Innovative
​The Village: An Innovative, Personalized School Model

​Core Belief about Online Learning

Traditionally, online schools have been built around the philosophy that the power was the ability to work from anywhere.

 

We believe the power of online learning is the ability to personalize learning for individual students.

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Cultural Elements

  1. ​Health and Wellness of all community members

    • Students will create goals in the area of health and wellness with time dedicated to the accomplishment of these goals. Some examples could include the completion of a 5K, development of a vegetarian diet, completing a bike race, hiking a 14er, etc. 

  2. Leadership development

    • All students have the inherent ability to lead others; these skills need to be developed.  Students also need to learn how to operate when they are not in a defined leadership role.  We will work with students to refine these skills through development of a leadership profile and also will host leadership symposiums with outside speakers from education, business, athletics, etc. 

  3. Responsible Freedom

    • Students will be given as much freedom as they are able to handle. We will create a culture that allows students to gain increasing levels of freedom as they demonstrate they are responsible to handle it. The behavioral structure of the school would include student voice and the development of student centered norms

  4. Appreciation for the arts

    • The arts provide color to life. We want to develop students that have an appreciation for the visual and performing arts. Students would be exposed to live performances, museum trips, artist visits, etc. Students will be encouraged to seek out beauty in their daily lives.

Academic Elements

  1. Individual Learner Profiles

    • All students will have a learner profile that includes relevant academic data, career/interest inventories, learning style preferences, academic strengths, areas for growth, health goals, academic goals, leadership skills, personal accomplishments, etc. 

  2. Mastery (Competency) Learning/Flexible Pacing

    • Curriculum would be structured to allow students to take a personalized path through a course. The path would be developed based on pre-assessment information. These paths could include opportunities for intervention or enrichment based on student performance. Teachers would guide students through the course and provide support to help them with difficult concepts. 

  3. Problem/Project Based Learning

    • Students will be presented with a problem or question that they will explore in partnership with other students. Students will then research various aspects of the problem before collaboratively formulating a solution that somehow addresses the problem or a symptom of the problem. Students will then present their solution to relevant audiences in the community.

  4. Personal Inquiry/Passion Development

    • Students will engage in independent research projects based on personal interests. They will pursue the answer to a question they have formulated. They will do research, conduct interviews, and work with experts or mentors to seek answers and solutions. The hope is that this process will uncover further questions to pursue, areas of personal interest, potential career paths, etc. 

  5. Individual Reading Time

    • Students will have time set aside within the school day to read for pleasure. Literacy is arguably the most important skill for a student to learn. Literacy is often a foundational skill for college and career success. Students will have time to read for personal pleasure and to develop a love for reading. 

  6. Senior Capstone Projects

    • As a senior, each student will embark on a capstone project. This project is a culminating activity that demonstrates the knowledge and skills a student has gained over their time in the school. Students will work with a teacher-mentor who will serve as an advisor with them on the capstone project. 

  7. Internships

    • Students will have opportunities to explore mini-internships. We are building relationships in the local business community so that students are able to experience firsthand the kind of work that is done in different career paths in order to give them some background and experience to make decisions about higher education or career options.

Technology Integration

​Students will develop technology skills to find answers, research ideas, collaborate with others, communicate their learning, design creatively, and connect globally. The students will use technology tools on a daily basis. They will use it in personalized learning time, to create presentations, and for personal inquiry. Technology will not be a subject unto itself, but will simply be integrated into the way students learn content.