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School Within School is a public, teacher-directed school. Our mission is to support and develop children’s potential through a uniquely child-centered, collaborative learning environment inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to education.

From the SWS Blog: 100 Languages of Children

Ms. Ochmanek, SWS Librarian: Building a community of readers and a love of reading

Ms. Barbara Ochmanek, who came to SWS the fall we moved to the Goding building, has been steadily building our school’s library collection and programming to foster a love of reading and support literacy skills and classroom projects across the […]

SWS Principal’s Corner: Community Meetings — Creating a Culture of Kindness

Our classroom and schoolwide community meetings are intentional ways of creating a community of kindness at SWS. For our schoolwide community meeting this month, students and staff are coming together around questions of equality and inclusion to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, […]

Student-led dialogue: Thinking better together

In this post, Ms. Scofield describes the process she and Mr. Leavitt used to guide second graders in developing the provocation for the November schoolwide community meeting: “How can we take care of our world?”

Early in November, Mr. Leavitt and I […]

2nd grade Monarch Museum: Nuturing a sense of wonder

Each student at SWS visited a museum in December to learn about monarch butterflies, but they didn’t head to the Smithsonian. They went to the second grade hallway!

Ms. Scofield’s second grade class created its own “Monarch Museum” and invited each SWS […]

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