About five years ago, the community of Deerfield, Illinois, came together to anticipate the educational needs of future generations. Alan Shepard Middle School has led the way. First converting the junior high school to the more student-centered middle school model, leaders at Shepard then expanded students’ encore options (as distinct from core—math, ELA, science, and social studies—classes) to include the kinds of sophisticated technologies students were likely to encounter in the workplace.
Principal John Filippi explains the thinking behind these changes and teachers, coaches, and facilitators describe how they work and benefit students.
Read the transcript of High Tech Makes Learning Personal.
Read Alan Shepard Middle School’s NBRS application.
Student Demographics 2016
|Number of students K – 5||513|
|Students eligible for subsidized meals||1%|
|Limited English Proficient students||1%|
|Students receiving special ed services||15%|
|African American students||1%|
|Hispanic or Latino students||5%|
|Students of 2 or more races||3%|
|Average student daily attendance||97%|