Edgemont School District
Our first area of focus is on purposeful instruction to deepen student learning, regardless of the educational setting, and across all content areas. We want students to be able to meaningfully answer the question, “Why?” when someone asks them about what they are learning, whether in the classroom or at home. According to research in the area of growth mindset, students learn better and more deeply when the learning is relevant to their lives and connected to a bigger purpose. Scholars such as Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, are providing the framework for teachers to follow in their curricular planning in the areas of purpose and relevance, as we all continue to navigate this very different educational landscape.
Our second area of focus is to continue to develop curriculum, policies, and practices that value and support diversity, equity, and inclusion. This, in turn, supports the social, emotional, and academic behaviors that promote learning and well-being for all students. Self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision-making, empathy, and understanding are just some of the many behaviors and skills our robust curricula aim to develop. The latest educational research shows that when schools actively work to cultivate these skills in students, they have a positive effect on academic achievement. In these times when we are preparing students for jobs and careers that do not yet exist, students must be able to communicate clearly, collaborate effectively with others, understand different viewpoints, and persist in the face of challenges. We believe that in learning about perspectives, cultures, and ideas different from one’s own, students become more inclusive, compassionate, confident, and creative.
Our third area of focus is on capital improvements and bonding. In a 2% tax cap environment, bonding is the main financial strategy for funding construction. With current debt rolling off in 2022, the time is now to plan for Edgemont’s next fifty years. In collaboration with the faculty and community, we will examine how our current facilities meet the needs of a growing student population. An architectural and engineering study has been conducted, and a vote is planned for Spring 2021.