Why "Empowerment through Innovation?" These words describe my vision for Parkside Elementary School. I believe that each student and teacher should not only be empowered, but deserves empowerment to take ownership of their collective learning and teaching. By honoring the unique interests and backgrounds each Sandpiper brings to the classroom, the curriculum becomes a series of meaningful experiences transforming the educational environment from typical to innovative. Students and teachers learn from each other; teachers facilitate conceptual discussions and design instructional tasks to support students connecting content to their individualized cultural norms. The result is a community of Empowered and Innovative PIPERS: Purposeful, Imaginative, Productive, Equitable, Resilient, and Successful!