Often when I speak to parents, students and educators, I share one of my core beliefs: there is no ceiling on human potential. Though perhaps a bit overstated, as I fully realize my limited singing ability elicits monumental groans and sends animals scurrying for cover, it is true that often when we think an individual has reached his or her “potential,” we are astounded by a new accomplishment. As I look back on my first year as IMSA’s second president, I am humbled and amazed by IMSA’s truly unlimited potential for advancing the human condition and living into our aspiration to be the world’s leading teaching and learning laboratory for imagination and inquiry.
In this issue of IMSA360, there are many examples of IMSA’s truly unlimited potential. For the third consecutive year, IMSA made Newsweek magazine’s annual list of the top “Public Elites” in the country. Only 17 high schools in the nation were named to this list. Our cover story highlights IMSA’s new One-to-One Tablet Program and shows how technology is expanding the already extraordinary learning opportunities for our students. A companion story highlights how IMSA is taking the “bold path again” as the first secondary institution in the world to form a chapter for the One Laptop Per Child initiative (OLPC). You will learn how OLPC and our students are bringing the gift of education to children in the developing world through emerging technologies.
Excerpt: From the President
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