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BIG IDEAS

Big Ideas!

AGENCY

Students

  • Have input on learning time and place,  classroom routines, and restorative conversations

  • Are empowered to make choices in topics, texts, and process to take a meaningful leap in learning

  • Own cognitive load and have time to read, write, talk, and apply concepts in authentic ways and with the community

  • Have meaningful input in school decisions and culture

  • Feel trusted to make decisions about their learning and being

  • Know where to go for support with self awareness,  self management, relationship skills, social awareness and decision making skills 

  • Advocate for their needs in the areas of with self awareness,  self management, relationship skills, social awareness and decision making skills

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Educators

  • Are empowered to make instructional and operational choices based on local students’ needs including resources, budget, finances, use of time, hiring, and learning to make innovation grow

  • Are engaged in high quality professional learning and expected  to innovate professional practice

  • Are empowered to make choices in topics, texts, and process that launch innovation  in practice that improves student experience

  • Experience distributed leadership and authentic opportunities to lead for student agency, equity, and innovation.

  • Feel trusted to make decisions by community

EQUITY

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Students

  • Feel known, seen, and heard  as learner and person 

  • Co-create and have clarity on community expectations that promote learning and belonging

  • Reflect on personal actions to build a culture of belonging 

  • Experience strong partnership with teacher for learning

  • Experience challenging, engaging and power promoting learning

  • Learn in a environment that is safe to ask questions and take risks

  • Name and reflect on the learning process

  • Experience learning that is relevant to (student) life and culture and that gives windows into other cultures

  • Experience units of study that have authentic opportunities and tasks to promote social justice in the community

Educators

  • Feel known, seen, and heard  as learner and person 

  • Engage in conversations and self-reflection that examine equity data across race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, reiligion, ability, and language

  • Act to ensure equity, inclusion and belonging for each child 

  • Experience strong partnership with leaders for learning

  • Experience challenging and engaging learning

  • Work and learn in a environment that is safe to ask questions and take risks

  • Build agency in culturally responsive practice in areas of personal awareness, accessing information, and creating a community of learners. 

  • Engage in affinity groups with colleagues

Innovation

Students

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  • Provided space and time to think, create, try things differently  to show you are learning and growing

  • Understand and use design thinking and other critical thinking routines 

  • Benefit from teacher understanding of  best practice in learning, agency, equity, and innovation

  • Create and make products similar work of readers, writers, scientists, mathematicians, artists, citizens, and social justice champions

  • Experience culture that promotes peer encouragement and accountability to take huge leaps in learning

Educators

  • Provided space and time  to think, create, try things differently

  • Encouraged to make school look different for children in the areas of time, tasks, assessment, collaboration, and culture

  • Adjust practice using design cycles 

  • Experience Learning Laboratory experiences to learn and see innovative practices in the Zone

  • Experience motivating peer collaboration, feedback, and opportunity for revision

  • Work in a  culture that understands that planning time is critical for innovation

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