Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union

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March Intensive 2016

On Friday, March 18th, Windsor High School successfully completed its first ever March Intensive week.  The unique four day long mini-courses that made up March Intensive were the latest additions to the ambitious Personal Learning Plan (PLP) program that Windsor instituted this year for grades 7 through 12. March Intensive follows close on the heels of Senior Capstone, another revolutionary program that falls under the PLP umbrella.  March Intensive allowed students to try something completely different, and learn simply for the sake of learning.

WHS March Intensive included 26 unique courses that were created as a result of student surveys and the faculty‚Äôs personal skill sets.  The courses included options that appealed to the curiosity of a diverse student body.  Those students who were looking for an active experience could find it in courses that included winter climbing and skiing on Mt Washington, jazz dance, or four days of basic training with the VT National Guard.  Some more creative options included Broadway theatre, making an album, or international cooking.  Life skills courses included choices like healthy cooking, gardening, sustainable living, knitting, and women's self defense.  Other options included specific career exposure opportunities and professionally taught certification courses.

Feedback from the students and faculty regarding the program has been overwhelmingly positive, as well as from the greater community who provided support financially and logistically by offering local facilities to host the courses.  Already students are asking about next year's course options and several students have expressed an interest in forming a student committee to support the planning for years to come.  Clearly some very positive things are taking place at Windsor High School, and we are all very proud to be part of this student centered transformation.

Stan Spencer, Windsor High School