Each student in Spring Lake Park Schools is known by name, strength, interest and need, leading to personalized student work and learning experiences
At Spring Lake Park Schools, we want to change the relationship too many students have to learning. We strive to create authentic learning experiences that inspire students to volunteer their time and attention. We hope to see students demonstrate persistence when faced with challenges, find the work meaningful and valuable, and learn what they are expected to learn.
Each day we are working to bring our vision for personalized learning to life. That vision calls us to create personalized and engaging experiences so that each student feels valued, inspired and has a sense of belonging, resulting in college readiness and each student’s aspirations for success.
Using the four components of personalized learning, teachers get to know the individual needs and interests of each learner to support the best path to learning. These components are:
- Competency-Based Learning: Flexibility for learners to demonstrate their mastery of rigorous academic, career and life skills competencies
- Learner Profiles: Deeply knowing each learner to design engaging work and experiences
- Personal Learner Maps: Learners, families and staff co-design learning goals for success in SLP and beyond
- Flexible Learning Environments: Flexible use of time, space and resources to enhance learning
Students and teachers use the components of personalized learning to co-design learning collaboratively. When their efforts are successful, the learner is engaged, their passions are ignited and they achieve rigorous learning outcomes. They become powerful, independent and curious learners.
Spring Lake Park Schools has implemented a science specialist learning model at grades K-6. There is a new curricular resource for science at grades K-8, and new science competencies are guiding science learning. The goal is to support deep thinking and doing science, relate it to real life and ignite interest and engagement in science.
Competency-based learning is an education-y mouthful of words for an approach to learning coming to life in real ways for Spring Lake Park Schools’ students. The focus is on developing each student’s knowledge and skills to gain proficiency versus simply covering a subject for a defined period to fulfill a requirement.
Kindergarteners chant each others’ names in morning greeting. Third and fourth graders learn what kind of candy they each like (split between sour and chocolate). High schoolers share adventures they’d like to have and qualities they value in a friend. Across schools and classrooms everyone is getting to know each other.
Spring Lake Park Schools fully online learning model for grades K-6 is just wrapping up its first full year. Core to the experience is a 3-way partnership between at-home learning coaches (usually a parent or guardian), students and learning advocates (a certified Spring Lake Park Schools teacher).
Students like junior Anthony Philavanh are exploring careers that align to their hobbies and interests through pathways classes at Spring Lake Park High School. Through the Technology, Engineering and Design (TED) pathway, Anthony has explored a growing interest in computer science.
Lions, tigers and tapirs, oh my! The annual Minnesota Zoo Enrichment Design Competition challenges students to research and design a prototype that will help solve a current problem for zookeepers. This year, the chosen animal is likely unfamiliar to most – the “tapir” from Malaysia.