For this week's showcase, we spent Wednesday afternoon with the students and staff at Spaulding High School experiencing and learning about Enriching Wednesdays. New SHS Assistant Principal Becky Busker, SHS Instructional Coach Mya Violette, and many others have been hard at work this fall creating a new approach to building community and providing many different opportunities to support our students' success. Take a look at some of the highlights of our visit.
It was a great experience listening to students share how well these Wednesday afternoons are working for them! You will notice here that the goal of Enriching Wednesdays is to support students academically as well as emotionally. One primary option is to provide a "call back" for students who need support in their classes; teachers can call back students, and students can also ask to be called back. We saw both focused study groups and specific courses where students were getting small group or 1:1 support.
Those who are not called back can pick from a wide variety of enrichment options that are both student and staff generated based on mutual interest. Everything is about building strong relationships, and I got to see students see their teachers (and each other) in a different, non-academic setting having great fun together.
This program is still at the beginning stages of development and the SHS team is working incredibly hard with the logistics, but I was very impressed to see how far things have come in just the first quarter of the year! I think you'll be impressed too.
Thank you for reading, and we hope you have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving break with your loved ones.