R. Roger Rowe Principal Dr. Suzanne Roy played host to 13 principals and school directors from all over the country on Feb. 20. Representatives came from high schools in Detroit and Honolulu, an elementary school in Texas, a San Francisco charter school and a Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque, N.M.
The visitors were part of national advisory board of the Principals' Center at Harvard Graduate School of Education, of which Roy is a member.
On their three-day trip to San Diego they toured area schools, including Canyon Crest Academy, Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, SIA Tech in Imperial Beach and Rowe.
The principals saw how
Rowe students trade videos over the Internet with students in South Africa through their global literacy program. The school's recent Hearts for Healing project, that brought the students' cheerful and inspiring heart paintings to the walls of Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas, also impressed the principals.
"It's been a wonderful opportunity," Roy said. "With the site visits they can come see what's happening at the national level and look at the best practices."
The national advisory board meets three times a year to examine national trends. They meet twice in Cambridge and once off-site. This year's off-site meeting in San Diego was Roy's suggestion.
This is Roy's second year at Rowe after coming from Poway Unified.
She was asked to develop the tour and program and settled on the theme "partnerships to enhance education." Every school the educators visited featured some kind of partnership outside of the school that makes their curriculum better.
At Canyon Crest, it was their Envision program, which brings art professionals into the classroom.
At Rowe, it was the way the students connected with South African students, the hospital art show and the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, which Roy said "truly enhances the kids' learning here and the specialists we're able to provide."
Students from the Rowe student council also took principals for a spin around campus. Students Andrew Appleby and Noah Leung shared with their tour group about the new Tech 21 lab, the new gym floor and MARE week, a student favorite that teaches them all about the ocean environment.
"It's nice to see strong science being taught at the elementary level," Karen Daniels, from Boston, said.