The Opportunity - designing a new charter high school with the following essentials: authentic student engagement, focus on 21st century skills, high quality, rigorous, meaningful curriculum and instruction, success orientation
The Components - multiple authentic assessments, personalized learning, flexible use of time and structure, professional development (for teachers and leaders to support this kind of teaching and learning), business and community engagement
The Challenges: integrated performance based curriculum that will meet the needs of individual students yet satisfy the state requirements of meeting standards; staff prepared to implement this kind of instruction and learning; very little time in which to plan and initiate the beginning of the school!
Has anyone experience in building this kind of learning environment? How did you go about developing the appropriate authentic learning opportunities for individual students? How did you accommodate state mandates?