Our purpose in Warren Township schools is to prepare our students to be self-directed learners who are literate, creative, critical thinking, civic-minded democratic citizens who do meaningful and productive work in school and for post-school life.
Our students are inheriting a world of complexity and ambiguity, but also one of promise and opportunity where there is no predicting their future. Therefore, this new educational space is poised to encourage greater autonomy for student learning where students have the opportunity to craft and evaluate their own learning through teacher facilitation, intentional feedback, peer collaboration and self-reflection.
The school year was exciting. We launched personalized learning through blended learning throughout the district. We have acknowledged that we are educating students in an extraordinary time where innovation and iteration are intertwined. The increasing pace of innovation and educational diversity in the 21st Century is presenting unique challenges and unprecedented opportunities for teaching and learning.
As an administrative team, we now, after years of coming to understand personalized learning, understand how to explain it to our school community. We recognized personalized learning as learning tailored to students’ strengths, needs and interests - including encouraging voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn. In Warren Township students are no longer on the sideline of their education. They are active and engaged participants of their own learning. Through voice and choice, playlist, projects, probing questions students are learning grade level standards, but more importantly what they want to know more about. More than a test score, please take a moment to read this article:
Assistant superintendents experienced successes and challenges. Our first success of 2015 was another 90% graduation rate. This spring, the IREAD-3 test scores were the highest in our buildings where assistant superintendents placed intentional and targeted interventions in the lowest performing schools. Sunny Heights Elementary scored 88% and Brookview 85%. We are evaluating a decrease in scores of our traditionally high performing schools to determine root cause of suspected changes. CORE-PBIS framework continues to guide and thrive student behavior in every school in Warren Township with the anticipation of rolling out PBIS Tier II in the fall district-wide. Brookview was named a Promising Practice school by the Indiana Department of Education. Grassy Creek Robotics Team placed 2nd at the state finals. They attended the World competition placing 16th in the World! The Nanoline Team from the Walker Career Center placed 1st in the State Pre-Engineering competition and won a trip to Disney Land. The Department of Education announced the Walker Career Center as part of the first cohort of STEM certified schools in the state. Gold Brigade Marching Band earned 1st place at Greenfield High School. Student Council HUAH collected 16,781 items for Sonny Day food pantry. Warren Wrestling team won State for the first time since 1980. Warren Township School district received an Inspire and Engage Award at the Personalized Learning Summit in May in San Francisco and was also named 2016 Best Communities for Music Award. In addition, our girls track team was newly crowned State champions!
Dr. Dena Cushenberry has been in public education for over thirty-one years. She started her career with MSD Warren Township in 1999. During that time she has been an assistant principal at the middle school level and principal at the elementary. Dr. Cushenberry opened Liberty Park Elementary School in 2002-2003 and in 2008 Liberty Park was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School. In 2008, Dr. Cushenberry moved to central office where she served as the Associate and Deputy Superintendent from 2008-2012. She was appointed as Superintendent in April of 2012.
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