Cabot School and Twinfield Union School have been selected by the New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC) and the Great Schools Partnership to participate in a new initiative that will help them expand personalized learning experiences and meet the learning needs, interests, and aspirations of individual students. The initiative’s goal is to help the schools remodel their academic programs to ensure that every graduate is prepared to succeed in postsecondary education, modern workplaces, and adult life.
The NESSC is a partnership between state agencies across Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont that supports school policy and practice improvements and engagement of communities in the public education system. Along with the Great Schools Partnership, they work to help schools implement proven instructional practice and student-centered learning models that are built on strong community connections.
Both schools are members of the Vermont and New England League of Innovative Schools, a grassroots network of middle schools and high schools committed to educational innovation and ongoing improvement. “I’m incredibly energized by the work of all of our League members, and even more so by the extraordinary commitment these schools have made,” said David Ruff, executive director of the Great Schools Partnership. “After more than a year of intensive work and planning, the educators in these schools are developing an inspiring array of learning opportunities that will challenge their highest-achieving students and accelerate learning and preparation for young adults who have historically struggled in school.”
Twinfield has a long history of personalizing learning experiences using multiple and flexible pathways. Through the “Renaissance” program, students have designed rigorous studies, interned with experts and traveled purposefully” said Mark Mooney, Twinfield’s Principal. “We are excited that NESSC and the Great Schools Partnership have recognized our school’s capacity to personalize and bring relevance to our students’ educational experience and will work with us to further this work to prepare our students to succeed in today’s challenging workplace.”
Cabot School has been recognized as a state and regional leader in developing high-quality project-based learning experiences for both middle and high school students. The role of the arts is crucial to learning at Cabot, and projects are focused on social action and current world issues. In including Cabot in this initiative, the Great Schools Partnership noted that Cabot teachers “model ongoing reflection, curiosity, and dialogue as they determine the best structures and approaches to support their students.”
Through this initiative the Great Schools Partnership will provide each school with a team of school improvement specialists who will help school leaders and teachers implement their school improvement plans. There will be additional training opportunities for project leaders and all educators. “Participation in this initiative will build on the successes at both schools and will fast-track the progress for all the students of our schools,” says Superintendent, Nancy Thomas. “This will create new opportunities for our staff that will reap big benefits for our students and ultimately our communities.”