Teaching, Learning, and Measuring What Matters

Preparing children to be adaptive thinkers with strength of heart and character is essential in these unprecedented times of change and uncertainty in the world. Caulbridge School has committed to an in-depth assessment process that measures courageous learning and positive self-concept which are central to providing a relevant education in a nurturing environment.

We intentionally focus on courageous learning as a student outcome because the ability to step outside of one’s comfort zone relates to success in academics, relationships and life. We believe that in times of increased stress or challenging situations, positive self-concept serves as a source of resiliency and compassion for self and others. By positive self-concept we mean the ability to evaluate oneself in positive and self-affirming ways across situations and contexts, even when falling short of one’s expectations or hopes; the ability to demonstrate pro-social behavior, ethical decision-making, and a striving for genuine and caring relationships.

Peter Poutiatine, a prominent Marin educator and evaluation consultant is working with Caulbridge School to help design high-quality assessment metrics that measure what matters most for student success. Mr. Poutiatine consults with schools across the country and “is pleased to assist this new school in Marin that takes the time to define the qualities and attributes along with the knowledge and skill acquisition that lead to student achievement.”

Caulbridge brings together the latest in neuroscience with a deep understanding of how children learn and grow; balancing current research with collective wisdom. We work with the physical, social and intellectual growth of our students in a balanced way; fostering deeper learning outcomes of critical thinking, creativity, self-confidence and ethics. Academic strength and personal resilience are natural outcomes of our developmental model.

“That’s what is so great about what Caulbridge is doing.  Observation skills, courageous learning, and positive self-concept: these are what it takes to show up, understand what is happening, jump in, and start making change for the good of the community.  I think we are a bit ahead of the curve and truly that is what it is to be leading, breaking trail,” declared Mr. Poutiatine.