Learning empowers us to co-create our public world and to shape the decisions that impact our lives.
Advisories are the structural foundation for learning at MC2. Students work with their learning teams to develop goal setting and project management, while learning how to maximize their learning strengths and improve weaknesses. Students identify long-term (quarterly) goals in their Individualized Learning Plans, and then set weekly targets for making progress toward their goals.The learning team consists of the student, parents and/or family members, and the advisor, with community partners/mentors as appropriate.

MC2 is an intentionally democratic community, with student voice at the center of the process. The school governance structure is designed to provide multiple opportunities for students to develop and practice using their voices to co-construct their learning community. Throughout all key stages, teachers solicit regular feedback from students, coach them on articulating their feedback so it is audible, credible, and actionable, and help them develop comfort with multiple perspectives.


Schools need to become true learning communities. Schools that are committed to being learning communities usually are very explicit about being so in their guiding principles and governance structures. While such a shift is more cultural than procedural, there are structures that can support the efforts of a school's commitment to student-centered, personalized learning. Advisories have been proven to be one of the best ways to foster meaningful relationships between students and adults, and help reduce the amount of behavior management required. When discipline is necessary, thecognitive coaching model not only helps curb negative behaviors, but also helps students develop a greater capacity for positive ones. The model of more feedback in a timely manner even extends to the teachers- they are encouraged to further improve their practice by asking for regular evaluations from their students.


Racial and Social justice, learning teams, community collaboration, everyone takes responsibility for what matters to them, participatory democracy.