Be the Model for Learning and for All Learners.
I am writing to encourage voters to approve the bond proposal for EISD. I believe I come to this from two unique points of view. First, I’m a parent of three at Eanes Elementary School; and secondly, I have had the good fortune to lead strategic transformations and design of major corporations and educational institutions around the country.
Our oldest is in the Gifted and Talented Program. Our second child has Special Needs. And the third is a peer model in the District’s Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD). Needless to say, we have broad and distinct academic challenges, and yet, our story isn’t that unique. There are several families with both Special Needs and GT kids in our community.
But what is unique, is the District’s unwavering commitment to individual learning styles and abilities, and their commitment to bring the best of all technologies, environments, curriculum and staff to ALL learners.
Our two oldest have been provided extraordinary opportunities, guidance, and teachers which most in our state are not afforded. This is not two ends of a bell curve but two voices of 8,000 unique student voices in our community.
And yet we can do far more to amplify and unlock all of their imaginations.
We recently asked several of our clients who lead major corporations and institutions on the forefront of our economy what they are looking for, and hoping for, of their future staff. They said success will come to those who are curious, creative, courageous, self-reliant, empathetic, collaborative and synthesizers to mention a few.
By the way these are attributes of most of our kids and how they learn and work already. Watch them outside of their concrete block classroom filled with rows of tablet-armed desks and see how they flourish, and what they create.
We must help guide our students to be creative thinkers, to be collaborative and critical problem solvers, to be even more tech savvy than they are, to have the ability to synthesize vast amounts of information and DO SOMETHING of value with it.
Our facilities, furniture and technology must support this type of work and learning, not hinder it. Agile and flexible spaces and technologies, nimble to adapt to all needs is where success lies. Every business is searching for the same.
Our kids work and learn in a very different way than their parents. Dad’s old Buick, the old model of rows of desks and being talked to doesn’t work anymore. Fear doesn’t lead the future, hope does…along with a lot of unimaginable skills. Our buildings, technologies, furniture, curriculum and staff must all work together to create contemporary learning environments that will propel our students well into the future.
To do this it takes a commitment to that future, one that supports a new model of learning. A path that EISD is already on. We cannot afford to take a step back.
I encourage you to vote YES on Proposal 1.
Information regarding the Bond Proposal can be found here. (http://www.eanesisd.net/bond/2014).