Bands

Bands are the main working groups of Brightworks students. Each band is made up of 7-10 students with at least a 3-year age span among them, assisted by a staff collaborator. Students have frequent interaction with other bands and will sometimes choose to work on an Expression project with a member of a different band, but their home band and collaborator are their anchors within the school community. Particularly during the Exploration phase of each arc, band members work closely together to expand their understanding of a topic and build the skills they will need for their projects. Social-emotional learning is also at its strongest within these small communities-within-a-community. Each band – named by the kids themselves at the beginning of each school year – maintains a home bandspace within Brightworks that is off limits to non-members, and a public gallery space, shared with everyone, where they express their work in progress.
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