Guiding Principles

These Guiding Principles are commitments developed by the Learning Design Committee to serve as the foundation for the Remote Learning Plan and Hybrid Learning Plan. 

Students are at the center of our Whole Child approach.  

We will… 

  • Acknowledge the unique learning strengths and needs our students possess and build systems of support from an equity-based lens. 
  • Have intentional partnerships with students and families. We will continue strengthening community and culture at the classroom and school level through relationships and maintaining connection. 
  • Provide opportunities for students to resource themselves, with open doors to learn about strategies for success, content, and personal passions or interests.  

Take a data-informed and result-driven approach that leverages multiple data points spanning feedback loops to student outcomes.  

Teachers are at the cornerstone for student learning and success. 

We will…. 

  • Establish structures intended to set teachers up for success in helping students learn Priority Standards. This involves providing guidance to teachers on the development and delivery of engaging lessons that support student learning. Teachers will maintain professional autonomy to customize learning experiences to support students, in alignment with expectations that are communicated. 

  • Support educators with designing authentic and relevant learning experiences to help students strive for mastery of Priority Standards based on the passion, readiness levels, and interests of students. 

Equity and access for students, families, and educators is essential. 

We will…. 

  • Develop structures families can count on, which are inclusive for students, educators, and families. 

  • Be intentional with curricular content resources that are accessible and bias free and accessible for students. 

  • Establish structures that foster personalized learning and agency for students, families, and educators. 

  • Dismantle gatekeeping and exclusive practices that inhibit student access to and success in rigorous courses including policies and personnel.  

Collaboration and communication are key. 

We will…. 

  • Collaborate across our community to provide aligned learning opportunities for students, families, and educators. 
  • Leverage communication structures within the LMS to establish two-way communication structures with students, families, and educators that gives opportunities for feedback. 
  • Establish expectations and guidelines for effectively leveraging technology to communicate with families and each other.  

All students, families, and educators have the right to engage in high quality learning experiences. 

We will…. 

  • Create conditions in which students receive holistic content reflective of the community and authentic curriculum that does not value one dominate narrative over another. 

  • Leverage existing frameworks to ensure quality learning experiences. E.g., CEL 5D+ Instructional Framework, Elementary Literacy Framework, Secondary Literacy Framework, Pk-12 Mathematics Framework, Model for High Quality Professional Growth.  

  • Establish systems that promote competency-based learning for students and adults.  

Health and Safety are paramount for the Whole Child, Whole Educator, and Whole Community.  

We will…. 

  • Identify ways to recognize and showcase success for students, families, and educators.  

  • Communicate research-based supports and best practices for in-person and virtual spaces.  

Evolve our Whole Child Signature Practices, Social Emotional Learning supports, and related structures to include both face-to-face and remote learning environments.