From Wind River to the Blue Ridge

Diana Clapp, superintendent of the Fremont County School District No. 6 in western Wyoming, wanted to make the library at Wind River High School a more welcoming place for students. For ideas, she turned to NSBA’s Magna Awards.

Clapp, school board member Kristen Benson, along with a team of administrators and two Wind River High School students, traveled 1,500 miles to central Virginia this week. They were there to see a demonstration of how Albemarle County Public Schools’ high school learning commons program worked.

Fremont County was a 2016 Magna Grand Prize winner for its mobile preschool program. Albemarle’s high school learning commons was a 2015 grand prize winner.

The Magna Awards is a recognition program that honors excellence and innovation in school district programs. It also serves as a resource where districts can get ideas on how others are solving the same problems or issues they are facing.

The team toured several schools during the visit, meeting with Albemarle Superintendent Pam Moran and her administrators. In addition to the learning commons makerspace program, the Albemarle administrators and teachers also spoke with their Freemont counterparts about the district’s project based learning philosophy.

The two staffs also discussed strategies for scaling the programs from Albemarle, with 13,000 students and 26 schools, to Fremont, a tiny district with 400 students and four schools.

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