We’re all here in New York! It was a tremendous feat to get 31 people to the bus stop at UVM’s Davis Center yesterday, and the village came together to make it all happen. People woke up at a ridiculously early hour, drove around to pick up all the participants, parked their cars, and walked back on a chilly Vermont morning. Some of our participants needed to find child care for their children, some needed to reschedule meetings, some needed to make sub plans, some needed to do mountains of homework for classes they missed. The group really moved mountains in order to be together for this learning experience — in many ways, we’ve accomplished many of our goals by the fact that we are all here together. We are a group of students, parents, teachers, community leaders, and school administrators. I’m awed and humbled to see the way that this trip is a microcosm of the commitment that folks in Burlington and Winooski feel to our schools, to our young people, to our communities.
Already the conversations have been amazing. We are looking forward to seeing New York Performance Standards Consortium Schools and the iSchool today. Our framing questions for the tour are:
– How does effective proficiency-based learning look?
– How can schools best serve all of their diverse students?
None of the schools that we will visit have it all figured out, and even if they did, we can’t simply transplant a school that is working in New York City to Winooski or Burlington, Vermont. The point is that we will see and experience many interesting things that schools are trying. We will see classes, talk with teachers and students, and bring our own perspectives and expertise to the table as we all work to make sure our schools are places where every single student is cared for, challenged, and prepared for a successful, fulfilling life beyond high school.
Please follow our journey at our Twitter hash tag #P4CNYCtour