Case Studies of MyWays
These stories are part of a series from EdSurge Research on how schools are redefining student success using MyWays, a framework created by NGLC. Stay tuned for the complete guide, due out in April.
Witnessing some of the students struggle to handle new expectations around skills like personal accountability, organization and time management, the leadership team took action. They began reshaping their existing SEL practices to fit the needs of students in the new learning environment.
Teachers at Two Rivers Roll Up Their Sleeves to Build Assessments from Scratch, EdSurge
Over time, they have learned that some of the skills that are most critical for success are difficult to teach and even harder to assess. It’s not always as simple as purchasing a curriculum, or even modifying an existing set of assessments, because in many cases, these materials don’t yet exist. This might deter some school communities from moving forward, but the staff at Two Rivers is committed to bringing their vision to life, so when the resources don’t exist, they roll up their sleeves and build them from scratch.
Daren Dickson, the Chief Culture Officer of Valor, led the creation of the Valor Compass, a five-point SEL tool that is used to guide curriculum and encourage intentional teaching of non academic skills. The Compass has been core to Valor’s model since its inception, and now the school is taking steps to expand its impact across a wider range of learning experiences.
Toward the end of its first year, LAB was introduced to a draft of the MyWays Framework, developed by Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), which outlines 20 competencies that students need for future success. The competencies are grouped into four quadrants: Content Knowledge, Creative Know-How, Habits of Success and Wayfinding Abilities. The framework came at the perfect time as Mote and Tucker were investigating how to incorporate essential non academic skills that supported their shifting vision of student success.
Next Gen Spaces
New Blueprints for K–12 Schools, Education Next
Blended Learning uses school time in a unique way, combining online instruction with traditional methods and giving students more agency over how, when, and where they learn. That third variable, the “where,” calls for some serious rethinking of how school space is organized and deployed. In our architectural practice, we have found that design either supports or frustrates a school’s mission—it is never an “innocent bystander.”
6 Top Tips to Reimagine Space and Time to Impact Student Learning, Next Gen Learning Blog
When you visualize school, what comes to mind? Chances are long hallways lined with lockers, classrooms with desks facing the front of the room, a cafeteria, library, and gym are some of the first physical and structural elements to pop into your head. Next gen learning experiences often don’t “fit” within these traditional learning spaces. Changing up your space in a way that impacts student learning isn’t as hard — or as expensive — as you might think.
Future Students and Future Schools
Video: Students of the Future, EDUCAUSE