Students learn best in a context where they feel valued for who they are and have teachers who believe in them. You can be assured that your student will feel welcomed at our schools and have teachers that show they believe he or she can and will learn at high levels.
Deep learning is impossible if students are asked to sit still and listen all day. In our schools, students are expected to think, ask questions, research answers, and engage with their peers in high level conversations.
Learning doesn’t follow the same pathway for all students. Our schools all include What I Need (WIN) time, where students can get extra help or follow an interest to go deeper, ensuring all students can get what they need.
Some districts are willing to jump on every fad that comes along in education; we are committed to putting our energy to what has been shown to be successful. As an example, we have followed the Science of Reading approach for years before the state made it mandatory.
We are never satisfied with our current practice. Teachers meet regularly to review student work and adjust their instructional practice, and throughout the year new learning is presented so we can keep growing as professionals.
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.
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.
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.
Students have the freedom to design the way they showcase their learning based on individual styles, experiences, passions, and needs. Respected as capable co-designers, learner agency is cultivated throughout all learning experiences. As learners become increasingly self-aware they grow into their own best advocates: showcasing their learning based on their individual styles, experiences, passions, needs, and knowing “what’s next” for their ongoing development. Learners take great pride in their successes, learn to recover and adjust from occasional setbacks, and ultimately find meaning and value in their work within the context of school and throughout their lives. Treated as co-designers, students take greater pride in their success and ultimately find meaning in their work.
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.