It’s hard to believe that it’s already November and Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. As we take a moment or two to be thankful, I want to express some profound gratitude of my own: I am grateful to everyone in this community - parents, teachers, students, staff, and administrators - for the good thinking, hard work, creativity, and support they have contributed to making our strategic plan a reality. Our strategic goals provide the context and direction for all we do in Edgemont and I am excited to share some recent examples that show our goals in action. A re-design of learning spaces and a major technology roll-out have been the impetus for targeted professional learning for teams of teachers and educational leaders in all three schools. This professional development is providing exciting next steps to both maximize student learning now and prepare our children for the future.
Thanks to a major grant from the Edgemont School Foundation, we have completed the brand new, fully renovated and redesigned collaborative learning space known as the E-Lab. It is located in the E-Building at EHS. This beautiful new space provides a wide range of instructional possibilities, a training center for teachers, and an inspiring environment for students to collaborate. With enormous thanks to ESF, I point towards the E-Lab as an example of true progress towards our strategic goal of providing infrastructure to promote creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.
Another mark of our progress is our teachers’ work with Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, a leading thinker in educational and curriculum reform. In their second session with Dr. Jacobs, our teachers delved deeper into what it means to create responsive learning environments for today’s students. Read on to find out more about Dr. Jacobs’ work with our faculty and how it ties in with the E-lab renovation.
The 1:1 Chromebook Program for Grades 5 and 7 represents another concrete step towards our most essential goals. In providing each student with his/her own device, we not only facilitate access, but we create an open pathway for the sharing of ideas among students and teachers. Similarly, the type of collaborative thinking and problem-solving we believe to be essential to our students’ futures is exemplified in the Forensic Science “Crime Scene” project highlighted below.
Renovated learning spaces, curricular innovation, and technology access are all important indicators of our continued progress, and are all a result of the commitment of this community to providing the best possible education for our students. I am grateful to all of you for your unwavering support; none of this would be possible without your willingness to engage in the process of working together toward our strategic goals.
I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving.