The West Ada School District has created a researched based model for improving student achievement, combining information on Career and College Success, Professional Learning Communities (PLC's), information based on research by Robert Marzano on high reliability schools and high impact instructional strategies.
Learners without strategies simply do what they are told and nothing more - they simply follow directions.
Learning strategies are more than following directions; it is the consideration and evaluation of the trade-offs and feasibility of the different options available as a means to address an issue.
Key Cognitive Strategies can be thought of as revolving around the notion of inquiry.
Key Learning Skills and Techniques comprise a series of elements that specify how students can take greater ownership of their learning and a set of teachable skills that enable students to learn more efficiently and effectively.
Success in post-secondary education and job training programs is contingent on learners being able to learn with greater independence and efficiency. This process begins in elementary school and prepares students to be lifelong learners.
No single factor may be more important to student success than the degree to which they take ownership of their learning and are allowed to do so.
Idaho Core Standards determine key content necessary for students to be Career and College Ready. West Ada Priority Standards help focus which content will get the most 'leverage'.
Conley states that students need to know that "success at learning content is a function of effort much more than aptitude"- therefore student beliefs about where they are and what they can learn and (self-reported grades) are a key factor in ultimate success.
Students who know what they want to do with their future are better able to make the decisions necessary to arrive at the point of being fully prepared for the next level of education by the time they leave high school.
Students preparing to go beyond high school must navigate numerous potential pitfalls if they wish to make a successful transition. Most students are not even aware of some of the most important potential challenges they will encounter.
Schools must fulfill the goal of giving students an experience that helps them prepare not just academically, but socially and personally for the their next level of education.
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