Welcome to Volume 3 of The Bridge. This transitional volume ushers in the opening of our inaugural school year, which begins on Tuesday, September 3rd! The Bridge will change and grow to include new voices, especially those of the students, in the coming weeks and months as this learning community leaps into action.
This journey began in earnest two years ago, when a group of people came together and recognized that Pittsburgh needed a high school that believed two key ideas. One, that human beings learn best by doing. Two, that to create a more just, equitable and joyful future we have to live these values in the present. Once we came to this conclusion, the only choice was to make City of Bridges High School a reality.
Creating this school has been possible because of the support, hard work, and passion of the community that has grown up around us and for that I am so grateful.
We held our first annual Envisioning Retreat this past Sunday with board members, faculty, and practitioner-educators. Our time together began by placing ourselves in the lineage of innovative and progressive schools, a reminder that City of Bridges is part of a large and growing family of schools and learning organizations that are striving and succeeding in creating the learning of and for the future. We then dove into an experience facilitated by Dr. Stuart Candy, COB board member. We explored questions central to our work at City of Bridges, like:
How do we know we are doing a good job?
How do we connect to both the local and global community?
How might we activate community genius?
What are the courses and classes that need to be taught in light of the realities of the future?
How might we build a self-reflective institution?
After spending four hours digging deeply into these and other topics, we went our separate ways. I spent a few minutes alone at City of Bridges reflecting on the conversations. I am so honored to be a part of a community that is thinking deeply about and fostering a learning community that genuinely prepares young people to chart paths in their lives to make the world a better place. Yes, City of Bridges is a High School, but is also much more than that. It is a community of people who recognize that if we want a more fruitful future, we need to foster a more fruitful present.