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Jerry  Erdahl

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 It is a great pleasure to welcome you to Glenburn School District #26's website. It is our mission to enable all students to become productive, successful citizens.   The Glenburn School Board of Education, administrators, teachers and staff are committed to each student's success. Our district utilizes valued standards for providing high quality, pupil-centered education. For us to continue with our success in working with the youth of our community, we encourage you to become an active participant in the learning process.    

Student achievement is a leading priority for our district. The challenge of meeting the needs of each and every student is a challenge worth the fight. We have a highly skilled staff that is fully dedicated to the success of your children. As well, we continue to provide strong professional development opportunities for continued growth and are committed to combining the use of data and our educational experience to drive our instructional decisions. It is the combination of this commitment and the collaboration with our community that will give us the best results for our children, our future. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at 362-7426.

Educational Philosophy

 I believe that it is a school's top priority is to provide an opportunity for all students to acquire a quality education that is second to none in a safe, nurturing, and productive environment. It is also imperative that school administrators provide the necessary tools and resources for teachers so they can excel in the classroom to foster increased levels of mastery for improved student learning.

I believe that students require an educational paradigm that is based on extensive research and sound learning theories. Thinking about our future in education has led me to draw general conclusions about school, and particular conclusions about teaching and learning; that are very much in consonance with these new learning standards. As an administrator, I will work collaboratively with all stakeholders of the community to create schools that effectively meet the needs of students in the twenty-first century.

All schools should be child centered, providing opportunities for student inquiry within the framework of a clearly articulated, developmentally appropriate, K-12 curriculum. Classrooms and schools should be models of democracy where children are given the foundation for life in a democratic society. Students need to learn that each of us has a responsibility to contribute to the common good. Students should be connected to us, to each other, and to the world around them. They should be given the skills and knowledge that will assist them to compete successfully in the world of work.

 Powerful learning comes from both the development of a deep understanding of concepts and from acquiring the tools necessary for critical thinking, inquiry, and life-long learning. By providing students with cognitive experiences and opportunities for constructing meaning, youngsters develop a desire to make sense of their world. Computer technology is an essential tool for learning, research, and presentation. It enables children to develop important questions, gather information related to those questions, simulate possible solutions, and present those solutions as finished products in all curriculum areas. It provides them with opportunities to engage in electronic research all over the world, thereby literally opening up the whole world as their learning domain.

My educational philosophy is rooted in traditional, rural values. Education is empowerment. Ethical behavior has always been a critical and basic ingredient of education. To be successful now and in the future, students must value honesty, integrity, and effort. All students need mathematical logic, reasoning, and the skills of communication. Students must have the opportunity to see connections and relationships across the disciplines. Parental support and involvement are vital to a student's education. The community will need to make education a priority. A philosophy of shared decision-making allows all stakeholders to be accountable for ensuring that all students perform at the highest possible level. Communication of our goals is critical for future educational success.