- 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
- 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.
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
- ACT Test
a nationally administered, standardized test offered various times during the year that helps colleges evaluate candidates.
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.
- Authentic Assessment
Authentic assessment refers to assessment that resembles real world tasks. For example, learners doing work real scientists would perform.
- 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.
- 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.
- Character Lab®
- Charter Petition
Document approved by authorizing district
- 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.
- 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.
- Daily 5
Read to Self: Foundation for creating independent readers and writers
Listen to Reading:
- 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)
- 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.
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.
- 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.
What we call our teachers
- 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.
- 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 …..
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?
- Growth Mindset
see Individual Education Plan
International, Leadership, Entrepreneurial Development, Arts, Design Thinking
see Individual Learning Plan
- 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.
- 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.
What we call our students.
- 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.
Learner Led Conference
- Love & Logic
- MAP Assessment
Measures of Academic Progress
- 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.
see Project Based Learning
The method and practice of best practices in teaching.
see Presentation of Learning
- Presentation of Learning
- Project Based Learning
- Reports of Progress
Record of academic progress and social emotional growth sent home to families twice a year.
see Reports of Progress
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.
- School Director
Leader of the school, very much like a principal at a traditional school.
- Service Learning
- Showcase of Learning
- 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.
see Showcase of Learning
- Social-Emotional Learning
- 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.
Student Spaceflight Experiment Program
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math
- Student Spaceflight Experiment Program
- Theory of Knowledge
see Theory of Knowledge
- Voice & Choice