Elementary School Principal's Page
Paul E. Blanford, Ed.D.
The 2017-2018 school year is my 9th year here to serve as Elementary Principal. We have a number of new things this year at Elmwood Elementary School.
- As one of 25 school districts in the United States, we have been selected to participate in a partnership between Jason Learning and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), The Superintendent's Association. This Partnership will connect our students with scientists around the world with a goal of having every student "think like a scientist". Today, more than ever, our students must develop skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). STEM Literacy and Skills are needed now and will continue to be needed in the future. We cannot only continue to prepare students for today's jobs; we must prepare our students for the future; as we must realize that our students truly are the future. This is very exciting for our students, parents, staff and our entire community. http://www.jason.org/district-model
- This summer I was fortunate to take a three week vacation to China with my son Tanner. As part of our excursion, we traveled with AASA as part of an Education Delegation. During this 10 day tour, we visited 10 different educational destinations including school districts, a university, and the Education Department of China. As part of our visit, I met with and formed partnerships with two different school districts to form two "Sister Schools" for our Elementary School: One is Jin Shan No. 2, an Experimental Primary School in Shanghai, and the other is a rural school school district in Jinhu County near Nanjing, Jinhu Experimental Kindergarten. Jin Shan Experimental Primary School is planning to bring a total of 15 4th and 5th grade students and three teachers to visit our school district in April 2018. In addition, we have been invited to visit their school district in the future as well. Having the cultural exchange and the opportunities that this offers our students is another way we can expand our student’s knowledge and skills for the future.
- Personalized Learning approaches will be a focus for our school district for this year and years to come. Because of the way people learn today, through technology and through practical means, and because the world is changing at such a rapid pace, each students needs to develop a set of skills that will afford them to navigate themselves to success. In order to be truly motivated and to fully pursue their potential, students need to have the opportunity to explore and develop their passions. Personalized learning supports student's passions while providing them opportunities to seek out ways to apply these passions in a future career.
I am truly excited about these new opportunities for our students. I look forward to getting our parents and community involved in these new initiatives.