Glossary Terms Archive - Colorado Skies Academy

Archives: Glossary Terms

  • Character Lab®

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  • Student Spaceflight Experiment Program

  • SSEP

    Student Spaceflight Experiment Program

  • Voice & Choice

  • Theory of Knowledge

  • TOK

    see Theory of Knowledge


    Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math

  • Socratic Seminar

    a formal discussion, based on a text, in which the leader asks open-ended questions. Within the context of the discussion, learners listen closely to the comments of others, thinking critically for themselves, and articulate their own thoughts and their responses to the thoughts of others.

  • Showcase of Learning Presentation

    Usually at the end of the school year. A reflective presentation by the learners about their school year, their challenges, successes, obstacles and growth. Learner showcases are a key experience that allows learners to be acknowledged by their community, allows the community to witness the achievements of the learners, and ensures that we are building a community of accountability.

  • Service Learning

  • School Director

    Leader of the school, very much like a principal at a traditional school.

  • Rubric

    We measure the PBL process through a rubric for Academic Rigor and Social Emotional Learning. The Academic Rigor rubrics include the iLEAD core aspects: intentional, leadership, entrepreneurial, arts and design. The SEL rubrics were developed based on SEL approaches and aspects we strongly value, the 7 Habits for Successful Learners and Character Lab aspects.

  • Reports of Progress

    Record of academic progress and social emotional growth sent home to families twice a year.

  • ROP

    see Reports of Progress

  • Pedagogy

    The method and practice of best practices in teaching.

  • Parent University

    Families are integral partners in a successful learning process. Because we embrace being a unique learning model, Project-Based Learning (PBL), we want our families to understand the Why, What, and How of our learning model. We strive for you, our families, to become active participants alongside your children and your school community. Parent University is a series of FREE workshops offered to our families so that they may grow and learn alongside their learners.

  • MAP Assessment

    Measures of Academic Progress

  • Love & Logic

    See Discipline Philosophy

  • Growth Mindset

  • Individualized Educational Plan

    The federal law, Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), requires that school create an IEP for every learner receiving special education services. The IEP, a binding document, is meant to address each learner’s unique learning issues and include specific educational goals. Before an IEP is written for a learner with a disability, a doctor, facilitator, family, and student support must determine whether the learner qualifies for special education services.

  • Grit

    Angela Duckworth has done extensive research.  She says, Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term goals.  One way to think about grit is to consider what grit isn’t.  Grit isn’t talent. Grit isn’t luck. Grit isn’t how intensely, for the moment, you want something.  Instead, grit is about having what some researchers call an”ultimate concern”–a goal you care about so much that it organizes and gives meaning to almost everything you do. And grit is holding steadfast to that goal. Even when you fall down. Even when you screw up. Even when progress toward that goal is halting or slow.  Talent and luck matter to success. But talent and luck are no guarantee of grit. How Much Grit Do You Have  Quiz?

  • Formative Assessment

    The goal of a formative assessment is to monitor learners’ progress to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by facilitators to continuously reevaluate the individual needs of learners. Help learners identify their strengths and weaknesses. Examples include learner check-ins, peer edits …..

  • Flipped Classroom

    Form of blended learning where instruction is delivered via online video lectures outside of class and then learners return to school to complete the homework.

  • Facilitator

    What we call our teachers

  • ELA

    English/Language Arts

  • Driving Question

    It is both the foundation and the blueprint that guides a learner through a project. The driving question captures and communicates the project, focuses on inquiry, and creates an interest while challenging the learner. Driving questions should are open ended, provocative, and relate to real world dilemmas.

  • Differentiation

    A facilitator’s response to a learner’s needs. Facilitators can differentiate through content, process, product, affect, and learning environment according to the learner’s interest, readiness, and learner profile.

  • Design Thinking

    A connection and process between creativity and innovation that requires meaningful solutions in the classroom. Thinking draws upon logic, imagination, intuition, and systemic reasoning, to explore possibilities of what could be and to create a desired outcome.

  • Deeper Learning

    Allows a learner to take something learned and apply it to another area.  Use knowledge to be useful in new situations.
    There are 3 domains of competence:

    •      Cognitive (reasoning and problem solving)
    •      Interpersonal (expressing ideas and collaboration)
    •      Intrapersonal (self management and self directedness)

  • Daily 5

    Word Work:


    Read to Self:  Foundation for creating independent readers and writers

    Buddy Reading:

    Listen to Reading:

  • Common Core State Standards

    The standards were drafted by experts and teachers from across the country and are designed to ensure learners are prepared for today’s entry-level college courses, and workforce training programs.  They focus on developing critical thinking, problem solving and analytical skills learners will need to be successful.

  • Charter Petition

    Document approved by authorizing district

  • BIE (Buck Institute)

    A research facility that creates, gathers, and shares high quality project based learning instructional practices and products and provides services to teachers, schools, and districts.  Offers professional development on how to design, assess, and manage projects that engage and motivate learners.

  • Beautiful Work

    Resource:  Ron Berger, An Ethic of Excellence Building a Culture of Craftsmanship with Students

    Embracing the process of creating multiple drafts and seeing failure as an opportunity to improve in order to create a piece of beautiful work.

  • Authentic Assessment

    Authentic assessment refers to assessment that resembles real world tasks.  For example, learners doing work real scientists would perform.

  • Advisory/Advisor

    Research shows that when learners feel connected to their school, they do better academically. One of the ways we achieve this with Middle and Upper School learners is through our advisory program. In small group settings, we explore the causes and effects of cultural, personal, and community events. Our primary learners participate in daily morning and/or ‘family’ (classroom) meetings that provide an opportunity to witness and display social problem solving skills and interactions. These meetings provide learners with the forum to develop social and emotional skills needed to thrive in a collaborative environment.

  • ACT Test

    a nationally administered, standardized test offered various times during the year that helps colleges evaluate candidates.

  • 21st Century Skills

    Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Innovation, Global Awareness, Media Fluency, Analytical Skills, Entrepreneurialism, Curiosity, Effective Speaking, Information Literacy, Leadership, Self-direction, Adaptability

  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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  • 504 Plan

    A plan developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives accommodations that will ensure their academic success and access to the learning environment.

  • Charter School

    Charter schools are FREE Public Schools overseen by the local school district or county but are free to govern themselves and create their own educational program. Charter schools are public schools operated independently of the local school board, often with a curriculum and educational philosophy different from the other schools in the system. They are tuition-free, non-religious, and are mandated to teach all. Charter schools create new professional opportunities for teachers, provide parents and pupils expanded choices in the types of educational opportunities available through the public school system, and encourage the use of different and state-of-the-art teaching methods.

  • Learner

    What we call our students.

  • iLEAD

    International, Leadership, Entrepreneurial Development, Arts, Design Thinking

  • NWEA

  • MAP

  • Social-Emotional Learning

  • Showcase of Learning

  • Project Based Learning

    Learn more here

  • Learner Led Conference

    This conference, usually in the Spring, is an opportunity for learners to present their academic and social /emotional progress from the beginning of the school year. This is NOT a Parent/Teacher conference.

  • Presentation of Learning

    Learn more here

  • Individual Learning Plan (ILP)

    Each year, learners along with their facilitator(s) create an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) to guide instruction. Each learner, along with his/her family and facilitator, work together to monitor the ILP and make adjustments, as needed. The primary goal of the ILP is to ensure that each child will be treated as an individual and therefore will be working toward attainable goals appropriate to his/her individual development.

  • IEP

    see Individual Education Plan

  • SEL

    Social-Emotional Learning

  • SLC

    see Showcase of Learning

  • PBL

    see Project Based Learning

  • LLC

    Learner Led Conference

  • POL

    see Presentation of Learning

  • ILP

    see Individual Learning Plan

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