Target 1 – Student-Centered Learning. FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.
Target 2 – Leadership in a Student Centered Learning Environment. FWSU will foster development of teacher & student leaders who provide innovative opportunities for local and global student-centered learning.
Target 3 – Flexible Learning Environments. FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.
Target 4 – Engaged Community Partners. FWSU staff and students will collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize ideas and learning with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world.
Last Thursday two FWSU educators were recognized at the Project Ignite awards ceremony. Project Ignite recognizes innovative educators from across the state. This year the two educators recognized represented not only their own exceptional contributions to our system, but also the excellence of teachers throughout our schools.
The teachers recognized this year are Kendra Myers who teaches 4th grade science/social studies at BFA Fairfax Elementary. And Jasmine Tremblay who teaches 5th/6th science, technology, engineering and math at Fletcher Elementary School.
Project Ignite brings together teachers, administrators, and technology integrationists to identify and promote transformative and innovative practices in schools throughout Vermont. The recognition is a joint enterprise between VITA Learn Vermont and Vermont ASCD. Both associations work to promote teaching and learning excellence in Vermont.
Kendra was recognized for her work with the IVECA program facilitating learning partnerships with BFA Fairfax students and South Korean students over the past three years. Through her work, students have had the opportunity to connect and learn with South Korean students and increase our students’ intercultural competency skills. The IVECA program has been successfully implemented across many FWSU classrooms.
Jasmine was recognized for her work with Burton using the principles of engineering and design with her students. Fletcher students designed coats for climbers of Mount Everest (fictional) that are completely functional, yet provide both high-quality protection from the mountain’s fierce elements and allows for superior maneuverability. The project represented one of the students’ first major integrated science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects this year.
We are very proud that Kendra and Jasmine were able to represent all of the great teaching and learning occurring in FWSU schools with other educators from Vermont.