The Map is Not the Journey
May 19th, 2020
When we were designing Compass, we set out with the belief that schools should help prepare students for uncertainty. We knew we wanted to help students develop the tools to weather adversity, to prepare them not only to be resilient, but also to thrive in novel situations. Wow! We had no idea what practical application the future had in store.
To say that the spring of 2020 has been novel would be an understatement. While this was not the scenario any of us envisioned, we are well-equipped to handle this challenge through the design thinking expertise and the loving community we have cultivated in the past two years. The details of next year are not yet determined, however the DNA of Compass remains strong.
As we empathize with the myriad of challenges and opportunities presented at this time, we will continue to rely on the collective wisdom of national innovative education experts and our own team of student-centered educators to guide our work. This will likely involve new ideas and opportunities, and we look forward to continuing to evolve to meet the needs of our families and larger community.
In designing our learning structure for next school year we will be working with guidance from the Colorado Department of Education, Poudre School District, the Governor’s office, and public health officials to determine the best course of action. Presently, PSD has set the date of June 30 as the deadline for communicating possible scenarios for the fall with the Fort Collins community. At that time we will have a better idea of how our fall opening could be impacted.
More than ever, we recognize that education can take many forms and occur in many contexts. We are committed to taking advantage of every opportunity to help our students grow and develop, no matter the constraints.
We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer!
The Compass Team