FWSU Named Apple Distinguished Program

“With creative digital tools, our students in rural communities can connect globally, providing opportunities for our kids to develop intercultural competence.” – Mary Lynn Riggs, Director of Curriculum

Franklin West Supervisory Union is pleased to announce its recent recognition as a 2014-2016 Apple Distinguished School Program. The Apple Distinguished School Program designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.

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FWSU began implementing a 1:1 iPad program three years ago.  The program now includes all students in grades 5/6 through 12 across BFA Fairfax, Fletcher Elementary, and Georgia School.

“I’m excited for all of our schools to receive this recognition from Apple.  Over the past three years, FWSU has gained incredible momentum in realizing its four goals: student-centered learning, student leadership, community engagement, and flexible learning environments.  The 1:1 iPad implementation has developed unparalleled customized learning opportunities for our students,” states Superintendent Ned Kirsch.  “The selection of FWSU as an Apple Distinguished School Program highlights our rising success.  We are designing innovative and compelling learning environments that engage students in the digital age.”

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The FWSU Action Plan calls for a dramatic departure from the manner in which school has been provided for students over the last one hundred years.  It examines flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promotes learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fosters creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.

picmonkey_imageFWSU is fully immersed in its journey to make schools a destination where students embrace the “always on” learning styles of 21st Century and are engaged in answering authentic questions and solving problems in collaborative settings.

“Our teachers and students have embraced technology.  We have worked tirelessly to integrate technology in meaningful and effective ways.  This recognition is validation of the risks we have taken and the learning opportunities we are creating everyday.” – BFA Principal Tom Walsh.

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This is a tremendous honor and we are proud of the amazing work of our schools!

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