Honoring and Supporting our Educators During Challenging Times

On Monday, October 5th educational institutions around the globe honored teachers on World Teachers Day.  World Teachers Day has a strong contemporary connection to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which have been a feature of project-based learning here in FWSU.  Historically, the day to honor teachers was established in 1994. It serves to … Continue reading Honoring and Supporting our Educators During Challenging Times

THE FWSU STORY: BFA Fairfax Students Return From China Learning Experience

Students and teachers are settling back in to daily life at BFA Fairfax after returning from a whirlwind week in China. It’s hard to imagine that just last week we were on the other side of the world.   We were graciously invited by Spiral International to be ambassadors for international exchange in which we … Continue reading THE FWSU STORY: BFA Fairfax Students Return From China Learning Experience

THE FWSU STORY: Rising Practices that Converge to Transform Education

When I was an English major in college, one of my favorite authors was Flannery O’Connor. Toward the end of her life, she wrote a collection of short stories entitled Everything That Rises Must Converge. I loved that book of stories and remember thinking about what the title meant in relationship to each of the … Continue reading THE FWSU STORY: Rising Practices that Converge to Transform Education

THE FWSU STORY: BFA Fairfax Students Visit Summer Cultural Exchange Partners in China

At this moment, eight BFA Fairfax students and two teachers, Sara Villeneuve and Emily Nieckarz are exploring China as part of a cultural exchange in cooperation with SPIRAL International. BFA Fairfax has worked with SPIRAL for many years through our Summer Exchange Program. Typically, Chinese students spend two weeks in the summer living with Fairfax … Continue reading THE FWSU STORY: BFA Fairfax Students Visit Summer Cultural Exchange Partners in China

THE #FWSU STORY: Partnership Promotes Good Health and Community for Fletcher Students

A partnership between the Vermont Department of Health, the Healthy Roots Collaborative, and Fletcher Elementary School is promoting healthy lifestyles and social consciousness for Fletcher’s third graders and their families and is benefitting local food shelves at the same time. Last spring, the three organizations began planning ways that students could explore key questions about … Continue reading THE #FWSU STORY: Partnership Promotes Good Health and Community for Fletcher Students

THE #FWSU STORY: Students Explore 3D Design in GEMS Innovation Lab

The GEMS Innovation Lab and Art Program have created a combined offering for seventh and eighth-grade students in 3D design. Students have started out with a rotation that involves using 3D computer technologies with Mrs. Payne, creating sculptures out of repurposed materials with Mrs. Wolfson, and creating ping pong ball tracks out of cardboard with … Continue reading THE #FWSU STORY: Students Explore 3D Design in GEMS Innovation Lab

THE FWSU STORY: FWSU Learning Featured at United Nations Global Citizenship Event

Last week Superintendent Ned Kirsch was an invited panel speaker for the first celebration event for the International Day of Education for Global Citizenship sponsored by The Mission of the Republic of Korea  and the State of Qatar to the United Nations. Superintendent Kirsch was the only PreK-12 educator in the United States that formally … Continue reading THE FWSU STORY: FWSU Learning Featured at United Nations Global Citizenship Event

THE FWSU STORY: When a Keychain Is Not Just a Keychain

Three years ago when planning how to integrate innovation spaces into FWSU schools, we explored the emerging technology of 3D printing. At that time, many schools seemed to be using the technology to print everyday objects, like keychains. Although this was new and trendy, the leadership team agreed we wanted more: our 3D printing experiences … Continue reading THE FWSU STORY: When a Keychain Is Not Just a Keychain