IGNITE Summer 2018 - Page 2

The Right Kind of Real World Lessons What does it mean to prepare a child for life after high school? At almost any K-12 institution, it involves the cultivation of work ethic, a grounding in critical reasoning skills, and the foundation of a lifelong love of learning. These elements of character can carry a student far into his or her higher education, and beyond. But throughout AOPS, teachers are also preparing our students for lives of cultural and scientific responsibility. We’re launching and developing initiatives that shape not only how students learn, but also how they will lead their communities, and bring about societal change. That’s why, in this issue of Ignite, we’re speaking to professionals who are guiding children through challenges of every scale, and from every angle. For example, teachers who are helping students tackle technical STEM challenges, as well as those highlighting the moral implications of new technology — as part of a debate team initiative. It’s why we’re spotlighting Holy Trinity Elementary School, where students are tackling global issues during a United Nations-inspired challenge focused on the sustainability of world resources. And it’s why we’re featuring educators at Ss. John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School who are cultivating the sustainability of interpersonal relations, thanks to a recently- launched discussion on diversity and social justice. To be sure, part of preparing children for life after high school means honing their academic skills. Yet in this issue of Ignite, you’ll see how AOPS faculty are also preparing students with skills that do not live in any textbook — those that empower them to evaluate decisions, understand the implications, and bring about change that benefits their communities every day. Best, Nick Regina Office of Catholic Education 2