Seven Generations Charter School receives national recognition as an EIC Model School – 2012
Dr. Gerald Lieberman, director of the State Education and Environment Roundtable, proudly announced the organization’s recognition of Seven Generations Charter School, in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, as the newest member of its national network of EIC Model schools. While over 900 schools in 16 states have implemented portions of SEER’s nationally recognized curricular framework, Seven Generations is one of only five EIC Model Schools in the country, and the first school in Pennsylvania to have earned the EIC Model School designation.
In announcing this distinction, Dr. Lieberman stated that, “Since its opening in 2009, the founders, board members, staff, and parents at Seven Generations Charter School have worked tirelessly to establish an academically successful school using the EIC Model. As a result of all their hard work, the faculty, administration, and community members have achieved exceptional progress toward their ultimate goal of creating a school where students are receiving a high-quality, standards-based education grounded in understanding of, and commitment to, the environment. The success of Seven Generations instructional program is clearly demonstrated by the fact that their students are succeeding academically, contributing to their community, and have become active stewards of their environment.”
In a recent letter to East Penn School District’s superintendent Dr. Thomas Seidenberger, Dr. Patricia Vathis, Environment and Ecology Curriculum Advisor in the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Division of Standards and Curriculum, wrote, “This letter is long overdue in recognizing the accomplishments of Seven Generations Charter School, East Penn School District. I have been using Seven Generations as a shining example of the kind of educational program that addresses the environment and ecology mandated K-12 standards through an integrated model known nationally as EIC (Environment as an Integrating Context for Learning).”
Dr. Vathis continued, “I have been working with Seven Generations staff on professional development and lesson plan development, and as a curriculum specialist I understand the depth to which this charter went to make sure their curriculum aligned to both the standards and state assessments. I commend them on their fine work. As I travel around the Commonwealth and have other schools looking for exemplary models that do curriculum as well as hands-on outdoor experiences, I cite Seven Generations as one of those diamond programs that should be emulated. I congratulate all of you for setting the bar so high.”
“Everybody associated with Seven Generations Charter School – students, teachers, parents, and board members – is honored to be recognized by SEER for this accomplishment, and it comes from all of their great work,” said Mrs. Susan Pfeil, the school’s Academic Director. “Over the past three years we have seen our students become more and more successful in their learning. Whether in the building, on our campus, or out in the community, our students are learning the academic content required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the same time as they are learning about the local environment. We will continue to incorporate EIC Model best practices at Seven Generations and look forward to many more exciting, challenging, and rewarding years as an EIC Model school.”
The success of Seven Generations Charter School was recognized at an event on May 16th, 2012, during a special all-school assembly at the school. Representatives of SEER presented the students, staff, and school community with an official banner in recognition of their EIC Model School designation.
SEER (www.seer.org) was founded as a cooperative endeavor of 16 state departments of education. SEER works to enhance student achievement, improve K-12 instructional practices and help schools achieve their improvement goals by implementing the EIC Model™. The EIC Model™ interconnects “best practices” in education into an instructional tapestry that improves student achievement by using local natural and community surroundings as a context for learning.