Bloomington Jefferson and Kennedy high schools have been named Division Star of Innovation winners by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP).
The award recognizes school programs that demonstrate a positive impact on education and advocacy for children, are effective and innovative and use creativity and imagination to bring about positive school change.
The two schools created a new homeroom academic seminar program, which is a differentiated, personalized, intervention held every Thursday of any full week of the school year.
Teachers select students from their regular classes who may need extra study time or one-on-one help in that particular academic area. Work can be for enrichment, remediation, re-testing or assignment make up. Students have a quiet study time in class unless another teacher has requested them for a specific academic purpose. Academic seminars are approximately 45 minutes.
“Approximately 35-50 students each week are seeking out a teacher and obtaining a pass to a seminar in an area they believe they need additional support,” according to Kennedy High School Principal Andy Beaton.