Portsmouth administrators and teachers recently came together to work on student-centered learning practices and methods as part of a three-day summer institute.
Student-centered learning is a component of competency based education — an instruction model focused on providing a customized educational experience for all students.
On July 9-11, 194 teachers and administrators from Portsmouth, SAU 16, Oyster River, Raymond, Hampton, Newmarket and SAU 44 gathered at Exeter High School for inspiration, learning and to develop “problems of practice” (an area to work on and improve) for the upcoming school year.
Portsmouth educators are continuing to work on their vision for the district, and had discussions about how teachers and staff can maintain a shared approach to change and growth within the district.
The team at the summer institute also looked at expanding the student-centered learning concept throughout grade levels so that all buildings have one common goal: preparing students to graduate.
Moving forward, administrators will develop a system to measure progress (benchmarks, timelines, etc.) and continue to collaborate with faculty and staff so that every member of the district feels supported in the transition to competency based education.
“This has been an ongoing process for the district and year after year we continue to develop and refine our vision, goals and processes to ensure we are best meeting the needs of our students,” said Assistant Superintendent George Shea, who attended the summer institute. “This workshop was a great opportunity for a group of educators from different positions within the district to share ideas and jumpstart our plans for the fall.”