Tuesday, March 24, 2009

BHS Team Attends Forum On Moving from Discourse to Action: Revolutionizing Secondary Schools

Burlington High School was fortunate to be invited to a program last week called "Moving from Discourse to Action: Revolutionizing Secondary Schools." It was held at Olin Colege in Needham and one of the highlights was the keynote by Tony Wagner who has written a new book called The Global Achievement Gap which highlights what he feels our high schools need to do in order to ensure the success of our students in the 21st Century.

The BHS team included our Superintendent Dr. Conti, school committee member Tom Murphy, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Murphy, BHS staff member Josh Murphy, and high school Principal Patrick Larkin. To no one's great surprise, simply ensuring that students can pass the MCAS and get a decent SAT score will not necessarily translate into a successful future. You will be hearing more about some of our action plans in the days and weeks ahead. These plans include proposals that would increase the number of students taking classes for college credit during the school day, increase the number of opportunities for virtual learning, and the eliminate level 2 classes in order to foster greater heterogeneity.

I encourage you to click on the link below to hear Tony Wagner's speech about the priorities of education and what we want for our children. The clip is an hour long, but I think that the insights that you will gain are worth the time.

See Tony Wagner's keynote that a team from Burlington High got to hear last week at Olin College in Needham.

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