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Thursday event highlights innovation in Portola Valley schools

Teachers from Ormondale and Corte Madera schools in Portola Valley will present overviews on innovative approaches to learning introduced into classrooms this school year in a program on Thursday, May 15, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

The program, "Spotlights on Innovation," will take place in the multi-use room at Ormondale School at 200 Shawnee Pass.

The Portola Valley School District has been exploring ways to ensure that students are engaged in learning by developing innovative classroom projects.

Projects that will be spotlighted during the Thursday event include a project-based learning program for second-graders, in which they investigate the effect of local watershed erosion on the community; a weekly "Genius Hour" program for fifth-graders "to foster creativity through passion-based learning"; and readers' and writers' workshops, according to the district.

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