September 21, 2009
Dear Gevirtz School Community member:
You are invited to participate in the process of developing the Harding Lab School, which is a new venture in the history of our UCSB and Harding School.
Specifically, there are two meetings will be held on Tuesday, October 13 and Tuesday, November 10 from 2:45-4:45 PM in the Harding School Auditorium. You will be joined by other members of the Harding School and UCSB communities. The purpose of the meetings is to develop key concepts for a UCSB/Harding Lab School. These ideas will be written into a Memo of Understanding (MOU) for to be presented at a regularly-scheduled board meeting of the Santa Barbara School Districts Board of Education on January 12, 2010. Prior to the Board meeting, the design team members (see next paragraph) will submit a draft to you for feedback and further input.
Becoming a UCSB lab school is part of the Harding School Restructuring Plan.
Since June 2009, a small team of the UCSB and Harding School faculties have been meeting to discuss and dream about what our lab school might look like, how it ties to the IB PYP, and most recently to design a process to develop the key concepts. The design team members include: Jane Conoley, Willis Copeland, Patrick Faverty, Sally Kingston, Jennifer Lindsay, Jason Raley, Robin Sawaske, Carol Schwyzer, Tine Sloan, Jane Santos Sweeney, and Layne Wheeler. As a group, we have shared how energizing and exciting this venture truly is. We have not made any decisions at this point; however, we are eager to get together with the broader community to develop our thinking together about what a lab school can look like.
If you are interested in learning more, you can visit the UCLA Lab School website.
Please RSVP to me by email at email@example.com if you will be attending the two meetings.
Thank you for all that you do to support Harding School.
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