The Gathering Place is an award-winning, first-of-its-kind free public school that nurtures each child’s compassion and creativity.
Years of research show that schools need to change. But sadly, they have largely stayed the same.
Test Centered - Most of what happens during the day is about preparing kids for standardized tests.
Passive Learning - Kids sit most the day listening to their teacher and completing worksheets or problems from a textbook.
Punitive Discipline - Behavior is controlled through punishments and rewards which don’t support children’s well-being.
The Gathering Place
Child Centered - What happens during the day is focused around each child and their individual development and passion.
Active Learning - Kids learn more deeply by working hands-on with activities and projects that connect to their community and life.
Restorative Practices - Kids learn to be compassionate and kind by focusing on strong relationships, kindness, and empathy.
“The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers — creative and holistic ‘right-brain’ thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn’t.” - Daniel Pink, educational researcher and author.
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