Sunday, September 11, 2016

A New Year with New Opportunities

The start of the school year has been very successful with a number of new opportunities for students, as well as new systems to support teaching and learning. With a new year and a number of changes, we have witnessed a variety of excitement and anxiety. Researcher in education, Michael Fullan, describes change as this:

Organizations transform when they can establish mechanisms for learning in the dailiness of organizational life. People make… fundamental transitions by having many opportunities to be exposed to ideas, to argue them to their own normative belief systems, to practice the behaviors that go with those values, to observe others practicing those behaviors and most importantly to be successful at practicing in the presence of others (that is, to be seen to be successful).  

At Hazen, we are trying to be very intentional about our change and the opportunities that we are creating in a manner that supports everyone in our school community. Our overarching goal for this year to continue with the implementation of a proficiency-based Learning (PBL) model of education. It is our belief that through PBL, students will be able to clearly demonstrate the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for a variety of pathways. To support students we have implemented the following:

  • 1:1 Initiative, every student in our school has an iPad or a Chromebook
  • A 4-point grading system based on proficiency towards learning outcomes
  • Increased flexible pathways beyond the traditional program of studies
  • A new learning management system called Schoology to support teaching and learning in the classroom  
  • A new pre-technical forestry and agriculture program

We firmly believe that this is the right work and the growth we have seen in the past 3 years is amazing. We will be holding our annual open house on September 13th and invite all parents and guardians to come in and meet our faculty and staff. We will also be holding a forum on our new 4 point grading system for those interested in learning more.

-Michael Moriarty & John Craig