Future of Education in Bristol Warren Regional School District
Bristol Warren Regional School District Students, Families, and Community,
Happy Fall season. I would like to share my observations of the first few weeks of school, provide some thoughts about future career opportunities for our students, and invite you to join the district in an upcoming conversation called “Learning about the Future of Education in the Bristol Warren Regional School District.” Understanding what our students are doing now, what they need to do in the future, and how we can collaborate to support them is critical to their individual success, the success of each of our families, and the towns of Bristol and Warren.
As we finish the 6th week of the 2019-2020 school year, I am excited by the quality of work our students, teachers, and administrators are doing. During my school visits, I have observed students reading, providing feedback to classmates about their writing, listened to music students have created in music lab, watched students race around the gym to popular music as a warm-up activity, measured the height of bouncing tennis balls as part of an experiment, watched a presentation by our 2019 Samsung “Solve for Tomorrow” state champion team, and countless other lessons. The common denominator in these examples is the level of preparation and knowledge of our teachers, the purposeful design and implementation of ways to engage and help students to become active learners, and administrators working to lead and maintain great school culture.
We are all focused on ensuring that our students learn as much as possible so they are positioned for a great future. For too long, in our country, schools and parents have thought that the only path to a great career and great earnings was through a four-year college degree. It is still accurate that a four-year degree increases your chances of having a great career, but it is not the only way. The Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce, located at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., has research that shows many high wage jobs of the present and future will require some training after high school such as a certificate, certifications, licenses, college coursework, up to an Associates’ degree, but less than a four-year degree. Regardless of the direction a student and their parents choose, all BWRSD students must meet or exceed our graduation requirements to provide them with the greatest opportunity for success.
Here is a link to a report that explains the three pathways students can take to achieve a great career with great earnings https://cew.georgetown.edu/cew-reports/3pathways/.
A discussion about how to better prepare our students for their future will be held on November 5th at MHHS and November 6th at KMS. Both presentations will be the same and held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. RSVP by clicking on one of the dates: November 5th at MHHS or November 6th at KMS.
Jonathan T. Brice, Ed.D.
Interim Superintendent of Schools
Bristol Warren Regional School District