On October 28, 2016, Peabody School’s Superintendent/Principal Demian Barnett and 12 other administrators from around the nation met with US Department of Education Secretary John King and his staff to discuss the department’s Future Ready Schools effort. The Future Ready Schools initiative is focused on helping school districts to prepare students for academic, professional, and personal success.
Mr. Barnett was one of the superintendents chosen to the attend the Superintendent’s Briefing at the US Department of Education. “It was an honor to share with Mr. King the work that Peabody Charter is currently undertaking to ensure that all students are academically and personally ready for secondary school and beyond,” Mr. Barnett shared.
Last year, Peabody co-created a guiding document called the Learner Profile using input from all of the school’s stakeholders. This document outlines what the Peabody community feels are the essential skills and dispositions necessary for success in the 21st century. Peabody helps students prepare for their future with a diverse curriculum and includes a focus on hands-on, project based learning in the upper grades, and the purposeful development of attention and focus using mindfulness for all students.
Demian Barnett has been an educator for more than 25 years, serving as a teacher, school site administrator, district level administrator, university instructor, and most recently as superintendent/principal of Peabody Charter School, the 21st charter in California and the largest K-6 elementary school in Santa Barbara.
About Peabody Charter School: Peabody Elementary School has been serving the Santa Barbara community since 1927. A charter school since 1993, Peabody Charter School serves 750 students in grades K-6. Peabody Charter School’s mission statement is: “Peabody Charter School strives to be innovative in developing academic excellence and the full potential and well-being of each student.”