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The Lincoln School Foundation urges Lincoln residents to vote for L3 or C at the Special Town Meeting on June 9th.

The LSF has a 30 year history of funding innovation at the Lincoln Schools.  In that time we have awarded more than 500 grants worth well over a million dollars.  Each grant provided resources not available in the school budget to allow teachers and administrators to do more within our schools.

The grants the LSF has awarded in the last 30 years have been funded in large part by thousands of donations from the residents of Lincoln.  A commitment to excellence in education and innovative practices is, as these individual donations demonstrate, a collective enterprise that is deeply embedded in the values of this community.

In this moment, on the cusp of a major school building project, Lincoln residents have the opportunity to demonstrate again that we value education.  Education has evolved in the last half century. The traditional model of self-contained classrooms, which was born from the single-room schoolhouses of a century ago and then adapted to provide a work force for factory labor, does not fully allow for the education that our students need for 21st century life.

Educational research shows that children of today, the adults of tomorrow, need to be collaborators, critical thinkers, and problem solvers.  The teachers and administrators at Lincoln School know this and practice this daily.

However, the teaching and learning at Lincoln School is constrained by the outdated structure.  Best practices in education insist on flexibility and small groups; arranging and rearranging students throughout the day to allow for project-based learning, differentiation, and meeting each student’s individual needs.  Isolated classrooms placed in a row hinder this work.

School building options L3 and C both offer a fundamental re-imagining of the interior spaces within Lincoln School.  “Hubs” offer extra flexible space to better allow for small groups, collaboration and effective differentiation. Additionally, the major investment of L3 or C gives us the opportunity during the upcoming design phase to specify features that further educational best practices, such as visually permeable walls and inviting, configurable furniture.

Lincoln has been on the forefront of conservation and environmentalism.  Lincoln has been on the forefront of progressive social values and thoughtful affordable housing.  And Lincoln can be on the forefront of transformative 21st century education.

The LSF endorses L3 and C design concepts as those that best support the district’s vision for education by providing an environment in which students and teachers can more fully engage with collaborative, deep, and authentic learning practices.  Space matters: it can catalyze, facilitate, and nurture innovation.

This is an opportunity for us to come together as a community around a shared value and a vision for the future of education.  On June 9th we hope you will join us in selecting an educationally transformative school building project, L3 or C.