The Student Newspaper of Lakeside School


The Student Newspaper of Lakeside School


The Student Newspaper of Lakeside School


Don’t Sleep on New “Dream Sessions”

Henry R. ’23
Kai Bynum, Head of School.

Lakeside students may soon be encouraged to daydream at school. The administration has invited two groups of students selected randomly from all grades to participate in what they are calling “dream sessions” — structured discussions facilitated by the Seattle strategic consulting firm Intentional Futures. The intent is for students to “share ideas about the future of Lakeside” and “think about what programs and experiences we’d like to have [at the school].” For students who aren’t invited to these sessions, there will be additional related advisory discussions the week of October 9.

Dream sessions are part of the second phase of Lakeside’s strategic plan, a process which typically occurs after a new head of school arrives and which began early this year with an assessment of school values. According to Dr. Bynum, the first phase of the strategic planning process yielded feedback that emphasized “maintaining a strong emphasis on academics … deepening our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, strengthening our community engagement efforts in Seattle, and improving school spirit.” Armed with this information, Director of Communications Amanda Darling wants students to know that this second stage of the planning process is “big-picture thinking designed to get us thinking and talking about [our] priorities.” 

This second stage of the planning process is “big-picture thinking designed to get us thinking and talking about [our] priorities.”

Amanda Darling

Accordingly, as opposed to specific ideas about improvements for the school, the administration would like students, faculty, and parents and guardians to consider four different “pathways” in which Lakeside could focus expansion efforts: global leadership, academic excellence, technology and innovation, or experiential education. However, Ms. Darling mentioned that “to provoke conversations about choices and trade-offs, these pathways are exaggerated versions of desired outcomes. Our eventual path forward will likely combine some aspects of multiple pathways.”

Further, Ms. Darling discussed some examples of goals within each pathway that students could consider. These include developing ethical mindsets, prompting students to think critically, and having them engage in leadership; addressing Lakesiders’ mental health and developing an even more rigorous curriculum; embracing technology, fostering innovation, and encouraging entrepreneurship; or developing new campuses, pushing the limits of what a “classroom” can be, and giving students unique opportunities.

After this second phase — described as “data collection” — the final phase of the strategic plan will begin. As Dr. Bynum explains, Lakeside and its partners at Intentional Futures will take information from earlier stages of strategic planning and use it to develop a plan that “helps us organize our hopes and ideas, prioritize our initiatives, and determine how to best allocate our resources.” 

Overall, Dr. Bynum and the administration are optimistic about the value dream sessions and related discussions this week will bring: “The opportunity to hear from all portions of our community really excites me. The students, faculty and staff, parents and guardians, and alumni all have perspectives on the school that are important … Hearing the different hopes and ideas brings a lot of energy and insight into the [strategic planning process].”

The opportunity to hear from all portions of our community really excites me.

— Dr. Bynum

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About the Contributors
Rohan D. ’25, STEM Editor
Ever since his little incident in April 26, 1986, Rohan Dhillon has been on the run from a variety of governmental agencies and human rights organizations— an issue made much worse by what he did to those poor Greenpeace agents all those years ago. As a reporter, he strives to emulate the work of his personal hero, Julian Assange (make sure to ask him about his passion project, LakesideLeaks).When not haranguing administrators for a quote or looking for a new way to circumvent the EICs’ deadlines, one can find Rohan extolling the virtues of the Church of Scientology, trying to convince the science department to replace Bio with a Creationism course, or pondering the merits of a return to feudalism.
Jackson B. ’25, News Editor
Conceitedly, his favorite month is December As his birthday falls in December 2006 And even more, his favorite holiday is that of December 25 As he loves the ambiance of Christmas   He has lived in Seattle since he was six Before moving to New York for two years He mistakenly subscribes to East Coast, Best Coast Any reasonable protests fall on deaf ears   One hobby of his is learning new languages The three he speaks are English, Spanish and Portuguese He especially likes words that don’t translate well Pursuing oddities is his expertise   He also enjoys Model United Nations For which he says he has a message to relay If you ever find yourself in its midst The only appropriate response is to run away   In his first two years as a staff writer He wrote and researched as hard as he could Now rewarded with the role of News editor He says he feels very Good.

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