It’s recruitment season here at Touchstone, as we’re looking for stellar educators to join our team. (Psst! Know anyone great? Refer them.) We’ve been working on developing some more materials to explain our model and approach. We recently developed a longer overview of our vision and the model we’re trying to put into place, and wanted to share it out. Click the link below to read it.
What do you think? What questions do you have?
After a two week break, students and staff are back at work reinventing school. The break gave our entire team a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the work we are doing and why it is so important. We often get asked what we are doing in our schools and why it is needed. We try to explain that school needs to better reflect the world in which our students live and will work. We also talk about how important it is to leverage modern tools in education (computers, online learning curriculum, etc.) and to update school so that it no longer looks like the school of 100 years ago. That said, we also like to point people to Sir Ken Robinson’s video on why changing education is necessary. It is terrific and can be found here. Enjoy!
The Touchstone Education team is focused on one goal: to reinvent middle and high school to provide students with personalized education so they can excel in the worlds of college, work, and life.
Over the last year, we’ve worked with others– educators, leaders, technology specialists, etc.– to imagine innovative new strategies for delivering the remarkable results we seek. We tried to take the best of what we had learned from great schools around the country but also to literally and figuratively break down traditional walls and barriers to learning.
Our first school, Merit Prep Newark, opened in August to serve 80 terrific sixth graders and their families. As a community, we are learning a lot and constantly iterating to identify new ways to meet our goals. We hope to make this blog a place to share our ideas, celebrate the great work of our students and staff, pose questions and challenges, and engage in a dialogue with others. Stay tuned for future posts, we’ll look forward to hearing from you.