A Culture of Belonging
On October 10th, I spent the day at a wonderful school for students with diverse learning styles, Westfield Day School, in Armonk, NY. Relational teaching is on full display here, where a focus on a culture of belonging exists in every interaction between teacher and student. I was witness to moments of exploration and challenge, and in every case the students were buoyed by the unconditional support of their teacher and peers. I was preaching to the choir, yet also able to help the faculty formalize the brilliant work they do. As a 20-year old 6-12 grade school, Westfield is no longer new but still young. Its mission “Linking education and emotional support”... putting relationships first.