Making Community Connections (MC2) Mission:
Empowering me with the knowledge and skills to use my unique voice effectively and with integrity in co-creating our global public world.
Our vision is to eliminate the predictive value of race, class, language, gender, and special capacities on student achievement in our schools and in our communities by working together with families and communities to ensure each child’s success. We actively seek to uncover, recover, and discover the unique gifts and talents that each child possesses.
MC2 schools work effectively with families, community members, and social service agencies to solve real problems and enable each individual student to become empowered with the knowledge and skills to use his or her voice effectively and with integrity in co-creating our world. Students graduate from MC2 as stewards of the public global world. They have the will, skill, capacity and knowledge to contribute to the greater good, and are ready for college, career, and life.
High quality learning for all students
State and national standards provide the basis of MC2 students’ learning. All curriculum standards are linked to Career Clusters, guiding students to explore relationships between their learning in school and possible career and life pathways. Students are taught how to recognize their unique strengths and how to apply those strengths to overcome academic challenges. They are taught how to set goals and manage time, and they are guided in ways to become productive participants in their communities.
Learning team focused on learner strengths
The learning team consists of the student, parents and/or family members, and the advisor, with community partners/mentors as appropriate. Learning teams work together to identify students’ strengths and help them overcome challenges. Students and families are partners in this process. Parents are provided information, training, and a common language for talking about students’ learning progress.
Student and family choice and voice
MC2 is a democratic community, designed to provide ongoing opportunities for students and families to shape the policies and practices that impact their learning and lives. Teachers seek regular feedback from students and parents, and coach students on how to give constructive feedback that can be heard and acted upon.
Real life learning experiences
Through a variety of learning opportunities, students work with teachers and mentors to design personally meaningful work that addresses curriculum standards. Students learn how to take responsibility for proving their learning in relation to school expectations and personal goals. Students are taught how to communicate their learning through a variety of methods including projects, portfolios and presentations.
Community based learning
Students learn in community settings as well as in school settings. Students work on community projects and with community mentors. Assessment of learning is based on shared responsibility, between academic and content/skill experts, and among the learning team.