The Governing Board is also excited for the new year, but wanted to reflect on just a few things they've accomplished since the Linden became an innovation school. Some of the changes include:
- School uniform policy
- Project based learning initiative
- Established Governing Board Sub-Committees
- Family and Community Engagement
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Management & Operations
- Family Engagement Survey
- Evaluation of Science Teaching Across Grade Levels to align science curriculum with new Common Core Standards
- Project Lead-The-Way
- Partnership with Tufts University
- Engineering and Literacy program with a Tufts professor providing office hours at our school and several days of professional development as well as money for supplies
- STOMP Program - Engineering undergrads providing 10 weeks of electrical engineering to students.
- 5 Masters Program students doing student teaching in a full year Masters program
- Changed the school calendar to front load the Professional Development in science and other areas. This will allow teachers to do more planning and practice BEFORE the students arrive and have less interruption during the school year
- Instituted a "Positive Feedback" program, to simplify and encourage positive communication between the school and parents
The GB's "got done" list is growing surely and steadily. It does not yet rival the LSA's own list of what the teachers, students and administration have accomplished since becoming an innovation school, but we are in it together and are excited for a new year.
Have an innovative thought or plan you believe the school would benefit from? Join us at the Governing Board meetings, we'd love to hear from you!
Have a great year, everyone!