I took a few weeks off from updating the blog as we dealt with the end-of-summer enrollment rush.
But an enrollment rush is a great problem to have, so I felt it was worth it.
I can't say enough about how pleased I am with our students and staff for the way the first week and a half has gone; it's been smooth sailing each day, and the few minor glitches we've seen have been handled calmly and efficiently.
One thing I've been thinking about all summer (and for most of the past decade) is this: if education is a customer-service industry (and it definitely is), then what is the service we provide?
I think it's something bigger than merely classroom instruction. Edgewood has to be about more than simply getting spelling words and physics problems completed correctly.
At teacher pre-planning this year, we talked a lot about school culture, because I think that's ultimately the service we provide our students. Edgewood is about more than selling access to an educational product; it's about providing access to a school culture that our students couldn't find anywhere else.
This blog post from Dr. Scott McLeod only takes five minutes to read, but it perfectly sums up my thoughts about where we're going to aim Edgewood in terms of school culture. I hope you'll take a moment to read it, and I look forward to working with our students, faculty, and families as we continue building Edgewood into a place where students are constantly learning to love learning.