Goal: Teachers will differentiate the educational experience to effectively engage, appropriately challenge, and ensure mastery for every student. Elements of this gear can be defined as follows, with examples listed in the accordion below.

Learning is Flexible; Anytime, Anywhere

By leveraging technology and media resources, digital learning options are available for students at any time of day, from home, at school, and in the community. The value of anytime, anywhere learning is dependent on access and capacity for use; ubiquitous, robust internet access and the capacity to use digital learning tools and resources effectively. 

New Pedagogy, Schedules, and Learning Environment

To facilitate more personalized learning, educators work together to identify and validate new designs for personalized learning where the use of time is adaptable and flexible. Associated resources are made available to all students both synchronously and asynchronously to promote flexibility. 

Competency-Based Learning

One facet of personalized learning, Competency-Based Learning (CBL), integrates student voice and choice, flexible paced learning with timely support, and demonstration of academic proficiency. Pace of learning is flexible based on the needs of individual students and the challenges of complex, often project-based work. Timely support is provided to accommodate learning needs and guarantee access to content and resources. Upon mastery of explicit, measurable and transferable outcomes that demonstrate the application and creation of knowledge, learners move on to a new, targeted standard or course. 

Strategies Providing Extended Time for Projects and Collaboration

The process of re-imagining the school day and school year by re-designing and extending learning time, providing greater access to integrated enrichment and quality instruction. Rather than rigid schedules and short class periods, time allocations are flexible, allowing for extended schedules and work time for complex projects. Digital learning enables students to productively use time during and beyond the school day, often redefining homework time. 

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Learning is Flexible; Anytime, Anywhere
  • Paly and Gunn share a rich variety of online library resources that are available 24/7/365 including an Ebsco suite of database and e-book resources overlaid with OneSearch Discovery search tool. The Overdrive digital library is available to students at both sites and it promotes academic and pleasure reading through digital books and audiobooks to support all students.
  • Blended Learning: Blended courses are a mix of instructional strategies that are delivered both online and face-to-face, with the goal of allowing the student more flexibility in meeting the course requirements while developing twenty-first century technology skills in a safe learning environment. 
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New Pedagogy, Schedules, and Learning Environment
  • The Paly Media Arts Center building and new classroom furniture supports 21st century pedagogy. Example: desks / chairs with wheels that can be easily moved to form large groups, small groups, full class circle (Socratic seminar style), etc.
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Strategies Providing Extended Time for Projects and Collaboration
  • Bell schedule changes