Planting Seeds for Life-Long Learning: School Gardens

School gardens throughout the district are thriving, thanks to the dedication of students, families, school PTOs, staff, local businesses, and Carver County Master Gardeners. These gardens are a source of learning for students throughout the summer and...

What’s happening next year with Empower and standards-based learning?

A number of surveys and in-person meetings around standards-based learning have happened this school year (2017-18) with students, teachers and parents. A variety of work has been happening all year, and the result of it will be evident this coming fall. Next school...

Cartoneras – Chaska Middle School West Reads to La Academia

Immersion Learners at Chaska Middle School West created Cartoneras, which are books made of recycled materials, traditionally made in Latin America. They then shared these with students at their former school, La Academia.

Learn more about standards-based learning

Families in our district are becoming more familiar with personalized learning. We encourage you spend a few minutes on our standards-based learning webpage. We have created this site to help you understand how standards support personalized learning, and to provide...

What’s standards-based grading? Why does it matter?

If you’ve had a performance evaluation at work, the most valuable part of an evaluation is not a ranking or score. We want to hear what our supervisor says about how we’re doing our work: What we did well and what we could do to improve. It’s constructive feedback...
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1. Purposeful Learning

In the past, teachers stood in front of the class for each lesson, expecting all students to learn in the same way and at the same pace. This is becoming a thing of the past. Teachers in Eastern Carver County Schools not only lead instruction but also facilitate learning for each student. They teach by guiding students towards mastery of content and instilling 21st century skills. Students have access to a variety of resources and tools, and teachers connect student learning beyond the classroom.

2. Engagement with Learning Tools

With teachers as facilitators, students use a variety of educational tools and resources to maximize learning. While technology will never replace the role of the teacher, it will shape the future careers of our students. Our goal is to prepare students for success beyond high school, wherever their aspirations take them.

3. Collaborative Environment

Most living and working environments have changed dramatically over the last several decades. Design of spaces and their furnishings reflect purpose: how we live, how we work, and how we learn. We are redefining learning spaces with a variety of furniture, layouts and technology that facilitate collaboration, creativity, comfort, and safety. They also convey a sense of belonging and purpose. School should be a place where students feel welcomed and empowered to learn.

4. Learner Voice & Choice

Students have the freedom to design the way they showcase their learning based on individual styles, experiences, passions, and needs. Giving students a say in how they choose to solve problems and to demonstrate what they’ve learned helps them develop ownership of their work. Treated as co-designers, students take greater pride in their success and ultimately find meaning in their work.

5. Purposeful Instruction, Assessment & Feedback

Our standards-based approach to teaching and learning combined with our Empower learning management system, allows teachers, students and parents to monitor the continuum of learning to reach successful, personalized outcomes.

Learning is continuous in our schools. This means that students are not limited by their age or grade. They are able to work at the level that is right for them. Students are consistently challenged – never waiting for the next instructions from a teacher while the remainder of the class catches up. With teachers as facilitators, students effectively communicate their learning journey and progress. They then work with their teacher to determine their next steps for learning.

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