Head of School Marja Brandon talks about traditional grading systems and asks the question if we should rethink the way we assess students in a way that rewards points--like as done in gaming.
Head's Welcome & Blog
Welcome from Marja Brandon, Head of School
Why Woodland is an exciting place to be...
I was dazzled when I visited Woodland, not by the setting, or the buildings, or the classrooms, but by the one thing that every school wishes they could claim—students who are sincerely and absolutely the “real deal.” Woodland students are poised and interesting, filled with curiosity and joy—and more importantly authentically themselves. But as I spend more time here, what I continue to learn about Woodland students is even more important and is, in fact, what makes this school so special and such an exciting place to be.
Woodland students grow here at school—but without being rushed to do so. By giving our students time, attention, and nurturing, they mature into critical thinkers who are well prepared academically and who understand and see things from multiple perspectives without trading those skills for their wonder-filled childhoods. They respect and recognize diverse cultures and are equipped with the self-knowledge and skills to work across differences. Woodland students possess the courage to question, the confidence to speak up, and the compassion to take action and seek meaningful solutions in a world desperate for answers. Woodland students can and do make a difference today and will in the future. These are the young people in whose hands we want and entrust our futures, thankfully.
Surrounded by such hope and potential in addition to the incredible families and faculty who complete our community, I couldn’t be any more excited about being part of such a joyful school.
I invite you to learn more about Woodland School, to visit our campus, to reach out if you have any questions, and to join me in supporting our school’s mission...because the world needs Woodland students now more than ever.
Head of School Marja Brandon was recently featured in the NAIS Member Voices podcast in which she shared stories about her upbringing and about Woodland.
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