Designing Pathways Initiatives

  • The following initiatives were part of a process that began in January 2016 with many opportunities for community involvement. This work aligns with the strategic plan and Boards Ends Policies and continues our vision for the future.

  • Personalized Learning

    Continue to work toward the Strategic Plan goals of personalized learning through expanding blended, hybrid, online and project based learning:

    • Utilize a blended learning model that is developmentally age and content appropriate
    • PreK-12 scaffolding with the use of interdisciplinary project based learning in teacher designed courses
    • Embed technology as appropriate to connect learning across subject areas
    • Strategically use technology to achieve the mission and develop 21st century skills and engaged citizens
    • Ensure all programming is grounded in standards and the use of innovative practices to recognize students' multiple learning styles and areas of interest
    • Continue to look at options throughout students' PreK-12 experience to personalize the education environment
    • All schools offer “choice” programming based on state and national academic standards while providing opportunities to develop innovative practices, recognizing students’ multiple learning styles and areas of interests.
  • High School Schedule 

    Provide the option for high school students to take classes outside of the traditional school day or during summer term which:

    • Offers more choice in terms of time and place to meet needs of each child.
    • Allows for exploration of online academic opportunities.
    • Develops blended learning models utilizing hybrid and online coursework.
  • Capstone Projects

    High school students are given the opportunity to complete an individual or collaborative interdisciplinary Capstone Project.
    • Capstone projects are student-created authentic work that demonstrate a wide range of skills and knowledge while providing some useful outcome to a community.
    • They are not a graduation requirement.
    • They support School Board Ends Policies and Strategic Plan to ensure students have access to an education that exceeds the minimum standards, prepares them for college and career, demonstrates a contribution to community as a citizen and is personalized.
  • Middle School Schedule

    Continue to explore flexible block scheduling for grades 6 through 8 which:

    • Provides for exploration of interests to show student learning through multiple means and deeper learning and engagement through project-based activities.
    • Could look similar to the block schedule at the high school where students are provided more course options.
     
  • Middle School Teams

    If a 6-8 grade configuration moves forward, middle school students will be organized into teams which:

    • Maintains small learning communities; supports a small school feel in a large building.
    • Helps students feel more connected to teachers, learning and the school community.