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It has been our intention to return to some form of in-person learning as soon as it was determined by our health departments that it is both safer and feasible to do so. On September 21, during our virtual town hall with county health department officials, we reviewed the current coronavirus data for our community. To this end, our county health agency partners have made the recommendation that it is now appropriate for us to return to a hybrid learning model. Click here to watch the virtual town hall discussion about the data guiding our decisions and current levels in our community. Beginning Monday, October 5, we will be implementing a hybrid in-person learning schedule for all students who are not currently enrolled in the LaunchED program. LaunchED student’s schedules will not be impacted by this change.
Cómo usted sabe, nuestra intención ha sido volver a alguna forma de aprendizaje en persona tan pronto cómo nuestros departamentos de salud determinen que es más seguro y factible hacerlo. Anoche, durante nuestra junta virtual con los funcionarios del departamento de salud del condado, revisamos los datos actuales del coronavirus para nuestra comunidad. Con esto, nuestros asociados de las agencias de salud pública del condado han recomendado que ahora es apropiado que regresemos a un modelo de aprendizaje híbrido. Haga clic aquí para ver la discusión de la junta virtual sobre los datos que guían nuestras decisiones y los niveles actuales en nuestra comunidad. Comenzando el lunes 5 de octubre, estaremos implementando un programa de aprendizaje híbrido en persona para todos los estudiantes que no estén inscritos actualmente en el programa LaunchED. Los horarios de estudiantes LaunchED no serán impactados por este cambio.
According to a survey of 1,500 chief executives conducted by IBM's Institute for Business Value, CEOs list "creativity" as the most important leadership skill needed for successful ventures in the future. Business leaders understand the power of the innovative individual who is a creative thinker and collaborator. Steve Jobs once said, "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." We are preparing our Sunset Spartans to be the next generation of leaders.
To do this we have formed solid partnerships with leaders in the field of creative education nationally, statewide, and locally. We became a John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partner in Education and each of our teachers are versed in the Kennedy Center philosophy of Arts in Education:
The three variations naturally link and support each other. More information concerning the distinctions can be found at http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/families/at-school.aspx.
Current brain research (www.dana.org) confirms that rich context and multisensory instruction make even simple facts easier to learn and remember, not to mention complicated ideas, facts, and theories. When teaching invention and creativity, problem solving, and collaboration, one can't expect to succeed solely with multiple choice quizzes. The arts are more essential than ever in education.
With the vast social, cultural, technological, and economic changes our nation is experiencing, as well as those we have yet to imagine, many are reconsidering what knowledge and skills students need to be successful in the 21st century. The question under consideration is how to create a learning environment consistent with the cognitive and expressive demands of the 21st century.
Using the arts to enhance learning affords students the means to make their thinking visible and to demonstrate learning in inventive and original ways that does not restrict or limit our most impressive thinkers to rote black and white answers on paper. Integrating the arts with other content, technology and design, provides a way for our leading learners to use 21st century skills in a truly authentic way - to not be just a solver of prefab problems, but an innovator of what we have yet to discover, a canvas yet to be painted, a composition yet to be performed, a leader ready to lead.