My educational philosophy is that everyone can learn and everyone has the right to. Each child that walks through our doors brings their own ideas and thoughts and cultures and I model how exciting an opportunity we have to be able to not only learn with each other, but learn about each other.
Positive attitudes in education lead to limitless discoveries and ideas. By creating an atmosphere at Curtis where students feel safe to explore and think outside the box, we are providing them with opportunities for great success. I believe we should work together as parents, teachers, and administrators to support, encourage, and respect our young people. They are the future!
We use philosophies from many educational research programs to educate students here at Curtis. One of those is the Schlechty Center for leadership in school reform. We work with their framework to help support teachers in designing engaging, meaningful work for students. We view our students as volunteers to their learning and our goal is to provide work that is valued by the state, the school system, the parents as well as the community. We use their standards to help guide us in our efforts and improvements. We function as a learning organization to try and move our campus forward in our successes and learning.
Another research based program we work from is Professional Learning Communities lead by Richard and Rebecca DuFour and Robert Eaker. Professional learning communities work together to become clear on standards, monitor student learning, provide interventions, collect data and respond to student needs. This is an ongoing process with each new standard every student must learn. We have three areas we focus on: learning, collaboration and results. Our teachers work together to create common assessments and compare data to improve our teaching and ultimately students' learning.
We are continuing our focus on The Fundamental Five: The Formula for Quality Instruction. This research was done by Sean Cain and Mike Laird. In their book, the focus is on specific instructional best practices that truly impact learners. It incorporates strategies that our teachers have used for many years, but puts emphasis on some new approaches to these strategies that will benefit the learners on today.
We will also be continuing our use of the learning management system called Canvas this year to support a blended learning model of instruction. We want our students to be 21st century learners and thinkers and by providing opportunities to access online assignments and discussions we are helping them do just that.
We have tried to create a culture of respect, collaboration and learning for everyone on our campus. As leaders we continue our own learning to be on the cusp of educational reform and success. Our goal is always to put our students first and provide them opportunities to learn.