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Mayor Sarno and Superintendent Warwick Celebrate Mary M. Walsh School being Recognized as World Leader in Project-Based Teaching and Learning

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Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Springfield Public Schools (SPS) Chief Communications Officer Azell Cavaan on behalf of Superintendent Daniel Warwick joined with Principal Vinnie Regan and the dedicated educators at Walsh School as PBL Works, a California-based organization focused on deepening student learning experiences, recognizes Mary M. Walsh Elementary School as its 2023 World School Champion, citing the school’s transformative approach to teaching and learning.

PBL, an acronym for project-based learning, uses real-world scenarios to help students gain knowledge and skills that increase across academic subjects. The method includes the use of complex questions or problems, critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and self-management.

Warwick referenced the district’s Strategic Plan for the next six years, and pointed out that increasing the level of project-based learning is a key component of that plan, which is also known as the Portrait of a Graduate.

“The Portrait of a Graduate represents the voice of the community, and one thing we heard loudly and clearly during our more than 200 community meetings, was that classroom learning needed to better connect with real-world relevance for students,” said Warwick. “PBL is exactly that, and we are very proud of Walsh School for emerging as a leader not only in our district for this kind of innovative teaching, but worldwide.”

Mayor Sarno states, “This is a tremendous recognition and acknowledgement for our Mary Walsh Elementary School and our Springfield Public Schools. Superintendent Warwick and I want to congratulate Principal Vinnie Regan and the dedicated team of educators for their efforts in enhancing and transforming the educational experience for our students. Our Portrait of a Graduate is a unique and collaborative effort that connected our classrooms with the community. Our Springfield Public Schools continue to be on the forefront of innovative programs and initiatives and for that I want to thank and acknowledge Superintendent Dan Warwick for his leadership and efforts on behalf of our students and their families.”

Walsh Principal Vinnie Regan credited the educators at Walsh School for their commitment and dedication to the PBL teaching model, adding that students have participated in more than 60 project-based learning assignments since 2020. This year, every student will complete three PBL projects, with a focus on science, social studies, and more.

“Without question, we’ve noticed greater enthusiasm and engagement around these projects with our students and that translates to deeper learning and also sparks creativity,” said Regan. “Our school is honored by the award, and we look forward to doing even more project-based learning moving forward.”

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