About: Superintendent's Corner
The 2016-2017 school year was an exciting year of creativity and innovation as we implemented our five-year SASDNext plan throughout the district. SASDNext was developed by a district wide committee of teachers, administrators, community members and students in an effort to transform teaching and learning.
All of our middle school students received a Chromebook as part of the one-to-one program. By providing access to 21st century tools we enabled teachers to extend learning beyond the classroom while preparing students for the future. We also did a soft introduction of Schoology, a learning management system accessible to students, teachers, and parents. A full rollout of Schoology will be occurring shortly.
Throughout the school year our teachers redefined what a learning environment could look like, inspired by the Classroom Design Contest, a partnership between Souderton Area School District and the Indian Valley Education Foundation. Low tables, high desks, alternate seating, lighting, and curtains helped to make the classroom an inviting place where all learners can find comfort and success. As winter approached, we hosted Innovator’s Mindset author George Couros, who energized our teachers to foster the natural curiosity of our students, guiding them to define their own learning and to continue forward as thinking leaders. George encouraged teachers to embrace change and become professionally networked outside the classroom using social media as a way of growing their own learning.
Based on these experiences, makerspaces and break-out boxes began to pop up in our schools, curriculum revisions were in process, and a K-12 STEM committee was formed. Technology became a core element of instruction as teachers developed lessons and delivered content giving real world application through virtual means. These first steps in Souderton’s SASDNext journey have generated enthusiasm and excitement establishing a strong foundation for continued transformation of teaching and learning for this next school year.
Frank T. Gallagher
Superintendent of Schools