Rocky Hill School is among the nation’s first schools to join a new national campaign to mobilize middle and high schools to prepare young people to be constructive community members and citizens who create a better world. Led by Harvard’s Making Caring Common project, the Caring Schools #CommonGood campaign aims to motivate schools to take action to help mend our country’s fractures and strengthen democracy. “We are very excited to be part of this important project,” said Mike Gwaltney, Head of Upper School. “Rocky Hill School has always been a supportive community to students and their families, and this project will help show students how they can help make their communities more supportive for everyone.” The campaign seeks to advance the following specific goals by working with schools nationwide:
- Deepen students’ care for others and their communities;
- Increase equity and access for all students in the college admissions process; and
- Reduce excessive achievement pressure in communities where it is detrimental to students.
These goals align with and build on Making Caring Common’s successful Turning the Tide initiative that has engaged more than 175 college admissions offices nationwide.
“Our country is at a crossroads,” said Dr. Richard Weissbourd, Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Faculty Director of the Making Caring Common project. “We need to mobilize the great strengths of Americans to prepare young people to build strong, inclusive communities and to protect democracy. This work has perhaps never been more important.”
To join the campaign, schools commit to taking substantial, meaningful action to advance one or more of the campaign’s goals and to engage in a self-assessment or evaluation process to measure the impact of their action(s). Schools that commit to, implement, and evaluate the impact of their efforts will earn a special designation from Making Caring Common. Rocky Hill School was one of more than 135 schools that joined the campaign as “early leaders” who helped to inform, shape, and build momentum for the campaign.
Rocky Hill School’s commitments include using data to enhance the school’s caring, inclusive community, implementing a new evidence-based social and emotional learning program, and leveraging the power of student leaders to create a more welcoming and inclusive school environment. This work will be led by a team of administrators in the Upper School, including Gwaltney, Dean of Student Life Eléna Rich, Director of Counseling and Wellness Traci Fairchild, and Director of Diversity Matt Gnolfo.
As part of the launch, Rocky Hill School today is joining other early leaders on Facebook and Twitter using the Caring Schools #CommonGood hashtag to express support for the campaign, publicly commit to a chosen action(s), and encourage schools nationwide to join the effort. New schools interested in joining the campaign are encouraged to share a photo and use the text “Count us in! We’re joining the Caring Schools #CommonGood campaign.” on Facebook and Twitter on March 6.
More information about how schools, parents, and students can join the campaign can be found at commongoodcampaign.makingcaringcommon.org.
About Making Caring Common Making Caring Common (MCC), a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, helps educators, parents, and communities raise children who are caring, responsible to their communities, and committed to justice. Web: www.makingcaringcommon.org Facebook: Making Caring Common Twitter: @MCCHarvardEd