Shorecrest Preparatory School Blog

Progressive Education in the Community and the Classroom

Posted by Dr. Jean Spencer-Carnes on Feb 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM

At Shorecrest, progressive education is not kept behind classroom doors, but something that is shared with the greater community. One could see a prime example on Saturday, January 27, as the School hosted the 3rd annual St. Pete STEAMfest. The outdoor, educational festival is centered on the study of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM). Over 1,000 students and families from all over the Tampa Bay Area experienced more than 40 exhibits and activities at the free admission event. There were robotics demonstrations, arts and crafts, design activities and engineering challenges. Local research and educational centers including Busch Gardens, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry), Great Explorations, iD Tech, and Mathnasium hosted exhibits.

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Topics: Preschool, Faculty Voices, Current Events, Elementary Education, Arts in Schools, traditions, st petersburg, STEAM, innovation in schools

Reflections on The NAIS People of Color Conference

Posted by Diego Duran-Medina on Jan 6, 2017 12:35:08 PM

At Shorecrest, we care very much about the safety of our students. This includes not only physical safety, but emotional and psychological safety, especially when it comes to allowing students to show up as their “full selves.” I also believe this should be a privilege afforded to staff and faculty. One of the ways that I am reminded of who I am is by reaching out to build community - whether it be with service partners, parents or other educators.

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Topics: Faculty Voices, Diversity and Inclusion, Professional Development

Character Education at School

Posted by Tom Dillow on Sep 7, 2016 7:00:00 AM

This past summer I read a thought-provoking article by Paul Barnwell in The Atlantic titled, “Students’ Broken Moral Compasses: The pressures of national academic standards have pushed character education out of the classroom.”  While Barnwell’s primary targets are public schools, where standardized testing and the Common Core have created less room for educating the whole child, there are still important takeaways for independent schools like Shorecrest. 

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Topics: Faculty Voices, Core Values

Embodying Core Values in an Election Year

Posted by Tom Dillow on Aug 19, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Remarks from Convocation 2016 -

Let me put forth an early disclaimer. This is not a political speech. I am not advocating for a particular candidate. When I was thinking about what I wanted to say to you as we begin this academic of year of such great promise, I was genuinely conflicted. On the one hand, the ugly political climate that we have all witnessed thus far, coupled with the concern that any comment I make about the presidential race could be construed as either supporting or denouncing one of the candidates, made me not want to touch this topic with a ten-foot pole.

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Topics: Inside Shorecrest, Faculty Voices

Building Bilingual Students in Middle School

Posted by Amy Brill on Apr 21, 2016 3:38:21 PM

Here is a joke for you. What do you call someone who speaks three languages? Trilingual. What do you call someone who speaks two languages? Bilingual. What do you call someone who speaks one language? American.

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Topics: Private School, Middle School, Student Travel, World Language, Faculty Voices