Powertown teaching lauded

Published: 9/24/2018 9:34:04 AM
Powertown lauded

As schools across the region begin a new year, there is much to celebrate about the outstanding teaching and learning going on in the Franklin County public schools.

There are many examples of dedicated, inspiring, and innovative educators and administrators making a difference for our children and youth. As one example of important innovation, I want to shine a spotlight on the planning work being done at Turners Falls High School in a project called Powertown in the 21st Century (PT21). This project aims to provide all TFHS students with a 21st century education that is rooted in the local community and will prepare them for a bright future in spite of unpredictable economic and social conditions in the region and the world.

In this planning year, PT21 partners have been working with students, families, school staff and community members to identify the needs and aspirations of the students.

Coupled with identifying the life-long skills and competencies that students will need to thrive, PT21 is developing a “vision of our graduates” that will serve as one basis for developing a model for a redesigned high school experience. This coming year, PT21 team members will continue to look at research, visit exemplary schools, learn about educational models such as competency-based education, and involve school and community participation in developing this model.

The PT21 planning work is partially supported by the Barr Foundation and builds on longstanding partnerships between Turners Falls High School and Greenfield Community College, the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board, the GillMontague​​​​​​​ Community School Partnership, the Collaborative for Educational Services and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

I encourage readers to visit the PT21 Facebook page (Powertown in the 21st Century) and website (powertown.org), to learn more about this exciting project and find ways to give input or get involved.

William Diehl

Executive director
Collaborative for Educational Services


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