The following guiding principles ground our work to empower students, nurture collaborative classrooms, build positive learner identities, and develop leadership to build systems that sustain deep learning. When applied collectively, the guiding principles promote equity throughout schools and districts to ensure every student receives the educational opportunity they need to become college, career, and community ready.
Classroom Culture: Teachers establish collaborative classroom cultures by developing norms that facilitate trust, mutual respect, accountability and peer-to-peer engagement. Students actively participate by giving and receiving feedback and value learning from one another in this supportive learning environment.
Student Identity: Refers to the ways in which students see themselves as learners with capacity to grow and expand their personal and academic identities over time. Teachers support students’ identity development by honoring the unique perspectives, interests, attributes, and cultural experiences of every student.
Student Agency: Students regularly attempt new tasks and use metacognitive and self-regulation skills that are foundational to developing agency. They direct and monitor their own learning to make choices about the next steps.
Formative Assessment: Refers to the daily process of inquiry that teachers and students do together to better understand the status of learning in the moment and how to move learning forward during lessons.
Formative Assessment: Learning about and acting on what students know in the moment
Classroom Culture: The interactions, values, and feel of a classroom
Student Identity: What students think and believe about themselves