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Student-Centered Instruction Practices

 

Selected excerpts from National Blue Ribbon School applications

Interactive learning increases student engagement Della Davidson Elementary School, (Oxford, MS). Della Davidson Elementary School (DDES) serves students in third and fourth grades in departmentalized, differentiated classes. Our priority is to focus our instruction to best support and challenge students academically while encouraging students to be resilient in the pursuit of academic success. One of the ways DDES implements academic Read More

A slice of the Mariemont Experience Mariemont Junior High School, (Cincinnatti, OH). Learning takes many forms at Mariemont Junior High School (MJHS). For example, Expeditions, part of the district-wide award-winning Warriors BEyond program, provide students with exciting, innovative learning opportunities throughout the school year. Warriors BEyond seeks to foster passion exploration through hands-on, interest-based courses that encourage students to investigate new Read More

GECA students pose for a selfie during break Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy, (Gilroy, CA). The Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy (GECA), a school of choice, is located on the Gavilan College campus. In partnership with Gavilan, all students must complete 40 units of transferable college coursework in four years, while simultaneously fulfilling high school graduation requirements. Students fulfill Read More

prairie_creek_elementary_school Prairie Creek Elementary School, (Olathe, KS). In 2019, the Kansas Department of Education designated Prairie Creek Elementary School (PCES) as a Gemini School as part of a Kansas Can School Redesign Project. A school had to redesign around the five outcomes established by the Kansas State Board of Education, the five elements identified as defining Read More

Hernandez Maxwell Air Force Base Elementary/Middle School Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama Supporting Highly Mobile Students at a Department of Defense School. Meeting the academic, social and emotional needs of highly mobile students is a challenge faced by many schools and districts. Teachers and school leaders at Maxwell Air Force Base Elementary/Middle School in Alabama are Read More

Paramount School Teachers at Paramount School of Excellence (now called Paramount Brookside) in Indianapolis, Indiana enrich their lessons using a variety of on-site school features, including a planetarium, farm, and beehives. These unique features help students learn from the world around them. However, the key focus for educators at this K-8 charter school is on providing high-quality Read More

Elliott Southard Mount Lebanon Elementary School Pendleton, SC Learning Through Real World Application highlights how one school expanded on a STEM theme to create a teaching and learning culture matched to the way young students learn. When each of the four K-6th grade elementary schools in Anderson County School District 4 were tasked with creating a unique Read More

Steller Secondary School Steller Secondary School (Anchorage, AK). Steller Secondary School, a lottery-based magnet school (grades 7-12), emphasizes student responsibility to self and to the Steller community. Students, parents, and staff participate in the democratic process of setting school policy and procedures. Students play an integral role in planning school activities. Through the Passages Program and independent study Read More

Heards Ferry ES Heards Ferry Elementary School (Sandy Springs, GA). Heards Ferry Elementary School integrates Fulton County Public Schools’ seven Principles of Personalized Learning. The first principle is “Choice and Voice” where students can express their learning styles and preferences as learners in a lesson. Second, students have more than one way or modality to learn the material Read More

Photo of Western Center Academy (WCA), Hemet, CA Western Center Academy (WCA) (Hemet, CA).  Given its location, WCA’s central goal is to integrate a “museum discovery” based approach with formal educational methods. The school is located on the site of the Western Science Center that has a large collection of Native American artifacts and Ice Age fossils. The Museum Discovery approach includes experiential, Read More