Distinguished Fellow’s Leadership Produces Results

December 6, 2019
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Photo Credit: Grace Tatter/On Point

One of the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative’s six Distinguished Fellows, Arria Coburn, was recently featured on WBUR’s On Point program. Coburn is the Principal of the Springfield Renaissance School in Springfield, MA, which WBUR notes has “attracted national recognition for raising the achievement of students from low-income families and students of color.”

Principal Coburn has led multiple efforts that have helped produce these amazing results, among them:  

  • emphasizing mastery of knowledge over seat-time and test-prep 
  • ensuring students spend abundant time in supportive peer groups developing their socialemotional skills 
  • providing explicit guidance to students on how to regulate their behavior so that they’re increasingly adept at building relationships, promoting community, and optimizing one another’s learning 
  • Using student-centered practices to reduce opportunity gaps and secure high levels of achievement for her school’s most vulnerable populations

Read more here about how Arria’s leadership and student-centered approaches are making the Renaissance School a powerful place to learn.  

This blog is part of the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative Equity Series by  JFF and KnowledgeWorks and created with support from its funders. Learn more about this work. 


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