Too often when we read stories in the news about schools, the focus is on the plight of the education system, with the media (sometimes rightfully, but often sensationally) focusing on negative stories, instead of shining a light on the positive things our schools and teachers are doing every day to help students reach their potential.
Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting a school that fulfills the promise of 21st century learning. PS. 287, Bailey K Ashford Elementary in Brooklyn NY is a vibrant community of educators, students and parents working together to ensure a future of limitless potential for its students. Principal Michelle Rawlins believes in the power of technology to improve student achievement. With Smartboards in every room and computers available to each class, Ms. Everbell Bishop leads the way in helping all teachers in the school integrate technology into the curriculum in meaningful ways. (NOTE: It must also be said — they have one of the coolest school libraries I’ve ever seen;) The students were insightful, engaged (and above all, laughed at my jokes) and every teacher I met was focused on one objective: Inspiring students to be lifelong learners.
My goal on this visit was to meet Edmodo’s millionth user — a 4th grade student named Jeremiah Scarborough — and to present the school with the Edmodo Mobile Learning Center, a technology lab that we hope will allow PS 287 to continue their mission to prepare their students to be the leaders of tomorrow.
On behalf of the Edmodo team, I want to personally thank the teachers, students and parents for welcoming us into your community — we plan to visit often and find new and exciting ways to partner with you. With a leader like Jeremiah Scarborough as our official Student Ambassador to Edmodo, we have no doubt it’s going to be a fun year and we can’t wait to see what we can do together!
Congratulations PS. 287 Bailey K. Ashford Elementary — home of Edmodo’s One Millionth User!