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Empowered Learners: Beyond the Classroom Walls Thanks to Teacher Encouragement and Support

Empowered Learners: Beyond the Classroom Walls Thanks to Teacher Encouragement and Support


Teachers help foster a growth mindset in students, inspiring them to try new things and take on new challenges. The motivation to take skills above and beyond doesn’t stop at the classroom door or at the school gates.

Redwood City School District (RCSD) students, with support of their families and teachers, are demonstrating a love of learning and a passion for excellence in numerous contests and activities outside of the regular school day.

Mandarin Immersion Program:
Orion Alternative and Kennedy Mandarin Immersion Program students recently took part in the 48th CLTAC Mandarin Speech Contest, reflecting their hardwork and dedication. The event, hosted by Chinese Language Teacher Association of California (CLTAC), brings together students from across the state of California who are ready to display their speech skills.

Students from Orion Alternative School and Kennedy Middle School prepared and practiced speeches to be presented in Mandarin, competing with more than 300 peers from private, charter, and public schools across the Bay Area.

Kennedy Mandarin Immersion Students and their Teacher

Kennedy Middle School Mandarin Immersion Program students and Mandarin Immersion Teacher Liya Cao


North Star Academy:
North Star Academy students also engaged in a unique opportunity, the King’s International Development Association’s Youth Essay Contest. Students in grades 3 through 8 answered an essay prompt about how they would make the world a better place if they had the power to make changes.

The young writers crafted answers including what impacts they would make on the community, what challenges might be faced, and what changes could be made.

Participation in the essay contest, hosted by Stanford University student organization King’s International Development Association, highlights RCSD student dedication to rising to new challenges and a desire to make the world a better place.

North Star Academy 6th grader Ayden and English Language Arts Teacher Gwen Minor

North Star Academy 6th grader Ayden and English Language Arts Teacher Gwen Minor

RCSD students, staff, and teachers go over and above in the classroom and in the community, showcasing what it means to be an Empowered Learner by understanding different ways to gain knowledge and skills, and taking advantage of choices offered in order to actively manage their own learning.

King's International Development Association's Youth Essay Contest participants:

  • Sibel Yarnall, Grade 4

  • Ayden Yang, Grade 6

48th CLTAC Mandarin Speech Contest results:

Honorable Mention:

  • Ryan Seeberger, Grade 6

  • Vincent Hanrigou, Grade 4

  • Olivia Ruhl, Grade 4
     

3rd Place:

  • Tessa Lin, Grade 4

  • Sierra Fung, Grade 4

  • Adrian Chan, Grade 6
     

2nd Place:

  • Maple Dupree, Grade 4

  • Nia Seeberger, Grade 4
     

1st Place:

  • Ava Lam, Grade 3