To navigate today's complex life and work environments, students must develop content knowledge, thinking skills, and social and emotional competence. Learn about how Valley School's Modernization Project prepares students for their futures.
At Valley School, we know that every student is unique, and we believe it is our responsibility to prepare each of them for the challenges of today’s world. We know that content knowledge is fundamental, but it is no longer enough. Students must utilize higher-order thinking skills to build on facts and create knowledge. They must be culturally, globally, civically, environmentally, socially, and technologically fluent.
Through the Modernization Project, Valley School's classrooms have been updated in ways that acknowledge students as individuals who must be prepared for the fast-paced, diverse, dynamic, and hyper-connected world they will enter as young adults. Our modernized classrooms support the active, child-centric, and project-based instructional methods that help cultivate the skills our students will need. Sustainable, adaptable, mobile furniture, varied work spaces, and smart technologies have been incorporated into every instructional classroom.
Our aim in modernizing our school is to reach each student where they are in their developmental process by creating environments that support myriad learning and teaching styles. The Modernization Project features design elements and furniture that:
Foster creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration
Provide each student with the freedom to create, engage, and interact in a space tailored to accommodate his or her best style of learning
Balance direct instruction with child-centric pedagogy and project-oriented teaching methods
Dr. Strecker explained how every student’s learning experience is enhanced by the active learning spaces in Valley School’s classrooms. “Look around at the companies in which the most innovation happens—look at Google, look at Apple, look at Uber—one of the things they share in common is flexible work environments. Workers have the physical space and professional freedom to play, brainstorm, collaborate, experiment, and communicate. Those freedoms breed creativity, critical thinking, opportunities for leadership, responsibility, and communities characterized by social and emotional support. Through our school modernization, we have created a similar culture in which every community member—students and teachers, alike—can benefit.”