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Welcome from Dr. Barbara A. Russell
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Leaders must “first seek to understand, then to be understood.”
– Stephen Covey

Dear Parents/Guardians,

How often do you hear the term “innovation?” It is a term we hear in educational conversations frequently these days because of how it connects to the thinking of schools. During a recent staff meeting, I heard the following descriptions of innovation in our schools, “…teachers are putting students at the center of their learning,” and “… shifts in teachers’ thinking to change experiences for the better, or …risks in how we lead students that result in greater learning.” Here in PVSD, when we reference innovation we think of “doing school different;” operating our schools in ways that improve experiences for students, that engage and empower them as self-directed learners.

One of the comparisons we often make when describing innovation in school is to the old “sit and git” model classroom where students sat in rows and the teacher was at the front of the room talking to them or directing them to do certain tasks. George Couros, the author of the Innovator’s Mindset has been a speaker in our District and shares lots of ideas on how to move schools forward and away from sit and git. He states that, “Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow, (William Pollard).” In other words, we need to do school different to meet our students where they are today and advance their learning to prepare them for tomorrow. Our job is no longer simply to prepare students for something, but to prepare them for anything (A.J. Juliani).

How are we here in PV demonstrating innovation in our schools? In various places throughout the District, teachers have adjusted the physical space for students; no more rows, and in some cases no more desks. They have shifted to using tables and arranging students in small groups that facilitate “student-talk” and collaboration. Some of the tables even have white-board surfaces the students can write on as they learn together. In classrooms with desks, you will often see arrangements in small clusters. Often times when we visit classrooms across the District, there are many voices sharing in conversation, not just the teacher speaking.

We are also using modern resources to advance the curricula, resources such as Chromebooks, laptops, web based tools and even virtual reality, to promote learning. These types of resources facilitate our students having access to endless amounts of information and to individuals from all over the world, anywhere, anytime. As part of “doing school different,” we are discussing the possibility of implementing a 1:1 initiative (with Chromebooks) in our schools, providing each secondary level student with his/her own device, similar to assigning each student a textbook. The Chromebook would become one of several resources our teachers and students would rely upon daily for learning.

These conversations are exciting and ongoing and include discussion about many other considerations beyond simply assigning each secondary level student a Chromebook. The simultaneous considerations include ensuring the District’s infrastructure can support a larger number of devices, along with the other devices and district-wide operations that are active daily. We are also discussing the personnel necessary to support such an initiative, professional development of staff, funding to pay for the investment, and of course, the safety of our students when provided greater access to the Internet. These discussions are happening in various committee settings and at the Board level. Should the initiative move forward, I would like to host parent meetings to discuss the implementation of a 1:1 at the secondary level and afford all the opportunity to pose questions and share comments. I welcome the conversations and look forward to advancing the teaching and learning experiences in our schools.

Dr. Barbara A. Russell
Superintendent, Perkiomen Valley School District
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  • Resource Expo - March 22 The Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (MCIU) will present an evening of resources for families, educators, and students on March 22 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Perkiomen ...
    Posted by Barbara Russell
  • Tragic Event Dear PV Families, By now you are most likely aware of the mass shooting that took place yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As of this ...
    Posted Feb 15, 2018, 1:32 PM by Barbara Russell
  • Comprehensive Planning and the Future of Our Schools! The next Comprehensive Planning Committee Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 8, 2018 in the High School Library from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. This is a discussion forum open ...
    Posted Feb 4, 2018, 5:34 AM by Barbara Russell
  • Superintendent's Roundtable - HS Program Planning and Class Rank The focus of this month's roundtable is on High School Program Planning and Class Rank. This meeting is open to all interested community members and will take place in ...
    Posted Jan 20, 2018, 4:44 AM by Barbara Russell
  • January 8th School Board Meeting The School Board meeting scheduled for this evening at 6:30 PM has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 11 at 6:30 PM. The meeting will take place in the ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2018, 12:51 PM by Barbara Russell
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All residents in the Perkiomen Valley School District are invited to attend a Superintendent's Roundtable discussion. These informal discussions are an effective way for parents and community members to communicate directly with the administration of the Perkiomen Valley School District to share concerns, ideas and suggestions. Dates for the 2017-18 school year will be:

Wednesday, Jan. 24 - Location for this meeting is the High School Library
Monday, March 19
Wednesday, May 23

Roundtables will be held at the District Office, 3 Iron Bridge Drive, Collegeville, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. If you would like to be a part of a discussion, please contact Jessica Lester at (610) 489-8506, ext. 1142 or Please indicate what date you would like to attend and what schools your children attend (if applicable).