Engaging learning experiences
Dozens of students and staff members at Greensview Elementary School spent the 2018-2019 school year writing, illustrating, editing and marketing a book called “Golden Bears A to Z.” The book celebrates the people, places and traditions that make Upper Arlington such a special community. The project immersed students in real-world learning experiences, from signing a publishing contract to marketing the book to businesses and consumers across the community. “Golden Bears A to Z” is also part of the district’s long commitment to service learning, with proceeds benefiting the Upper Arlington Education Foundation.
Student and Staff Well-being
Students and teachers at both middle schools look forward to their weekly advisory time. These mini-communities focus on social-emotional learning, acceptance and support of self and others, and service learning. Similar groups spanning all grade levels exist at several of the elementary schools. These groups provide time for students to build important relationships with one another and with staff members.
Soliciting improvement ideas from within
During the 2018-2019 school year, Upper Arlington High School conducted its first Big Idea Hunt, soliciting system-improvement ideas from staff members. Approximately 75 percent of staff members took part in the process, which generated 65 ideas to support continuous improvement in the building.