The development and integration of a district-wide Instructional Model, coupled with the leadership to make it come alive, is the cornerstone that allows districts to modernize student learning at scale. The instructional model builds the foundation for the following steps:
1. Creating a Digital Ecosystem to leverage technology to support modern learning
2. Modernizing Curriculum to include content relevant to the 21st Century Learner to prepare students for college and careers
3. Adopting Professional Learning to implement new pedagogic strategies to scale personalized learning
4. Engaging the Community to move beyond the 4 walls of the classroom to expand where and how learning takes place
The Instructional Model facilitates the cultural shift toward modern learning environments that allow districts to advance in an innovative yet practical way. The Instructional Model brings to life a brand for the district’s commitment to delivering relevant learning experiences for every student. It is the unifying element that connects districts’ core values of instruction K-12 in all content areas.
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M.I.N.E., a Modern, Innovative, Nurturing, Education for all Students Served by Alamance County, NC
In 2014, Alamance-Burlington School System set out to develop a strategic plan for learning that lead to the development of the Core Four instructional framework around curriculum & instruction, including the intersection of standards, rigor, pedagogy and data & assessments. In late 2017, the district began to think about scaling the modern learning environment across the entire system. Through the process of visioning of a modern learning environment, the district built upon their Core Four instructional framework to develop a comprehensive, three-dimensional Personalized Learning Model built on their vision for modern learning, or M.I.N.E., Modern - Innovative - Nurturing - Education. The student-centered M.I.N.E. Personalized Learning Model focuses on empowering, connecting and challenging students in their learning. Alamance-Burlington refined and enhanced the Core Four into the M.I.N.E. Personalized Learning Model and leveraged their Instructional Model Driver Team, a cross-representative group of instructional leaders from across the large North Carolina district, to inform and develop their model: Modern - Innovative - Nurturing - Education. My future. My learning. Just for me.
Alamance-Burlington recently completed their Personalized Learning Model (SI 18) to develop M.I.N.E., a Modern, Innovative, Nurturing, Education for all students served by Alamance County. During their recent October strategy session, the M.I.N.E. Steering Committee began developing the structure and initial characteristics of their Learning Model Identifiers (SI 41) document to help instructional staff better understand what the Learning Model should look like the classroom for learners, teachers, and space through a learner-centered focus.
The Steering Committee will elicit their Instructional Models Driver Team to further develop the Learning Models Identifiers doc and use this information to develop their specific Professional Learning Goals tightly aligned with the new M.I.N.E. Personalized Learning Model.
Rock Hill Schools Launches LEAP
After experiencing the impact of going 1:1 without a supporting Instructional Model before their Digital Convergence journey, today this South Carolina district is making tremendous strides to personalize learning for their students. As a community, they have turned the tables from focusing on the “tech” to building a strong foundation and why for instructional technology. Through an unprecedented turnover in leadership and amid a teacher shortage, Rock Hill is using their Instructional Model, LEAP, to build culture, community, and purpose through a shared vision.
After multiple orientation meetings around their new LEAP Instructional Model, school leaders at each of the 25 schools in Rock Hill Schools of South Carolina have started to launch the LEAP model with their staff. RHS’s Instructional Model Team was instrumental in designing a wealth of supporting materials for school leaders to use in their launch meetings. These materials were compiled into a hyperdoc to ensure consistency across schools while allowing leaders choice in the details of their launch activities. Many principals chose to introduce LEAP with an activity similar to the one they engaged in at the orientation meetings by having teachers self-assess on each of the LEAP model categories and their look-fors.
The team recently convened their instructional coaches to analyze target areas of their LEAP instructional model that teachers identified in order to build a coaching support plan.
Rock Hill’s Session at NCDC19: LEAPing From Their Mistakes
Rock Hill has been selected to present at the upcoming National Conference on Digital Convergence to explore the impact of going 1:1 without a supporting Instructional Model. While this was Rock Hill’s experience in 2011, today they are making tremendous strides to personalize learning for their students. Learn how this community has turned the tables from focusing on the technology alone to building a strong foundation and "why" for instructional technology. Through an unprecedented turnover in leadership and amid a teacher shortage, Rock Hill is using their Instructional Model, LEAP, to build culture, community, and purpose through a shared vision.