This was the recent title of a School District of Menomonee Falls press release. Its subtitle, “Hundreds across country watching educational change at Menomonee Falls” (press release 03.24.2014). One of my colleagues, Research Fellow Melissa Matarazzo, is one of them and she is tweeting about her experience – check out the Twitter feed of @LrngLdr. The excitement is all about student learning (press release):
Judy Berry served as a teacher for nearly half a century, but said she best understood her students’ abilities in the final year of her career.
“I’ve never seen my students learn so much so fast,” said 20-year veteran high school teacher Dave Mahlum.
“Short cycles of learning allow me more than ever to use formative assessments as a diagnostic tool to measure where we are at and make adjustments to the teaching and instructional strategies along the way and plan interventions for those students that need it,” said Jeff Stollenwerk, middle school teacher and curriculum chair.
“We heard kindergarten students today tell us what they need to learn,” said Jeff Thomsen, superintendent of St. Francis School District.
“I’m giving all my students a voice in my classroom and allowing them to take an active part in their education,” said Nationally Board Certified middle school teacher Julie Poetzel. “Each one of them is tracking their own performance and this allows them to see where they are strong and where they need to improve.”
What’s right in education? The focus on continuous improvement of student learning and excellence by the leaders, teachers, and students in Menomonee Falls. It’s captured in the district’s logo – Pursuing Excellence One Student at a Time – and in this quote from a Cassie Martin, elementary school principal, “It’s not an initiative of the School District of Menomonee Falls. It’s what we do” (press release).
Quotes from press release dated March 24, 2014. Available online here.
The mission of the School District of Menomonee Falls is “In partnership with family and community, the School District of Menomonee Falls provides the best personalized and comprehensive education so [their] students will be prepared for, and positively contribute to, a profoundly different future.” They do it by “pursuing excellence one student at a time.” Visit the district’s website at http://www.sdmfschools.org/.
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