by Dr. Heather Tracy, Ed.D.
I came across this report and had to post it. Why? Because this just further validates why a high school like SIGA is needed and why it will be so beneficial its students development. For almost 2 decades now, our educational systems have been focusing on test scores and GPAs. Students have been forced to compete for numbers. The result of that (and a lot of other cultural changes in our society) has not been what people had hoped. Instead of kids being clearer on what they needed to do to "achieve," we've reduced kids to numbers and data and neglected the very characteristics and tools that they will need not to get INTO college but rather to be successful IN college and AFTER college - not just as professionals, but as human beings, parents, friends, partners, and authentically confident, resilient, caring human beings.
SIGA is dedicated to not reducing our students to numbers, rankings, and college "acceptances." Our students will achieve in all of those areas, but we will not validate them based on those standards. SIGA will let our students be human again - not judged by a perfect profile on social media or the highest test score, but rather active agents in their own lives, artists crafting better worlds, and resilient, confident youth who accept themselves whether or not a college admissions committee (who does not even know them) accepts them. SIGA will do - as this report suggests... (see below)
Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework (University of Chicago)
"It characterizes the experiences and relationships youth need to develop into young adults who have agency, an integrated identity, and the requisite competencies to successfully meet the complex challenges of young adulthood and become thriving, contributing members of their communities."
Jenny Nagaoka, Camille A. Farrington, Stacy B. Ehrlich, and Ryan D. Heath with David W. Johnson, Sarah Dickson, Ashley Cureton Turner, Ashley Mayo, and Kathleen Hayes. (June 2015). Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework. Executive Summary. The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research. pp.9. https://consortium.uchicago.edu/sites/default/files/publications/Exec_Summary_YAS_Framework.pdf