At ITW David Speer Academy, Principal Jordan Kruger says there is something for every student to feel connected to the school community, with all kinds of sports and clubs available. He also says staff work together to prioritize the student experience.
“Our staff works hard to create a motivating environment for students, and we hold each other accountable to create the best experience. Our student experience survey this year showed that the happiness between students and teachers is at a high level,” Kruger said.
“Connected” at Noble Schools also means crafting an engaging curriculum and being committed to working through negative experiences—restoring relationships and finding teachable moments when things get tough.
Jonas Cleaves, principal of Johnson College Prep, says that all staff at Johnson put a heavy emphasis on building positive relationships with students in multiple ways. They work to build engaging and interactive curriculum in the classroom to help students feel connected to their teachers, peers, and academic material. They also plan large community events, like their recent Winter Wonderland event, to promote relationship-building. All of these things help them get through the tougher times.
“With the small and the big moments, we are able to proactively create a positive school community that allows teachable moments to be effective when needed!” Cleaves said.