Bronxville Union Free School District

Educators Highlight Work of Bronxville Promise at National Conference

A team of six Bronxville School administrators and teachers explored the topic of transformation in education and highlighted the work of the Bronxville Promise at the EdLeader21 Conference held from Sept. 28-30 in Denver, Colorado. EdLeader21 is a national network of school district leaders focused on integrating 21st century skills such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication into education.

Director of Technology Jennifer Forsberg and Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Mara Koetke were among a group of education leaders nationwide who presented at a workshop designed to help other educators embrace transformation. They shared the history and successes of the Bronxville Promise, which was developed to define the dispositions that administrators and teachers believe to be integral to the success of their students: their capacity to innovate, lead, think critically and engage the world.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to share where we are in this journey and to think with like-minded colleagues about what it means to educate students in the 21st century with the focus of developing skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication,” said Dr. Koetke. “EdLeader21 has provided a wonderful platform for doing so.”

Moderated by Ken Kay, chief executive officer of EdLeader21, the session allowed participants to hear about the progress of districts from across the country and learn about different approaches to enhancing students’ education.

Bronxville educators also highlighted their work on project-based learning and explained how they’re developing curriculum-embedded performance assessments for engaged citizenship. In addition, they discussed how the Student Help Desk –comprised of a group of innovative students who are experts in the technology field and provide teachers with technology solutions – is enabling students to become leaders and critical thinkers.

Along with Forsberg and Dr. Koetke, conference attendees from the Bronxville School included elementary school teacher Heather DeCurtis, High School Principal Ann Meyer, high school social studies teacher Christina Reidel and middle school English teacher Meg Weiss.