Bringing mindfulness into the learning space

Bringing mindfulness into the learning space

Educators at SPARK School at Kyrene de las Manitas give students the opportunity to practice intentional mindfulness each day during Student-Selected Mindfulness Time.

Bringing mindfulness into the learning space

Family interviews

Big Picture Learning educators hear multiple perspectives on students’ interests, assets and challenges at the beginning of the year through a process they call family interviews. This is a key first step in meaningfully deepening and personalizing student learning.

Bringing mindfulness into the learning space

Community culture questionnaire

Educators at Elm Street Academy created a community culture questionnaire out of their desire to ensure students had a voice in decision-making about community building, rules, policies and student leadership.

Bringing mindfulness into the learning space

Interest-based student groupings

One way Next Education Workforce teams deepen and personalize learning for students is through dynamic student grouping. Dynamic student grouping: Is responsive to student data. It may be driven by formative student learning data or by student interest. Is temporary!...
Bringing mindfulness into the learning space

Skills-based student groupings

One way Next Education Workforce teams deepen and personalize learning for students is through dynamic student grouping. Dynamic student grouping: Is responsive to student data. It may be driven by formative student learning data or by student interest. Is temporary!...
Changing the model: Building the Next Education Workforce

Changing the model: Building the Next Education Workforce

What’s normal in education is broken. Nationally, teacher preparation programs have long seen declining enrollment. Teachers switch careers or retire early. They receive less pay and enjoy less social status than many other professionals. The job is hard in...
Bringing mindfulness into the learning space

Student-led conferences

SPARK School at Kyrene de las Manitas has shifted from teacher-owned conferences to a student-led approach. This change supports the educator team’s goal of creating a student-centered learning environment in which learners own their progress and goals. This resource...
Bringing mindfulness into the learning space

Student-selected support

In an effort to shift the ownership of learning from educator to student, SPARK School at Kyrene de las Manitas has implemented a system for students to reflect on their learning and progress, identify the academic support they need and schedule time to meet with the...
Bringing mindfulness into the learning space

10 Tips for planning team-based deeper learning

The educator team at Kyrene de las Manitas Innovation Academy co-plans project-based units that support deeper learning. The 10 tips appearing in this document are drawn from their approach to planning. To get started, consider how your team might implement these...