Transformational Education Strategies

Differentiated, data-driven instruction

  • Direct instruction
  • Small group instruction
  • Technology integration
  • Team teaching
  • Guided and independent reading
  • Individualized instruction
  • Peer support
  • Project-based learning
  • Computer-assisted instruction
  • Stations and centers
  • Hands-on activities

Embedded professional development

  • Whole school trainings once a week
  • Leadership team, grade group, and content area meetings each week
  • Master teachers mentoring/coaching classroom teachers
  • Field testing of instructional strategies
  • Rubrics provide a common language and unified culture of growth
  • Announced and unannounced classroom observations
  • Longitudinal data on teacher performance from consistent walkthroughs
  • Responsibility surveys provide cyclical system of accountability
  • Data always drives professional development

Supports for special student populations

  • Special education students English Language Learners (ELL)
  • Behaviorally-challenged youth
  • Over-age, under-credited students
  • Students below and above grade level
  • Mentally Gifted (MG)

Learners Dual Language Options

  • Bilingual instruction
  • English Language Learner (ELL) supports
  • Spanish as a Second Language
  • Other world languages as electives

College-going / Career-preparation Culture

  • Student Excellence Center
  • TRIO Educational Talent Search, College Access, Upward Bound
  • Credit recovery
  • SAT tutoring
  • AP courses
  • Internships
  • Mentoring
  • Accelerated program for over-age, under-credited youth
  • Dual high school/college enrollment options
  • Advisory periods
  • Leadership development at all age levels
  • Leadership knowledge and skills integrated into daily instruction
  • Incentive program for leaders among their peers
  • In-school Leadership Training Institute
  • Afterschool leadership clubs
  • Annual leadership retreat
  • Civic action projects required in middle and high school
  • Extended day / out-of-school time (OST) / summer activities
  • Afterschool programs (grades K-12)
  • Afterschool clubs (grades K-12)
  • Afterschool tutoring (grades K-12)
  • Summer programs (grades K-8)
  • Afterschool athletics (PIAA) (grades 6-12)
  • Summer transition programs (incoming 9th and graduating 12th graders)
  • Afterschool credit recovery (grades 9-12)
  • Afterschool internships (grades 9-12)
  • In-school and afterschool mentoring (grades 9-12)
  • Summer work experiences (grades 9-12)
  • Adult capacity building / parent involvement opportunities
  • Parent Empowerment Program
  • Home and School Associations
  • Full-time, bilingual Parent and Community Liaisons
  • Parent/teacher conferences
  • School communications and events
  • 12-week courses in GED preparation and computer skills
  • Emphasis on health and nutrition
  • Healthy school meals produced in-house
  • No fried foods or high glucose corn syrup items
  • Fresh fruits and salad offered daily
  • Daily physical activity
  • Transforming gym classes into fitness centers
  • High-quality, safe learning environments
  • Freshly painted schools
  • Schools cleaned daily
  • New furniture and equipment
  • Technology purchases and upgrades
  • School uniforms
  • Core beliefs and norms
  • Transformation of the cafeterias and school food
  • Behavioral academies
  • Safety team members trained on restorative practices
  • Surveillance cameras
  • Student IDs
  • Staff participates in arrival and dismissal