We Are An Expeditionary School
LEARNING IS ACTIVE
LEARNING IS CHALLENGING
LEARNING IS MEANINGFUL
LEARNING IS PUBLIC
LEARNING IS COLLABORATIVE
Learning is a partnership between parents, students, and teachers. In order to be utilize time effectively, ten design principles were defined to teach and to learn better.
EL Core Practices
The core values represent the framework in which all EL benchmarks are designed and measured. They are important in defining the dimensions of Expeditionary Learning.
Our approach to curriculum makes content and skill standards come alive for students by connecting learning to real-world issues and needs. Academically rigorous learning expeditions, case studies, projects, fieldwork, and service learning inspire students to think and work as professionals do, contributing high-quality work to authentic audiences beyond the classroom.
Our classrooms are alive with discovery, inquiry, critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration. Teachers talk less. Students talk and think more. Lessons have explicit purpose, guided by learning targets for which students take ownership and responsibility. In all subject areas, teachers differentiate instruction and maintain high expectations in order to bring out the best in all students and cultivate a culture of high achievement.
Our schools build cultures of respect, responsibility, courage, and kindness, where students and adults are committed to quality work and citizenship. School structures and traditions such as crew, community meetings, exhibitions of student work, and service learning ensure that every student is known and cared for, that student leadership is nurtured, and that contributions to the school and world are celebrated. Students and staff are supported to do better work and be better people than they thought possible
Our leaders, teachers, and students embrace the power of student-engaged assessment practices to focus students on reaching standards-based learning targets and drive achievement. Students continually assess and improve the quality of their work through the use of models, reflection, critique, rubrics, and work with experts. Staff members engage in ongoing data inquiry and analysis, examining everything from patterns in student work to results from high-stakes tests.
Our school leaders build professional learning communities that focus sharply on student achievement and continuous improvement, use data wisely, and boldly shape school structures to best meet student needs. Leaders celebrate joy in learning and build a school-wide culture of trust and collaboration. Leadership in our schools goes beyond a single person or team – it is a role and expectation for all.
We design success on an individual level. Every student has different qualities and skills and they will be measured based on their achievements. At Manara, we measure knowledge and character. Knowledge is measured using grade benchmark tests, MAP(Measuring of Academic Progress) tests, and classroom grades. While Character is defined by actions and self-evaluations. Success is determined by how much a student grows in character and knowledge throughout the year.
The foundation for Manara Academy’s gifted and talented program is PAL, which stands for Program for Advanced Learners. PAL currently services a small group of students from 4th-8th grade. Beginning in the fall of 2015, the PAL program will expand to serve a highly qualified group of young learners from 3rd-8th grade. Students are eligible for nomination at the end of 2nd grade. PAL is a motivating and challenging experience that lasts over multiple years of a student’s education. The PAL program provides an engaging, creative, and rigorous learning environment to nurture the unique academic and social – emotional needs of students requiring gifted and talented services. The PAL program focuses on gifted academic experiences and personal development.