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Pittsfield Middle High School Continues To Implement ‘Student-centered’ Approach

A few years ago, the classes that Ryan Marquis and Quinn Boyce were taking at Pittsfield Middle High School involved a lot of “book work” and less conversation or open-ended projects.

Teachers Jenny Wellington and Derek Hamilton did a lot of lecturing – as Hamilton described it, the “stand and deliver” model – and relied heavily on tests as a way to measure whether students were learning material. Students who acted out were punished with traditional detentions or suspensions, and any changes to school practices were left largely in the hands of administrators.

Today, students and officials said the portrait of life at Pittsfield looks much different.