Our commitment to providing a world-class academic experience for all students requires a diligent continuous improvement effort.
Over the past five years, the district has conducted program studies and pilot studies, provided district-wide professional development for staff, and transformed learning spaces in every school through a community-supported facilities construction plan. The result is a comprehensive, academic experience that tailors teaching to the unique learning needs of each student. In this way, our students become confident learners and capable leaders.
Educating the whole student
In Edina, we educate students beyond state requirements. We believe it is essential to develop the whole student -- to cultivate characteristics in our learners that prepare them for success in a diverse and constantly changing world. To do that, Edina Public Schools identified six key skills and competencies that expand on academic learning and develop qualities that will lead to success and promote our students to be next generation leaders. EPS education competencies are embedded in day-to-day teaching practices and curriculum in order to enrich the student learning experience at all levels.
Edina Public Schools is consistently among the top academically performing districts in the state. Edina High School is routinely included on national lists. Edina staff and administrators are frequent presenters nationally and internationally, sharing information and experience with other educators who look to replicate the programming and outcomes of our district.
While the hopes and dreams of each student varies, and their strengths and talents differ, Edina Public Schools is focused on ensuring that each one leaves poised for success and with an Edina Education that will serve them throughout their lives.
The Curriculum Review Cycle chart describes program areas that are under review in any given year in Edina Public Schools. Typically a program review will occur every 7 years, but that can changes depending upon new legislation and available funding. In some years, a review may flow over into a second year as indicated with a red X in the chart. The process involves a review of data, revisiting the vision of the program, alignment with standards, review of new materials and or digital content and staff/student surveys. Curriculum changes and recommendations are then presented to the School Board.
Service-learning is an approach to teaching and learning in which students use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs. The activity changes both the recipient and the provider of the service. This is accomplished by combining service tasks with structured opportunities that link the task to self-reflection, self-discovery, and the acquisition and comprehension of values, skills, and knowledge content.
Through service-learning programs, students may:
- Improve academic knowledge and performance
- Be more accepting of diversity across generations, cultures, perspective and abilities
- Develop ability to work well with others
- Experience reciprocity and more are more apt to act responsibly and feel comfortable helping others
- Replace stereotypes with respect for others
- Increase self-esteem and trust in peers and adults
- Make an easier transition to adulthood
Through using service-learning in their classrooms, teachers may:
- Increase the relevancy of education for students
- Identify resources to enhance educational opportunities for students
- Bring the classroom and community together
- Participate in professional development and become mentors for other teachers
- Feel inspired professionally and personally
Through service-learning programs, schools can:
- Combine academic development with civic and social responsibility
- Develop community partnerships
- Publicize educational opportunities available for students
- Develop a more inclusive and cooperative school climate and culture
- Invite students to become active community members
Through service-learning programs, communities can:
- Increase resources to address problems and concerns
- Participate in student learning
- Publicly acknowledge the contributions of young people