Everybody has a story.

At Walden School we believe that everybody has a story, that this story has meaning, and that it needs to be told. This simple, but profound, truth inspires the work I do at Walden as the Head of School. Additionally, I am the wife of Moses, the mother of a spoiled Chihuahua, and a passionate lover of the human story and peace and justice in all forms. I love to read, write, eat, and travel, and if I didn’t spend my days here at Walden, I’d probably figure out how to have Anthony Bourdain’s job or be a concert tour photographer. That’s a little of my story.

Our curriculum also has a story of its own. It was developed through the collective work of our faculty and administration and demonstrates the distinctive qualities of a Walden education from Pre-K to 6th grade. Our aim is to illustrate a value we hold dear in the Walden community: using the story of our past to inform, develop, and change the story of our future.

This commitment to improvement is reflected in the partnerships and choices we make when developing and implementing curriculum. Considering the child’s social, emotional, and academic growth, we have adopted programs that reflect our mission and values like Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP), Singapore Math, Responsive Classroom, and the Orff Schulwerk.

Also guiding our practice are the interests, talents, and skills of each child, as deep understandings and connections are key attributes in a progressive environment. Based on John Dewey’s philosophy that education begins with the curiosity of the learner, we utilize a spiral path of inquiry: asking questions; investigating solutions; creating new knowledge as we gather information; discussing our discoveries and experiences; and reflecting on our newfound knowledge. We deliver our program in multi-year groups called “cores” that offer children the opportunity to grow and develop at their own pace without being held to a specific age or grade level. The best way to see this story is in action, so I hope you’ll schedule a tour and spend some time sharing your and your child’s story with us.

Terra Toscano
Head of School