WE’RE TWENTY YEARS OLD

Seven Arrows is excited to celebrate 20 years of service with our entire community of students, families, alumni, and friends of the school. We are equally excited that our mission to teach and promote passion for learning, academic excellence, and a commitment to local and global communities remains relevant in the ever-evolving 21st century.

Seven Arrows’ history started with a desire to cultivate the ethical mind in a multicultural environment that celebrates each child’s innate abilities and intelligences. 20 years later, brain science continues to lead the charge on the importance of a global, ethical mindset. We continue to grow as a relevant and powerful K-6 school that fuses rigorous academics with world culture and the arts. Small by design, our one class per grade learning community provides the best possible social/emotional experiences that both support differentiated learning and interconnectedness among students across grade levels.

We began with 46 students in grades K-4. We now have seven grade levels, robust enrollment, three school buildings, and this year is all about celebrating how far we’ve come and all that we can accomplish for each child. We are forever grateful for the hard work so many of our teachers, families, trustees, founders, scientists, researchers, and education supporters have given to Seven Arrows.

During the course of this school year, we will be reflecting on our history and sharing our path for the future. We hope you’ll follow us on this page and social media as we mark this tremendous achievement – 20 Years of Passionate Learning, Compassionate Leading!

Seven Arrows Celebrates 20 Years with Special Guest, Adam Grant

What a way to celebrate 20 years! Adam Grant, an Organizational Psychologist, the youngest tenured professor at The Wharton School and influential Ted Talk speaker, provided the Seven Arrows Community an evening that exceeded expectations. He spoke about his theories, how they relate to young students and challenged the status quo when it comes to education and understanding ourselves as humans. With his instructive, humorous and relatable speech he outlined key takeaways that offered parents a new way of thinking. For those of you who weren’t able to attend–and for those of you who were there but weren’t frantically jotting down notes–we wanted to share a recap of the night and the lessons he taught on how we as parents can raise creative kids.

It was a beautiful evening with over 100 parents and teachers when Adam came out on the stage to begin his presentation that focused on the five principles that parents can follow so that they don’t prevent creativity. You see for Adam, creativity is something we are all born with and instead of being able to grow it, we need to stop stifling it. As he said:

“I don’t think there’s that much you can do to encourage it, I think there’s a lot you can do to stifle it…. Negative experiences carry more weight than positive ones do on average. So I think that most of our roles as parents and as teachers are not actually about trying to unleash creativity as much as they are about getting out of the way.”

These principles to help us “get out of the way” are:

  1.  Don’t force kids to specialize early.

Adam talked about evidence that shows in most fields it’s actually best to have broad knowledge about a lot of things instead of deep knowledge on one. We should all encourage our kids to study a variety of topics.

        2.  Think differently about rules.

He doesn’t mean don’t have any, but it’s best if you can connect rules to values. Say why it’s important to them choose to follow a rule instead of making it feel like a constraint.

        3.  Admit you don’t have all the answers.

One of the ways to get kids to overcome their fears is to turn them into the people that have the answers. To do that, we must admit we don’t know them and seek their advice on ways to problem solve.

       4.  Don’t be afraid to argue.

The biggest barrier to kids being creative is their fear of making mistakes. Seeing arguments allows children to believe that there isn’t just one authority figure who knows everything. You have to have your own opinions as opposed to just always doing what they say.

      5.  Pay attention to your attention.

When kids come home from school, we frequently ask how they did on a test or in sports, which lacks values. Instead, Adam asks his children questions like, “Who did you help today?”, “What’s an idea you had? “Did you make something creative?” It’s more helpful to praise character instead of their actions. For instance, instead of saying “thank you for helping,” it’s better to say “thank you for being a helper.”

We hope you find what we learned from Adam to be helpful in your daily lives as we all work together to create children who ask more questions, are more creative and be original.

More about Adam Grant
He is the author of three New York Times bestselling books that have sold over a million copies and been translated into 35 languages. Give and Take examines why helping others drives our success. Originals explores how individuals champion new ideas and leaders fight groupthink; it was a #1 bestseller praised by J.J. Abrams, Richard Branson, and Malcolm Gladwell. Option B, with Sheryl Sandberg, is a #1 bestseller on facing adversity and building resilience recommended by Bill and Melinda Gates and Malala Yousafzai.