BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- The Bronxville School hosted a team of 13 administrators and teachers from the Tri- States Consortium, a professional learning community of public school districts in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and shared its work around the Bronxville Promise through workshops and demonstrations over the course of three days from April 27-29.
Through the opportunity, the team heard from faculty presenters, observed classroom lessons and professional development in action, and interviewed students, parents and teachers to assess the extent to which the Bronxville School has established the Bronxville Promise as a guiding vision for the district.
“At the end of the visit, we were buoyed by their energy and imagination and they clearly communicated that the district is on the move in an exciting, productive direction,” Bronxville Superintendent of Schools David Quattrone said. “We have plenty to think about, but it's fair to say we feel supported and validated in the direction of our work.” Quattrone said the district was able to model some leading edge practices, including innovative approaches to presenting material, sharing work in progress and using technology to schedule and communicate.
The Tri-States Consortium, which was established in 1992, aims to assist school districts to enhance student performance and build a rigorous framework for planning, assessment and systematic change. Tri-States Consortium Executive Director Martin G. Brooks said the entire visiting team was impressed with the Bronxville Promise vision and the support of faculty, students and parents.
“The team was particularly impressed with the ability of the district's students to discuss how the Bronxville Promise has broadened and deepened their education,” he said. “Many students told us that they recognize the opportunities afforded them for innovation, leadership, collaboration and critical and creative thinking, and that schooling has become even more relevant and enjoyable as a result.” Brooks added that in a national educational environment that is dominated by tests, Bronxville has chosen to focus on four skills that are widely recognized as dispositions essential for success in the 21st century.