Learn Forward

An Invitation to the Most Important Journeys of a Child

Willowstone Academy is Learn Forward’s Model School. We embrace the Learn Forward educational model in all we do.

THE LEARN FORWARD EDUCATION MODEL
We cultivate growth mindsets, along with being an inclusive learning community, cultivating the conditions for thriving for students, parents, and teachers. We consistently ask, “What matters most?” and “What is the next right thing to do?” We cultivate a change-ready culture.

OUR TEAM
Our high-performance, multi-disciplinary team encourages open-hearted collaboration, innovative pedagogy, sustainability, and high hopes for every child. Our heart always believes in equity and inclusion for all.

THE TABLE OF LEARNING
The Table of Learning includes the parent, teacher, and student. The learning remains central, in the middle of the table. Every voice is welcome and we are all on equal ground. Here, we yearn for thriving and celebrate the journey in its entirety. We have a communal growth mindset because everything represents progress and forward motion. This is a place for being, becoming, and believing.

WE ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE EXTRAORDINARY POTENTIAL THAT LIVES WITHIN EVERY CHILD

OUR MANIFESTO

Willowstone Academy Learn Forward Manifesto

Our Manifesto defines our roots, offering keywords and memorable phrases that permeate our school. Developed throughout several months in partnership with our teachers, students, parents, administration, school board, and broader community members, our manifesto is displayed in every classroom, with a 6-foot version adorning our main school staircase. Our Manifesto serves to describe the lived experience and ideal at Willowstone Academy in a way that draws attention to our uniqueness, while simultaneously offering insights into what we believe are essential ingredients for the transformation of education in the 21st Century.

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THE 5 JOURNEYS

are a cornerstone of the Learn Forward model. At Willowstone Academy, we explore the 5 most important journeys of a child:

CHANGEMAKING, BELONGING,
SELFHOOD, WORTHINESS,
AND FAITH

THE FOUNDER OF LEARN FORWARD
Karine Veldhoen, M. Ed., the founder of Learn Forward, is an Educational Leader and the Chief Learning Officer of Willowstone Academy. She bravely leans into powerful questions with the purpose of propelling education forward for the sake of children. Mrs. Veldhoen has authored the Learn Forward book, an invitation for parents and educators to understand what is most important to a child from their perspective from the inside out. The book can be purchased here.

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