Founding Visionary of The Delta School
“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” ― Socrates
The good people of Wilson, Arkansas under the leadership of Gaylon Lawrence Jr. and The Lawrence Group, knew that rejuvenating the Delta started with education. In 2014, Jenifer was presented with the unique opportunity to start a school from scratch, based on any model she felt was educationally appropriate. After ten years of working to implement strengths-based programs into already existing programs, she saw this as a lifetime opportunity to create a school program that truly engages student strengths on every level.
“I took the best of everything I knew about in education and knit it together to create a truly agile learning environment where intentional design informs every learning exchange and human interaction on campus.
I am excited to be educating students in rural, working-class United States, where students are less exposed to innovation, prone to greater economic stress and challenged by limited resources. And the results so far are rewarding. Students of all socio-economic levels combine their strengths to solve real world problems. They want to come to school. Love of learning is evident. In this environment, each student will discover their unique contribution to life and end up finding work they love.”
As the school grows to include a Lab High School to the campus, Jenifer is in the process of designing a unique project scheduling program called The Taproot which will allow students to move freely through project planning, meeting and culmination while being held accountable to standards. This scheduling tool will work with the unique design of the upper school buildings that will reflect the core project centered curriculum.
Additionally, this high school will implement a “Project Grid” invented by Fox. Rather than attending traditional subject based courses, students will complete projects whose mindsets are driven by a 4x4 project grid. The grid is tracked for learning progress and engagement through application of the Educational Genome, a 3-D personalized learning tool that assists students in choosing projects, fulfilling Carnegie units and completing necessary projects for graduation. Fox invented the Educational Genome as a way for students and others outside the program to visualize and track their personal program.
Jenifer’s love for innovation is evident in the school. She welcomes you to visit campus or contact her about the programs and tools.