We are a brick-and-mortar school that values the sense of community and common values that our physical structure permits. We want our students, however, to have an expansive worldview, so the internet and online learning serve to broaden our students' exposure and prepare them for a technological society.
We had adopted chromebooks and invested in the technical infrastructure prior to even considering BL, so these issues did not present themselves. The biggest challenge has been in moving veteran teachers in this direction. But even this has not been too difficult, especially as we do not demand it of our teachers; it is up to the individual teacher to introduce BL into the classroom or to offer to support online learning through coaching.
Foster a culture of growth for all members of the community, then include all stakeholders in decision-making regarding models to implement.
We have gone through a deliberative decision-making process that included a school-wide strategic plan and BL focus groups and interviews.
Siena Catholic Academy is a coeducational middle school located on East Avenue in Rochester, NY. With a student population of 210, the school is a principle feeder school to four Catholic high schools.
Siena Catholic Academy nurtures the faith and intellect of students in grades six through eight in the Greater Rochester area. Recognizing that every child is a gift from God, Siena provides academic, spiritual, emotional, and athletic programs that enhance students’ lives so that they might reach their full potential. It fosters growth in the theological and cardinal virtues and Christian and civic values. In doing so, Siena Catholic Academy transforms the lives of its students, its families, its community, and, ultimately, the world.
Contact: Martin Kilbridge
Contact Title: Principal
Siena Catholic Academy
2617 East Avenue
Rochester, New York