Four years after poor test scores, Pittsfield schools pull it together
“Student Centered Learning means that when teachers design lessons, they think about how can they put students in the center of everything, how to make work relevant to students so they find value in going through the exercise,” Graham said. “It also allows for some personalization for students in terms of what books they choose or types of projects they work on.”
“The teachers listen to you and if you have something you want changed or you can show a different way how you learn, they are so open,” she said. “I have friends who have 50 kids in a classroom with them and the teachers don’t have time for them. They tell me I am so lucky I have teachers who care about us.”
“Since coming here, everything I know about education has changed. We work to empower students so they that they feel ownership of the building. I am not teaching at students so much as I am working with them,” Dunlavey said.
Freeman agreed, saying the district’s improvement would not have been possible without the help of the community and an involved school board.
During a recent visit to Pittsfield, Gov. Maggie Hassan said she was impressed by the rapid improvement in the school district.
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