The Riverseed School is the vision of two teachers, designing the school [we] want to teach in. We are experienced DC educators who prioritize the wellbeing of the whole child: mind, body, senses, and spirit.
As teachers, we are committed to education that empowers children to be active participants in their own learning. This is achieved through respect and trust of children. We believe this a revolutionary path to personal liberation for Black children, the children most represented in the neighborhood we seek to embed in.
What does school look like as a place you go to heal, rather than a place you must heal from? Our students are connected to a larger community. Our regard for the entire community; children, educators, families, and neighbors, as whole is how we will heal, grow, and learn, while experiencing joy and harmony
What does this look like in practice? Our educators employ a framework that prompts them to follow the child. A common misconception of this approach is the doubt of children to lead. As Montessori adults it is our duty to provide children with a safe space to learn and construct themselves. This safety relates to the accessible learning environment we curate for children as well as the boundaries we enforce as they grow. In our model, we believe discipline to be most powerful when fostered as an eternal force of regulation rather than something to be implemented upon a child for the sake of maintaining control.
What does it look like to control free people? Why would we endeavour to find out?
The mission of DC Wildflower Public Charter School (DCWPCS) is to create intentionally small, teacher-led schools. Our focus on deep family and community engagement will ensure students define their purpose and fulfill their potential.
We are a member of the Wildflower Network of schools. Wildflower is an ecosystem of decentralized Montessori micro-schools that support children, teachers, and parents. Wildflower aspires to give all children and families the opportunity to choose high quality, beautiful learning environments as they follow life’s unfolding journey.
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