Grant Lichtman is an educator, author, researcher, and consultant who spent 89 days traveling around the United States to study innovation, excellence and relevance at schools.
Through his visits to over 60 of the national leading independent schools, he was looking to answer the question:
What does the future of K-12 education look like?
Here is what Lichtman wrote about the customized approach to learning at PDS:
We talk about revolutionary changes and evolutionary changes and sometimes those terms take on the meaning of time: rapid vs tepid. This is not the case in terms of PDS. The changes taking place in the learning environment here are not radically fast; they have been building over a period of years. But what I saw yesterday, while not completely unique, appears to me to be a supremely welcome example of a revolution in American education.
After a second day of touring PDS, Lichtman continued with observations on the Building Boys, Making Men character education program, and more:
My second full day at Presbyterian Day School in Memphis was just as eventful as the first; this mid-sized elementary school continued to surprised me with an array of truly leading edge programs in character education, global awareness, health and fitness, tailored learning in reading, curriculum development, an exceptional virtual social studies program, and more.
PDS is a school that seems to have achieved steady state of comfort with constant change that marks successful innovation. Grant Lichtman
On his third day, Lichtman visited the Early Childhood program, along with a return visit to the Learning Studio:
I spent most of my third day at Presbyterian Day School in the early childhood wing, with a reading group that could be a model for any grade level and the technology group. I also revisited the Learning Studio, the heart of what appears to be a revolutionary method of differentiated learning.