Framework for Learning
Advisory is the place where relationships between students and advisors are developed and manifested. During advisory, students are grouped with an adviser. As a cohort, the students are guided through their four-year high school experience. In advisory, students work with their cohort on meaningful projects, discussions, activities, and team building. The students are guided daily toward badges and awards until they eventually complete the Uplifting Education of Heart Certificate.
Personalization allows students to work at their own pace to complete various tasks related to skill building, interest exploration, badges, and the advisory assignments. Independent study is monitored by advisors who ensure that students are making steady progress. Advisors are available for 1 on 1 assistance with guidance and support.
The Four Cs of 21st Century Learning
The Four Cs, which are Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity, are developed in our project-based learning. Our advisory guides students as they to prepare to thrive in their future plans.
Communication is about sharing thoughts, questions, ideas and solutions effectively. Collaboration is about working together for a common goal and is a major advantage in life. Critical Thinking is looking at things in new ways and problem solving. Creativity is trying new approaches to be able to get things done and it incorporates the skills of innovation and invention.
Communication and collaboration promote confidence. Critical thinking skills increase motivation. Creativity provides a healthy emotional outlet.
The projects each year encouraged by the advisory help build skills such as: planning, organizing, motivating, coordinating, evaluating, and strategizing.
Playlists & Projects
Playlists and project explorations are the foundation of the personalized learning students engage in. They give students a step-by-step roadmap to successfully complete their badges. Rigorous and relevant work is crafted through projects and lessons helping the students academically and professionally.
Students compile an extensive portfolio collecting evidence of their strengths, skills, and experiences. These are driven by the their goals and students create highlights in their portfolios with steps they have taken toward their goals. The portfolio showcases the badges and awards they have earned.
In addition to multiple choice tests and exams, each student defends his/her work through project presentations and open ended assessment responses. Students are able to submit their assessments and journal entries either in writing, voice recording, or video.
The Strengths Assessment shows off the student's strengths and interests. The Multiple Intelligences Development Assessment lets them see where their strengths are in 8 different categories of intelligence! The 16 Habits of Mind assessment highlights their top mental, physical, emotional and social habits. The Interest Profiler can help students zero in on their interests and better understand how those might best connect to the world of work.
Life Goals Approach
The “Life Goals Approach” can help chart a clear course with purpose in our life. The first life goal is to elevate our personal strengths, skills, and maturity. It’s finding our inner harmony. The second life goal is developing loving and enriching relationships, especially in the context of our family. The third life goal is to enhance the lives of others through our unique contributions.
The “Life Goals Approach” pursues and achieves objectives that point the way to valuable and productive lives. Achieving these life goals provides great personal satisfaction as it enriches the lives of others as well.
Social and Emotional Learning
In order to educate the whole child, we have incorporated social and emotional learning (SEL) in our advisory. SEL is the process through which people acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.
Discovering the Real Me
Discovering the Real Me focuses on issues specifically addressed for each age group. High school youth look at the world in a more complex manner than they did in their younger years. The complexity of their developmental tasks can make these years challenging. The Discovering the Real Me curriculum presents stories and situations with themes of the development of virtues such as mutual respect, taking responsibility, developing empathy and compassion, and learning how to be productive citizens. Themes of leadership, communication and relationship skills, and preparing for life in society beyond high school are also explored.
Although these lessons are presented in the Advisory, discussion questions, that are always available to parents, providing an opportunity for families to have ongoing discussions on pertinent themes.
Our strength-based focus empowers students by highlighting their unique blend of top strengths. We personalize instruction based on strengths, interests, and learning styles. We expose students to potential career pathways, and activate student agency with vital self-knowledge.
The Strength Assessment is the foundation of the student's experience. After completing the 80-question assessment, we and our students receive a personalized profile. The Strength Assessment measures students against 23 different strength factors. The program we use, Thrively, takes an inventory of our students’ career aspirations and their extracurricular interests.
Together, this information gives you and your students the guideposts for discovering true passion: an uplifting evaluation of each student’s innate strengths; motivating future career goals; and tangible interests that students can pursue to connect their present to their future.
Reflection practices are initiated in the weekly assignments through journaling, goal setting, the discussions, advisory activities, and the exhibitions. Students regularly contemplate on their insights, problems, methods, challenges, issues, goals, attitudes, ethical matters, and moral concerns.