CBMS- MGI Mission Statement

Focus Statement for our work at the MGI, and in year #1, with the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education: In year #1 of our partnership with the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education, CBMS staff will analyze and re-design the CBMS learning environment, with the goal of supporting an increase in personalized learning and meaningful pursuits for our students. We will be aiming to create a learning environment which allows our students to engage in learning that incorporates interests, questions and concerns about issues of personal and social significance in a democratic society. This work will begin in the Middle Grades Institute in June, where we will run a jigsaw approach towards exploring this lofty goal. Small groups will focus on:
*The utilization of time- how can the CBMS daily schedule change to better allow us to meet this goal?
*The roll-out of Personal Learning Plans @ CBMS- what needs to happen for these plans to quickly become a cornerstone of personalization?
*1:1 environment @ CBMS- what can this look like, and how do we get there?
Student Empowerment and Student Voice- how can these be ramped up @ CBMS?

Friday, September 4, 2015

UDL National Park

Daniel R. Wiffin
Educator - 7/8 Social Studies
Crossett Brook Middle School, Duxbury, VT


  1. Your image does a nice job pulling it all together. We tried a tree, but the mountain clearly shows the encompassing / trickle down nature of these principles.

  2. This is a lot like climbing Everest without the "Death Zone".

  3. Love that there are many places for reflection:)

  4. Like the growth mindset backpack. Without the backpack (growth mindset) you are not prepared.

  5. I am attracted to your image. I particularly enjoy the smiley face at the top of the mountain. Is that Life L.?