June 17, 2024

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Learning the Lessons of the Spring

As we look toward this week’s school committee, during which a plan for the fall will be embraced, everyone knows that school will not be the same place as it was last year. There was a lot that fell apart when the schools abruptly changed course in the winter and early spring. However, this was also an opportunity for the schools to completely rethink what they offer, and how they accomplish their goals. Some of the last-minute innovations made out of necessity are now being considered for long-term adoption, and the entire school department is reconceptualizing education in the 21st century. In a continuation of our series of reports with the Superintendent of Needham Public Schools, Dan Gutekanst relates how this summer is setting the stage for what is to come.