New Elementary School Offers Project-Based, Social Focus


On September 5, the first one-room, multi-age elementary school in Wisconsin’s D.C. Everest School District will open, and teachers Pam Gresser and Pam Merz “are the driving force behind the new option for families in the district: less traditional structure, but a focus on retaining information in an engaging way for the kids.” Gresser uses Common Core State Standards “as a guide, and then from there, the students get to choose what topics they want to do based on what standards they need to know.” This type of environment “really allows kids to connect at a social level that they may not have the opportunity to do in a traditional setting.” As we’ve said many times before, and will likely need to say many times more, with high standards, teachers are using even more creative approaches in the classroom. 

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