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Building a Curriculum That Builds Leaders

Metanoia recognizes that the youth in our neighborhood have capabilities and assets that are essential to the success of our neighborhood. We work each day to nurture these capabilities through year-round opportunities that further develop students’ character, excellence, and presence.

Keeping this in mind, a great deal of thought goes into the development of curriculum to ensure we are growing the students’ leadership capacity and promoting educational development. Dr. Katherine Houghton, our Curriculum Development Specialist, works to construct a curriculum that will inspire, inform, and challenge students. “Dr. K”, as she is lovingly called, compiles information about what students will be learning in the upcoming terms at school, considers community events, and even approaching holidays, to guide some of her choices.

The curriculum is thoughtful, but equally inspiring is the methodology that is used to bring it to life for the students. During staff development meetings, the MYLA team can collaborate on the goals of each series and gain insights from Dr. K, each other, and from Stacy Brown, the MYLA Director of Operations.

“As I write the curriculum, I become intimately familiar with the details of each topic, I read everything that will, and encourage the staff to do the same,” Dr. K explains. “I want the students to be inspired by what they study and the best way to do that is to inspire the staff. Writing a great curriculum means nothing without the staff bringing it to life for each student. They are the ones making it real for the students every day.” Writing a great curriculum means nothing without the staff bringing it to life for each student. They are the ones making it real for the students every day.”

Dr. K encourages the staff to notice what students get excited about and dig in deeper in those moments. This approach creates a guided and enriched learning environment where students are engaged in the lessons. Part of the experience of Metanoia is realizing that we learn as much from the students as they learn from us. As we see the projects come in and hear their insights about each series, we are inspired by them and continue to push forward together.

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