Rio Lindo Adventist Academy has a strong tradition of creating an atmosphere of learning, both to students and teachers alike. In the past few years, Rio’s school improvement plan has emphasized the importance of collaborative learning and the sharing of ideas to strengthen one’s education.
This school year, teachers spent more time on professional development than any previous year. With the help of educational consultants provided by a grant from the Commonweal Foundation, teachers were able to learn about national standards, assessing students to make sure they understand class content, and what the Common Core is and how it factors into our education as a nation. Teachers spent an average of 25 hours per semester in professional development to discuss and practice exercises in measurable learning. Beyond this, teachers have independently spent additional hours developing two 2+3 lessons embracing core standards, literacy, formative assessment, then video taping themselves teaching a class. As part of this process, teachers are involved in self-review activities to continue to improve in their craft.
In addition to meeting with consultants, teachers meet bi-weekly to share ideas with each other about what is and isn’t working in the classroom. Teachers are able to share strategies about how individual students learn best.
Rio’s ultimate goal in teaching is to maximize every student’s potential, no matter the background; to make student thinkers and not mere reflectors of others’ opinions. This Seventh-day Adventist educational mission continues to drive Rio Lindo Adventist Academy’s vision and work.