives.

We hope to ensure kids feel belonging, but also know how to include others. From greeting every student at the door, diversifying our library collection, celebrating different identities, we model and teach this important value.

We want students to get used to the feeling of engaging in meaningful work and productive struggle. We sometimes talk about giving kids brains “something to chew on.” As they eventually leave Baldwin and enter new communities, we want them to be critical thinkers and problem solvers who seek out challenges and help unlock solutions.

You’ve probably heard about the idea of growth mindset--it?s the way we live life at Baldwin. Every member of our community makes mistakes, learns, and keeps growing. We celebrate achievements, yes, but we also celebrate progress, learning moments and persistent effort.

Thanks for joining me in reinforcing these ideas and ways of thinking at home. We are proud to partner with you, parents and caregivers, in the work of educating your children!

Heidi Cook
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