The school has a developmental approach to the introduction of technology, with incremental layers of technology instruction and use increasing as students move through grade levels.
With the rapid growth in technology, Waverly is committed to preparing students by first developing their social and emotional skills. Before introducing technology in the classroom, students learn the value of human interaction, reflective thinking, creative input, and making mistakes through:
• Use of the Responsive Classroom approach, and evidence-based approach to teaching and learning. From preschool through 8th grade, students practice the skills of listening, responding, empathizing, and respecting peers and teachers.
• The wellness program, which begins in elementary school and continues through 12th grade and emphasizes social-emotional growth.
• Thematic discussions in each classroom that, starting in preschool, build student abilities to interpret and discuss important questions.
Waverly’s emphasis on communication and problem-solving supports students in responsible use of technology. In middle school, students learn how to use technology for classroom projects. They are taught to use computer access responsibly and build upon their skills in interpreting data.
The middle school has class sets of Chromebooks for use in research, communication, and writing. Use of personal electronic devices is discouraged except in cases where it is deemed necessary for a student. Teachers use PowerSchool Learning to share announcements and classwork with students and parents and guardians. The middle school teachers and administrators also make daily use of Google Suite to share documents, forms, and other information.