This Spring, Nazareth Prep Principal, Joseph Oliphant, will participate in the School Retool Fellowship focused on Deeper Learning for all students. The goal of the professional development fellowship is to equip school leaders to hack the culture within their schools in order to ensure students are prepared for the real world. What is Deeper Learning? Well, Deeper Learning is much of what Nazareth Prep seeks to offer students: relevant, real-world learning experiences, peer-to-peer learning, student exhibitions and personalized post secondary pathway support while encouraging students to advocate for themselves by providing platforms for student voice and choice. According to the School Retool website, “The Hewlett Foundation has identified six sets of competencies that research indicates are required for success: academic mindset, effective communication, collaboration, learning how to learn, critical thinking and mastery of academic content.” For many of the students, parents, faculty and staff at Nazareth Prep this all sounds very familiar, as these same principals are pillars to how Nazareth Prep approaches teaching and learning, as highlighted in the Nazareth Prep Mindsets graphic below.
As a School Retool Fellow, Mr. Oliphant will participate in workshops, activities and projects that will augment his knowledge, skills and resources for enhancing Deeper Learning initiatives at Nazareth Prep. The School Retool Fellowship is a collaborative program sponsored by IDEO, Stanford’s d.school, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation with local logistics coordinated by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. We look forward to hearing more about Mr. Oliphant’s fellowship experience later this Spring and how he plans to put what he learns to work as Nazareth Prep begins to plan for the 2019-20 school year.