What is it to learn something? When an adult looks back upon what it was like to be a student, they remember that learning—this thing we’re asking students to do all day, every day—is a really big ask. Real and meaningful learning happens in those moments when we feel the productive discomfort of changing how we understand the world.
If we’re going to challenge students to engage in such meaningful learning every day, in every aspect of their lives, we must be sure that they are learning well. The things we teach need to be alive; our students must be able to use what they learn in new situations, unprompted, to solve problems and make sense of the world years down the road. And, as the world shifts around all of us, we need to be sure our students are prepared to navigate that changing landscape with confidence, thoughtfulness, and nimbleness.
To think about learning and what we teach even more deliberately than we already do, Drew is engaging in a curricular review. Drew is partnering with the experts at Understanding by Design (UBD), global leaders in school innovation, to guide us through this process.
At Drew, we believe in our students—both who they are now and who they wish to become. Thus, we believe that the things we teach them must have meaning and purpose in their lives as they grow. We are proud of the work we do at Drew, and we’re excited to build on our long history of meeting students where they are and coaching them along to their next best selves.
Please read below for the timeline of this work in addition to an exploration of the many nuances of Drew's curricular review.