Ensuring High Levels of Learning (02:13)
Linda Darling-Hammond describes the elements of successful learning-centered schools. This program will visit two schools that focus on these aspects of learning.
Birmingham Covington School, MI (04:10)
The staff and parents apply the learning theory across the curriculum for 3-8 graders. Staff discuss the school's culture, developmentally appropriate themes, and working with students for two consecutive years. See examples of how teachers teach Bull Run to the students.
Weaving Content Areas Together (03:27)
Staff at BCS design units based on standards and outcomes. See how teachers incorporate Newton's Laws with bottle rocket building. Staff collaboration is key to success.
Mentorship Program (03:39)
BCS provides an after school program where older students work with younger students. Parents are involved with decisions concerning student education. Differentiating curriculum and authentic assessment in products and performances helps student progress.
East Palo Alto High School, CA (03:51)
Faculty teams teach small groups of students for two years in project-based curriculum guided by learning standards. Staff discuss student understanding, curriculum design, and starting from a student's current abilities.
Students need to be aware of what they are thinking. Teachers discuss modeling, scaffolding, student support, and the "five habits" incorporated in the grading rubric.
Creating "Whole People" (03:13)
EPA offers physics, integrated math, and humanities for freshmen. Teachers discuss personal responsibility, student needs, personal learning plan conferences, and community service programs
Staff Collaboration (01:25)
Teachers observe the classroom, discuss observations with fellow staff, plan a course of action, and repeat the cycle. Everybody has a vote on almost every curriculum decision.
Pulling it All Together Review (01:03)
Darling-Hammond reviews the tools BCS and EPA High School use to help create successful students.
Credits: Pulling it All Together: Creating Classrooms and Schools That Support Learning—The Learning Classroom: Theory into Practice (00:49)
Credits: Pulling it All Together: Creating Classrooms and Schools That Support Learning—The Learning Classroom: Theory into Practice
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