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  • Christine Corbley, Principal Summer Ends and Fall Begins

    Summer is coming to an end, and the new school year is about to begin. With that new school year comes a new way of assisting students in garner the skills and knowledge they need to be successful post high school. Our number one goal is to ensure that each scholar who walks through our doors is prepared to accomplish his goals and dreams. In order to increase our success with this goal, two significant things will be happening.

    First, the Truman Campus will house three programs of Choice that serve a variety of scholars who need a learning model that is different than offered at our comprehensive high schools. Career Academy will be housed in the West Wing of the building, and Open Doors and Internet Academy will be housed in the East Wing. The three programs, although seperate and distinct, will work collaboratively to serve the scholars of our community.

    The second shift comes with changes in how students will graduate from Career Academy. On May, the State Board of Education approved a proposal to move to a competency based model of education. This waiver, shifts the requirements for graduation at Truman and Open Doors to a set of 40 Coginitive competencies and 10 Habits of Success rather than credits and courses. 

    Each student at Career Academy will have an assigned mentor that will help them through their entire high school career at Truman. The mentor and scholar will develop a Personal Learning Plan that will guide the learning experiences the student will need in order to provide evidence of his mastery of each competency. Rather than grades for courses, students will present their learning each 12 weeks at an exhibition of learning where the students will show to parents, community and teachers what they have learned each 12 week cycle.

    Career Academy and Open Doors scholars will engage in a variety of learning experience in and out of the school setting to gather the skills and knowledge they need to show that they are meeting the competencies required for graduation. Truman scholars will participate in 12 week learning cycles that begin with 11 weeks of learning through project-based content seminars, expeditions, college classes, internships, student designed projects, volunteer work, and work-based learning experiences.  At the end of each learning cycle scholars will present their learning to a panel of adults and students. This panel will determine where the student is in her progress toward meeting the established competencies and provide feedback about next steps. The scholar will then work with her mentor to revise her personal learning plans for the next learning cycle.

    As the skills needed to be successful in the 21st century are continually shifting and many of the jobs our scholars will have do not even exist today, we are very excited about how this shift will allow our scholars to show what they know and can do through a variety of learning experiences both in the context of school, work and the community.

    As in any transition, we will work with each student to determine whether they will stay on the credit-based graduation system, or move to a competency based model. Current Seniors and Juniors who are on track for graduating in the tradition credit model will continue with that model. Juniors and seniors with less than 10 credits, will move to the comptency based graduation requirements. All 9th and 10th graders will move to the new graduation requirements.

    If you have questions, you can attend an information meeting at 4:00pm on August 21st or attend Open House. You can also email me at ccorbley@fwps.org and I will be happy to answer your questions.

    Dr. Corbley

    Principal

     

     

     

     

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