The Mission of the Valparaiso Community Schools is to provide a safe and supportive educational environment maximizing the learning potential of each student.
I love the focus on "each student!" Each student is unique and has their own strengths, gifts, talents, and needs. As teachers, it is a joy to get to know "each student" in a class. It was one of my favorite things to do--and truly knowing "each student" meant I was better able to meet their needs--as a whole child.
I've been thinking a lot about this lately as we are finalizing a presentation to the board in April on Response to Instruction. We've been working on this as a district for a few years--but the time has come to formalize a process. This will be a process that will evolve--as there are areas where we can become even better at meeting the needs of each student.
Sometimes the needs we need to meet are for students who struggle academically, who need to be challenged through the differentiation of content, and for those working to integrate the Common Core. Here are some great resources I found that may help you meet the needs of "each student", too!