With an expertise in developing new educational services and innovative practices, experience in consulting with other schools, school districts and human service providers, and with a history of constantly focusing on ways to enhance the quality and performance of their own four programs, Schools for Children found itself seeking a way to describe approaches and educational practices that would linked all of their schools and programs: Lesley Ellis School, Dearborn Academy, Seaport Academy and the STEPProgram. That common thread emerged from a discussion of current school practices and a review of the educational literature. It is our belief that the core elements of what is known as ‘student centered education’ hold the key to what makes learning special in each of these diverse schools and programs… and the key to creating more effective schools nationwide.
Expanding on ways to understand and apply the tenets of this educational approach, a team within Schools for Childrenrecommended launching a broad, new dialogue under the banner of what would be called the National Institute for Student Centered Education. To be known as NISCE (and pronounced as ‘nice’), this initiative will seek to engage educators, parents and students in conversations about the critical importance of supporting more individualized learning by finding ways to create, support and build upon the core: the relationship between teachers (or schools) and their students.
If you are ready to join a movement grounded in the belief that each and every individual deserves the right to be passionate about and successful in their learning, this blog is for you.