Principal Arria Coburn and classroom teacher, Ellen Foley, sat down with us to reflect and discuss what it has been like to ensure schools and classrooms are student-centered, engaging and full of learning.
Arria Coburn is a principal of the Springfield Renaissance School, a 6-12 EL Education School in Springfield, Massachusetts. She’s serving her sixth year as principal and in her 14th year in education. Ellen Foley is a classroom educator in her eighth-year teaching. She teaches mathematics at 360 High School, a mastery-based school located in Providence, Rhode Island.
They answer four questions:
- What student-centered strategies have you prioritized during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- What’s worked best to keep students engaged and motivated this year?
- What have been some bright spots this year?
- How has your school community, including teachers, risen to present challenges?