When teachers choose to improve the way they teach, get the support they need, and are able to lead, we believe that is when real change happens to how and what students learn.
PARTNERING WITH RESEARCH
Research has much to learn from what teachers are doing and teachers can be more powerful when informed by research. Strengthening the bridge between the two is a critical step in our process.
TAKING TO SCALE
Start with where teachers and schools are at, map change to esisting systems and realities, throw in a trusted intermediary or two, create a common framework and langauge and watch it grow.
WHAT IS BEST?
An effort to elevate the teaching and assessment of essential skills in our schools
BEST is working to shift how students learn and demonstrate essentials skills like communication, collaboration, creativity, and self-direction (aka Work-Study Practices). We are doing this through a developmentally backed research framework, teacher professional development, new instruction in the classroom, and use of a statewide performance assessment system rooted in competency-based education (PACE). We are also building the evidence base that this works for ALL students.
BEST is a dynamic group of teachers and leaders in four New Hampshire school districts (Laconia, Rochester, Sanborn and Souhegan), the New Hampshire Learning Initiative (NHLI), the Center for Innovation in Education (CIE), the New Hampshire Department of Education, and KnowledgeWorks powered by JFF with funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Our 4-Part Recipe
Making changes to how students learn is no easy task. It requires a unique blend of elements to make it all work. Here is what the BEST collaboration sees as key ingredients to successful large-scale change.
Ensuring success with every student, every day, in every way
Personalized for all students to be, responsible, and contributing citizens
Committed to promoting respect, academic excellence, and pride by encouraging independent thinking within a culture of collaboration
Putting the student at the center to provide the foundation and encouragement for success
Voices from the field
Hear what students, teachers, and employers have to say about learning essential skills.
Collaboration is my strength. Being able to talk to other people and work together is something I’ve excelled at in the work study practice projects. They have shown me that, yes, collaboration is a strength.
Grade 12 Student
Everyone needs to learn these skills before they graduate. It doesn’t matter if the person next to you does it faster. What matters is that when you leave here you have the skills and knowleldge.
Laconia School District Leader
We are looking for people who are interested in what they are doing and in growing their education. We don’t want people who are waiting to be told what to do. We want people ready to be part of the modern workforce.
President of Graphicast
Regular updates from our work in the field including videos, photos, refletions, and leading thoughts from the many great people that are working on this effort.
with funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation