Eric Chagala, the founding principal of Vista Innovation and Design Academy (VIDA), emphasizes the importance of creating a school culture where all kids matter and shares insights from his dissertation on the critical resiliency of high-achieving Latinx youth. The discussion touches on Eric’s experiences in education, his belief in design thinking, and his journey as a school leader.
During the episode, Eric shares:
- ✨ How Washington Middle School (the precursor to VIDA) went from scores of learners opting out of their neighborhood school every day to VIDA generating a wait list of over 700 families a decade later.
- 🧑🏫 How being learner-centered is about supporting all learners, including adults.
- 📈 The frustrations around traditional assessment practices and the positive impact meaningful, learner-centered assessment can have on every learner.