Conway principal to discuss school redesign at Washington, D.C., summit

vgrooms@thesunnews.comDecember 6, 2013 

— Judy Beard, principal at Conway’s Whittemore Park Middle School, will participate on a panel at the CityBridge Foundation’s Education Innovation Summit Saturday in Washington, D.C.

The foundation supports promising education practices for increasing the performance of D.C. schools, and the event will focus on personalized, blended learning, which combines classroom and online instruction. Beard will discuss school redesign along with two school leaders from the D.C. area and moderator Katherine Bradley, president of CityBridge.

“My perspective is to bring information on a new school redesign in an existing district – to share the challenges and promising practices we have learned here at Whittemore Park,” Beard said. “It is an honor to represent Horry County Schools as a model for the Washington, D.C., schools.”

The foundation contacted Beard through the Next Generation Learning Schools Network and the Gates Foundation, said the principal, who is in her second year at Whittemore Park. Last year, the school became the only one in the state ever to receive a Next Generation Learning Challenges grant, which is partially funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and supports innovation through technology.

Whittemore Park also is piloting the state’s TransformSC program, which will allow the school over two years to try new approaches for learning and assessments to help develop and change education policies.

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