WT's Vision of the Future

A Dynamic Strategic Process

We will engage in a dynamic strategic process that embraces our Philosophy of Teaching and Learning and takes a bold approach to imagining our future. Through these efforts, we will develop individuals of strong character and prepare them for the demands of a changing world.

A Lens of Equity and Inclusion

Throughout our Strategic Design process, we will utilize our Equity and Inclusion Statement as a lens for learning and operating. It will therefore become an essential element that drives this process and is embedded in the culture, pedagogy, school model, and business operations. We will actively seek to identify and challenge inequities to strengthen our community and to improve the experience for every individual. We will engage all members of our community to fully participate in this effort.

Explore our Strategic Priorities:

Reimagine Learning

  • Deepen and expand our commitment to innovative, student-centered pedagogy, curricula, and practice anchored in real-world connections.
  • Focus on practices and pedagogies that encourage inclusion and equity in learning for all students to achieve optimal learning.
  • Consider innovative ways to continue evolving our school model to prepare students for an unknown future.

Rethink Time and Space

  • Rethink the use of time by examining and redesigning our schedule and calendar in support of innovative learning experiences and student/ employee workload.
  • Think creatively about the use, design, and expansion of space to better meet our needs.
  • Ensure sustainable practices and operations that could minimize environmental impact and improve the organization.

Strengthen Community

  • Ensure community members are supported, appreciated, and cared for through equitable and inclusive practices.
  • Address institutional practices, school climate and model that may be affecting student and adult wellness.
  • Embrace diversity as an essential aspect of a healthy community and increase diversity in all dimensions of the school.
  • Strengthen relationships and collaboration between all individuals.

Support Employees

  • Examine adult capacity to ensure a healthy and productive work environment.
  • Evaluate and redesign structures and processes that inhibit capacity to deliver on the promise of a rigorous and student-centered learning experience.
  • Study various aspects of employment to increase overall satisfaction, including workload, salary, evaluation and professional development, and other retention strategies.

Thriveability

The cover story in the Summer 2019 issue of Thistletalk, WT's alumnae/i magazine, described our approach to strategic thinking about learning and leadership. It is from this context that we developed our vision for the future.

“Thriveability is about the present tense, the relentless attention to a meaningful learning experience for all.” Comprising that experience, notes GLP partner and research scientist Dr. Sarah Goldin, is “the school’s culture, climate, facilities, pedagogy, all wrapped into one, but not separable. It’s not a checklist of buckets of things to attend to; it’s the overall lens of the learning experience.”