Over the past 2 years I have worked collaboratively with my staff to cultivate a culture of learning that engages students, is meaningful/relevant, promotes critical thought/problem-solving, and is flexible in that risk-taking is encouraged in order to promote innovative practices. It has been a gradual transition and we are beginning to see shifts in instructional practices, staff members wanted to integrate technology, and students advocating more for the type of learning culture they prefer. What makes this transformation even more significant is that were are doing more with less and not using budgetary constraints as an excuse of crutch to not improve.
Our efforts have grabbed the attention of some of the most prestigious stakeholder groups in NJ. This Thursday (5/19) the NJ School Boards Association will be visiting New Milford High School to host a live event called Learn@Lunch: Technology as an Engagement Tool. Here is a description:
Across New Jersey, schools are focused on 21st Century Learning and integrating technology in the classroom. At the same time, school boards and administrators are exploring how they can use technology, the web and social media to engage both students and their communities. New Milford High School Principal Eric Sheninger will be joined by several of his teachers, students, board trustees and members of his community to discuss how New Milford High School uses technology as a student and community engagement tool. In addition to discussing the technology that students are using in his school, Sheninger will talk about how he uses social media as a community engagement tool.
I am extremely proud to have my school share some of the progress we have made in creating a school moving towards relevancy in the 21st Century. Please consider joining us at 12:00 PM on Thursday 5/19 as members of my staff, student body, and community share some of the little things we are doing that are making a big difference. Register for free HERE and consider passing along this post to other school districts that might benefit.