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New Henderson-Hopkins School in East Baltimore opens its doors

National model K-8 school for personalized learning moves to new facility
Posted January 13, 2014
Students begin their day in the new Henderson-Hopkins school, which officially opened on January 2. IMAGE: Will Kirk/Homewoodphoto.jhu.edu Students begin their day in the new Henderson-Hopkins school, which officially opened on January 2. IMAGE: Will Kirk/Homewoodphoto.jhu.edu

Last week, teachers welcomed students to the new Henderson-Hopkins campus, a unique learning environment where a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary approach to personalized learning is being implemented. 

Henderson-Hopkins—whose formal name is Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School—will serve as a demonstration school of sorts where innovative technologies, instruction, and curricula developed by Johns Hopkins researchers, in partnership with Morgan State University’s School of Education and Urban Studies, are used to create an environment of contiguous learning. School of Education students will work there closely with teachers and children, bringing back to university classrooms what they've learned in the field.

"This school will change the way we think about training teachers for the future," says David Andrews, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Education. "What we learn there will come back into our higher education programs that change the way we train teachers to work in these types of educational settings."

The Henderson-Hopkins school has strong ties to two signature initiatives in the $4.5 billion Rising to the Challenge: the Campaign for Johns Hopkins.  The personalized learning model is a key component of the Science of Learning Institute.  Henderson-Hopkins is the first Johns Hopkins assisted community-school partnership to include the cross-disciplinary, holistic approach to education and economic development that is at the heart of the Institute for the American City.