Invitational Education

The Invitational Education (IE) philosophy is established and promoted by William Watson Purkey. It promotes positive relationships between members of the school community and represents the essence of our ethos. The educational theory consists of four key elements: Respect, Trust, Optimism and Intentionality.

There are five basic assumptions that are essential in understanding Invitational

  • People are able, valuable, and responsible and should be treated accordingly.
  • Educating should be a collaborative, cooperative activity.
  • The process is the product in the making.
  • People possess untapped potential in all areas of worthwhile human endeavor.
  • This potential can best be realized by places, policies, programs, and processes specifically designed to invite development and by people who are intentionally inviting with themselves and others, personally and professionally.