Philosophy of Education

I am working to transform our educational systems in order to ensure that all students experience a motivating, rigorous, deeper learning experience which prepares them for success in college and career.  I am committed to helping teachers and students to see themselves as equal partners in the work of achieving mastery of core academic content as well as essential skills like collaboration, effective communication, critical thinking and problem solving. The focus of today’s classroom is no longer on the teacher’s teaching.  Instead, the focus is on the student’s learning. 
When student agency is matched with a growth mindset, classrooms thrive.  Empowered students measure their own progress using criterion-referenced assessments on explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives.  Challenge-based learning connected to real world applications allows students to build interdisciplinary knowledge and skills.  

Recent advances in research on cognitive development require educators to approach teaching as both an art and a science.  John Hattie’s landmark work Visible Learning for Teachers leaves no excuses for poor pedagogy or haphazard approaches to instruction.  Teachers must be able to accurately evaluate the effectiveness of their instruction.  Formative assessment combined with timely, appropriate feedback keeps the focus on student learning in today’s classrooms.

I am a strong proponent of STEM education because it provides a framework for student inquiry which aligns with research-based, best practices in teaching and learning. Well-designed STEM experiences put learners at the center of the classroom equation.  STEM engages students in solving problems using the engineering design processes and systemic thinking.  Students are well-equipped to tackle increasingly complex challenges.    

The landscape of education is changing, and I’m glad to be a part of this new horizon!  The next frontier is deep and rigorous instead of wide and low level. Students tackle open-ended questions instead of offering closed-minded answers.  Curriculum is designed to embrace complexity and risk-taking in an iterative process of continuous improvement.  First and foremost, the students are at the center of every educational decision.