Dr. Doris Lee, founding Principal of Village Academy in Far Rockaway, Queens, NY, shares insight on how she introduced such an impactful school culture.
In 2015, more than 60% of children aged 3 to 18 had internet access at home. Also, the average age a child gets a smartphone is now 10.3 years. With this in mind, teachers need to adapt their lessons and curricula according to the evolution of today’s digital natives. But, successful technology integration is about more than getting the tools into the classroom.
To make significant changes quickly, entrepreneurs, educators, philanthropists, and the government would have to take risks.
While some of these would be for the better, others would be for the worse, putting thousands if not millions of children in jeopardy.
Take our summer program, for example. By the end of the summer, we always see a growth in math and reading literacy. But, the impact of our summer program is not limited to the short-term increase in math and English scores. And, if we stuck to this sole measure of success, our program would just be another intervention.
Despite the evidence that smaller class sizes can improve student learning, it’s not as simple as just reducing the number of kids in a classroom. Yes, when we decrease the number of kids in a classroom we reduce the teacher’s workload. But, do we increase the quality of the instructions or the teaching experience?
Schools of all kinds have the ability to be “innovative”. They have the resources and structures to help their kids succeed. The key is to earn the title for something more than just high test scores. Let us push schools to truly do something different.