Steve Beals, Building Career Readiness by Giving Students Options

The Path to Higher Ed is a SchooLinks hosted podcast community that explores trending topics and issues in the area of college and career readiness. Our featured guests are pushing education forward by constantly learning from, innovating and applying their college and career readiness practices. Listen to gain their insights and apply them to your own college and career readiness practices.

Today, we’re speaking with Steve Beals, Principal of Alvirne High School in Hudson, New Hampshire. With 16 different college and career readiness programs, Alvirne High School students are exposed to a variety of different college and career paths. Recognizing that students need exposure to various options, including vocational training, Steve takes pride in ensuring that his students are given the resources to thrive in whatever college or career pathway they ultimately choose.

About Steve Beals

Steve Beals has been a high school principal for 17 years at 3 different schools. He has been principal of Alvirne for the past 5 years and graduated from Alvirne in 1985 along with his wife Regina. Steve and Regina live in Hudson along with their four kids: Ethan, Erin, Emma and Evan. Ethan and Erin have graduated from Alvirne while Emma will graduate in 2018 and Evan in 2021. Before assuming his role at Alvirne, Beals was the Principal at Laconia High School, where he developed impressive initiatives in student achievement, collaboration, and co-curricular activities.

About Alvirne High School

The Putney School is a progressive, secondary school for boarding and day students, situated on a 500-acre working dairy farm in southern Vermont. It is a co-educational, college-preparatory boarding school, with a day-student component, located 12 miles outside of Brattleboro, Vermont. The school prides itself on teaching to the whole individual, through discussion-based humanities classes, the scientific discovery method, extensive artistic opportunities, and a student-led work program.

Central to the Progressive Education tenets articulated by its founder Carmelita Hinton in 1935, is the vision that education is something to be actively pursued rather than passively received. As such, The school emphasizes academics, a work program, the arts, and physical activity. The school’s curriculum is intended to teach the value of labor, art, community, ethics, and scholarship for individual growth.

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