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Seton High School religion teacher Eric Green leads a discussion in his Hebrew scriptures class. Seton classrooms have been transformed this year into collaborative learning centers, with new desks and chairs and new flatscreen monitors that can connect to students' tablet computers. / Kurt Backscheider/The Community Press


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PRICE HILL — Seton High School has launched a new approach to education this school year, complete with upgraded technology, new classroom furniture and a new schedule.


“There’s a shift in culture here at Seton and we’re ready to celebrate it,” said Anna Downey, the assistant principal of academics.

“We’re moving from a teaching culture to a learning culture.”


Historically, she said education in this country has been rooted in teacher-driven instruction, in which a teacher stands in front of the class and presents material.


While that may work for some students, it’s not ideal for all, especially for today’s students.


To better serve students and empower them to be engaged in the learning process, Seton Principal and CEO Donna Brigger said administrators and faculty have worked hard to create an environment fostering collaborative learning.


A large aspect of that was adopting a new schedule, she said. The new schedule features three different class schedules – a seven-period day, a four-period day and a three-period day.


Brigger said the schedule provides more learning time for students and allows teachers to meet three times each week in Professional Learning Communities to plan curriculum and collaborate. The Professional Learning Communities will also allow students a chance to meet with teachers, she said.


“We want to listen more to student voices,” she said. “Learning is a participatory activity.”


The main goal is to improve student learning and fulfill the school’s mission of preparing all students for a life of faith, service and leadership through academic excellence, Brigger said.


Another aspect of creating a collaborative learning environment was achieved by the school’s Legacy of Learning Campaign. Through donations from alumnae and friends of the school, Seton was able to buy new desks and chairs for its classrooms this year and install 65-inch flatscreens in each classroom that interact with students’ tablet computers.


Jennifer Dunaway, Seton’s development director who coordinated the fundraising campaign, said students had been using wooden desks dating back to 1957 and metal and composite desks from 1974.


“That was the last time we had any updates to the classroom furniture,” she said.


“We wanted to create a 21st century environment four our students. The classrooms are now open and students are able to be mobile and work together.”


Downey said the new furniture, state-of-the-art flatscreens and new schedule are all tools Seton is using to transform education.

Throughout it all, she said the faculty and staff have been dedicated and have embraced the transition from being delivery agents to teachers who inspire and encourage student centered learning.


“It’s all based on research and we’ve researched this for many years,” she said.


“It’s helping us meet the needs of today’s students.”


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, September 17, 2013 11:21 PM

This is very positive constructionist movement... “We’re moving from a teaching culture to a learning culture.”  This is the 21st Century learning environment. Excellent!

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Andrew Russell's curator insight, October 20, 2014 5:50 PM

I love some of these settings...