FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio — Lost during the pandemic-related blur that has been the last six months is the fact Fairview High School was nationally recognized by two different organizations.
Not only did it receive a STEM/STEAM School Designation from the Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN), but it was designated as a 2020 Model School from the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE).
“What it really means is the hard work of Fairview High School administrators to build innovative programming and top-quality academics has really drawn attention,” Fairview Park City Schools Superintendent Bill Wagner said. “These recognitions are something we’re very proud of.”
Fairview High School was one of 28 schools that applied for the STEM/STEAM School Designation.
Ohio STEM Committee approved applications for schools that implement best practices in STEM and STEAM education, which include creating a culture of inquiry, entrepreneurialism, problem solving, problem-based learning and connections to the real-world.
As for the other acknowledgement, Fairview Park City Schools is no stranger to ICLE. In 2019, the district received its second straight Innovative District designation.
Regarding its Model Schools designation, ICLE recognizes the need for change to collectively establish a vision and systematically that works together to create a learning environment that enables students of all abilities to thrive.
The criteria include schools that focus on leveraging individual data to make instructional decisions and personalize instruction, as well as balancing rigor and relevance in interdisciplinary learning while creating equity, access and opportunities for all students.
“This really centers on the ability to build beyond the traditional design of school in an innovative 21st century model and design for learning,” Wagner said. “There are a lot of schools doing some very unique and creative things across the country and across the globe.
“This organization recognized Fairview High School for the combination of different opportunities and components that make it stand out. We call that the ‘Fairview Advantage.’ They recognized that.”
ICLE recognized Fairview High School as a Model High School after its detailed submission and proposal titled “Staying the Course of Your Innovation Journey: How to Shift Gears without Wearing Out the Clutch.”
For proof of seamlessly shifting gears, Wagner said look no further than this past spring when the stay-at-home order required Fairview High School — as well as the entire district — to pivot at a moment’s notice to remote learning
“Whereas a lot of other school districts and schools had weeks — sometimes months — before they were able to really get education started back up again, it was like flipping a switch for us,” Wagner said. “We had the infrastructure in place. The teachers had years of previous training and utilizing the tools, technology and the instructional delivery model to be able to help our students barely miss a beat at Fairview High School.
“It certainly underscored for the district — and hopefully for the community as well — that the path the school district was on in leaning heavy on the future focus design for our schools and our instruction really proved to be beneficial in this case and allowed Fairview High School to stand out amongst others.”
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