Amy, Principal at Parker-Varney Elementary School

Parker-Varney Elementary School in Manchester, New Hampshire, used to rank as one of the most struggling schools in the state — not anymore. After more than three years of deep innovation focused on project-based, personalized learning, Parker-Varney was recently one of five schools nationwide to win a school change and innovation award.

“The school has changed so much. We’ve become a learning culture both for the students and teachers —  we are all living the learning. I’m continually thrilled with both our staff and our kids abilities to take risks and challenge themselves. For our kids, specifically, they really have become the center of their own learning, and now that they are given so much choice and independence they are that much more engaged.”

See more of what learning looks like at Parker-Varney with this multimedia story.