At the end of the 2012-2013 school year, we opened our TSC inbox to find emails from teachers at an ELT school in Malden, Massachusetts, telling us what they liked most about their redesigned school day. For those of us who work on advancing ELT day in and day out, it was like Christmas in June! Before we post them, we want to give you some background on this special school.
The Salemwood School is a K-8 ELT school with 120 staff members and 1,200 students. Eight years ago, Salemwood began its transformation into an expanded-time school when the superintendent at the time, Dr. Joan Connoll, asked schools if they were interested in applying for a new state grant for ELT. The administration and teachers at the Salemwood jumped at the opportunity and the Salemwood School was one of the initial pioneering schools in Massachusetts’ first statewide initiative to expand learning time.
The school is split into two buildings: K-4 and 5-8, but they work together to maintain a unified mission to create and maintain a learning environment that enables each student to fulfill his or her maximum potential intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally. The school fosters full inclusion for special education students and Sheltered English Immersion students. We created a visual to help you see how they use time specifically for third and fourth graders. In addition to expanded learning time, the school also offers an after-school program for all grades through Malden’s Partnership for Community Schools.
Over the next several weeks, we will be posting blogs from teachers at the Salemwood about their experiences with ELT. We are grateful to them for sharing their stories, and we hope you enjoy them! Maybe you’ll feel inspired to submit a blog of your own (hint, hint)!