In our mission statement is our long-held adage, “learning differently demands teaching differently”. This guiding principle has always referred to the individual genius of our students, their diverse learning, and our faculty’s ability to meet every student’s unique needs. However, there is perhaps no greater time than now when our collective flexibility, creativity, and partnership is paramount to our success and students’ growth.
On March 11th Eagle Hill made the difficult but proactive decision to close campus and have students return home in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Consequently, on March 16th we began delivering our curriculum online through distance learning. The dedication to the individual has not wavered in this transition, thanks to the ingenuity and resilience of the entire community.
We could not be more proud of the efforts of our faculty and our students. That the desire to preserve the excellence of the Eagle Hill experience, even in these circumstances, is truly shared between them is testament to how strong the bonds are at this school, as well as the earnest desire to learn and succeed.
While not devoid of the occasional technical difficulty or home-based interruption, the lessons and instruction are moving along productively and attentively. Faculty are utilizing group video chats (hangouts), individual instruction, and other means to conduct classes, labs, extra help, and more. They are not trying to approximate the quality of instruction prior to this interruption—they are striving to duplicate it. Reports from both students and faculty have been overwhelmingly positive. Above all else, the sincere emotional lift that our faculty and students enjoy from each other’s (virtual) company has been moving.
We are, after all, Pioneers. It should be no surprise that when encountering this new challenge, we boldly move forward. At Eagle Hill, we know a thing or two about overcoming obstacles, adapting, and thriving.