November Focused Review on “Customizing Structures”

by | Nov 20, 2023 | News and Events

I thank those who were able to participate in our focused review on “customizing structures” last Friday. We talked about the efforts folks are making to transition their grade level structures, effectively implement learning progressions, the challenges of implementing programs and bringing on new staff, as well as the challenges of transitioning to more effective feedback/grading systems, particularly at the high school level.

When I asked what structure has been the easiest to change, leaders talked about implementing a proficiency scale, grouping in a small elementary school, lunch/recess choices as a way for learners to practice self regulating and voice and choice, K-2 badging that has reinforced a focus on learning goals vs activities and assignments, multi-age grouping and explicit instruction of habits of mind.

It occurred to me how important it has been for these leaders to be patient and persistent.