Creating a more open, collaborative environment requires individuals to be honest, open and respectful of each others opinion. This is not an easy attitude to foster. But, the students started at ground zero, by asking straightforward questions such as: Are there any voices at Central that should be heard but aren’t? Are students involved in making decisions about what and how they learn? What aspects of Central should be changed? What is good about Central? What do students need to understand? Teachers?
We had two solutions: One, was to make a short documentary film called Change is Central, featuring varying perspectives from the students and faculty at the High School. The other, called Central Confidential, was a series of anonymous postcards on which students could write their secrets and fears.