2019

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  • Headwaters Student Thread | May 2019 | Issue 1

    Elliot Pearson, Headwaters 9th Grader & Louisa Baldwin, Headwaters 12th Grader
    Welcome to the first edition of the Student Thread, Headwaters student newsletter! The Student Thread is a project from the High School Community Leaders and is curated by Elliot Pearson and edited by Louisa Baldwin. We’re so excited to share our first issue with you all and continue this in the upcoming school year.

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  • Ted Talks: Why We Hope You're Curious About the AIM Results

    Ted Graf
    One of the most enduring features of working in schools is that in order to create a stimulating learning environment, you must continue learning yourself. (Incidentally, this was the theme of our recent and very successful Spring Fling where we raised money for faculty and staff professional development.) Earlier this year and in an attempt to be learners during the school year, the senior administrative team read, discussed, and studied Brene Brown's new book, Dare to Lead. In fact, we spent hours across six meetings exploring the relationship between empathy, leadership, and trust. Brown is clear and sometimes challenging about the topic of diversity and inclusivity. She touched a nerve for me in the following passage,

    “People are opting out of vital conversations about diversity and inclusivity because they fear looking wrong, saying something wrong, and being wrong. Choosing our own comfort over hard conversations is the epitome of privilege, and it corrodes trusts and moves us away from meaningful and lasting change.” (p. 9)

    I, for one, have certainly experienced each of those fears this year, and I have found myself at times unable to speak in conversations when I think parents, guides, or students might be expecting me to say something wise, or, at least, useful. One of my hopes for the AIM process is that it will create space for us to do what Brown urges, “have hard conversations instead of protecting our own comfort.” I think we have begun to do just that, and I believe there's plenty of room for growth and practice.

    Here are four reasons I hope you'll turn out to hear the AIM results:

    First and foremost, many of us care deeply about student voice and know it's core to the school's identity. As you'll see and hear, student voice figures prominently in the results from the AIM process. While 465 people responded to the survey, the big news here is 42% (195 students) of the respondents were between 12 and 18 years old; they are the ones who will live in a city, state, and world that is diversifying rapidly. And, I would add, having recently visited our Social Justice elective in middle school, the students are neither shy, timid, nor hesitant to have conversations about race, ethnicity, gender, or identity. I hope we adults can figure out how to follow their lead.

    Second, we hold a broad range of perceptions (and misperceptions) about our school--that's, of course, to be expected given how spread out we are geographically and given the wide age-range of students we serve. Thanks to the AIM process we have a chance to correct some of the misperceptions. One example of a misperception: the board of trustees is homogeneous and less diverse than other groups in the school. It's actually majority female with seven female trustees and six male; two trustees identify as people of color for 15% of the Board makeup. In comparison, the faculty's composition across the three campuses is slightly different than the board's: approximately 75% of the faculty are female and 20% of faculty identify as people of color. So, neither group is homogeneous, though those numbers vary by campus and program.

    Third, these results are the beginning of conversations about how to make our school more welcoming, more diverse, and more equitable. Only by being in conversation about these results can we begin to generate ideas that support all students in their journey toward identity formation and bringing more peace to the world.

    Fourth, as I have come to learn since moving to Austin four years ago, breakfast tacos are the best way to start a day, and I look forward to sharing them with you.

    So, you are enthusiastically invited to join me and Lorena Germán, AIM Coordinator, as we present perceptions, concerns, and recommendations as expressed by the 465 of us who participated in the AIM process.
    • Tuesday, May 7: Tacos with Ted & Lorena, Springs Community Picnic Table, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
    • Thursday, May 9: AIM Parent Meeting with Ted & Lorena, Creek Campus Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    Friday, May 10: Tacos with Ted & Lorena, River Campus Garden, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
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  • Ted Talks: Spring and All

    Ted Graf

    Ted Talks

    By Ted Graf, Head of School

    Spring and All

    (with eternal gratitude to William Carlos Williams for the borrowed title.)
     
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  • Ted Talks: Learning from People We Love

    Ted Graf

     

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  • Ted Talks: Civil Rights Day 2019

    Ted Graf, Head of School
    On Friday, January 19, I got to be a student all day; it was both memorable and moving.
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  • YOLO + Government + Economics

    In Mike Franz's Government and Economics class, the game of YOLO is central to each week. 

    But what is YOLO? What does YOLO even mean?
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  • 2019-2020 Headwaters Academic Calendar

    Headwaters School has announced the 2019-2020 Academic Calendar. New Update as of 5/8/2019.
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  • End-of-Year Ceremonies 2018-19 - Final Reminder of events!

    End-of-Year Ceremonies 2018-2019

    As we come to the end of the 2018-19 School Year, let's celebrate!
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Springs Campus

18 months to Pre-K
6305 Manchaca Rd.
Austin, TX 78745
Phone: 512-443-8843

Creek Campus

Elementary School
9607 Brodie Ln.
Austin, TX 78748
Phone: 512-804-2708
Fax: 512-628-4810

River Campus

Middle & High School
807 Rio Grande St.
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-480-8142
Fax: 512-480-0278