Learner Developed Strategies

  • 1. Develop self-directed and emotionally competent learners with critical and creative thinking, agency and skills to succeed in the 21st century.

    We are continually updating our inquiry-based curriculum to include more 21st century content, skills, and opportunities for students to apply what they are learning to real-world challenges � especially in STEAM areas. Through this strategy, students will take risks, embrace ambiguity, envision complex projects to solve problems, learn from failure, develop confidence, build community, and have collaboration and conflict resolution skills.

    In addition to core curricula, we are integrating Makerspace, interdisciplinary project-based learning, and Personalized Learning Plans (PLP).

    2. Accelerate student growth using multiple blended learning models.

    Teachers leverage technology to provide accessible, differentiated instruction to meet the needs of diverse students, increase efficient use of teacher-student time, and strengthen academic achievement across the school.

    All classrooms use core instructional software including ST Math, Lexia, and myON, blending strong teacher-led small group instruction at the Common Core level of rigor along with online learning that is truly self-paced.

    3. Implement competency-based instruction.

    Using the Common Core standards, RHS is developing a learning progression for each topic so that children are able to show proficiency of each learning goal before progressing � thereby preventing students from falling behind.

    Data are visible in classrooms and the school, helping students to be clear on their learning pathway and progress. We are currently exploring a Learning Management System to enable this complex type of learning to be successful.

    4. Create Identity-Safe Classrooms that integrate personalized education, social-emotional learning, and the equity-focused framework of identity safety.

    RHS is implementing a pilot program to strengthen teachers' use of child-centered teaching to cultivate diversity, facilitate positive student relationships, and establish orderly, purposeful classrooms to increase equity and improve academic achievement.

    Through an intensive program of professional development, classroom activities, and family education and engagement, we will have increased cultural competence and all students will know that their social identities are an asset rather than a barrier to success.