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 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.
During school vacations many families and educators take time to relax, recharge, and grow both professionally and educationally through experiences they have. Recently, Julie Stevenson, a Georgia Elementary second grade teacher, traveled to Haiti during her vacation to make a difference in the lives of children and their families she visited. During her stay, she helped to provide health updates for children and worked with families to sustain educational opportunities and support parents.
Upon her return she shared her visit with her students and other classrooms, presenting her observations and the experiences she encountered. Students not only learned about the country Haiti – it’s educational values, living conditions and health care – but more importantly the value of helping others. As part of the school’s Responsive Classroom integration, all teachers discuss social learning and the benefits of character education. Ms. Stevenson’s classroom not only discusses these practices, but they see firsthand their teacher modeling the importance of their conversations. Children are aware they can make a difference in others lives and discuss it daily during morning meetings to start the day.