5 Principles of district design 2022
Agency is the capacity and propensity to take purposeful initiative. Students with agency do not respond passively to their circumstances; they seek meaning and act with purpose to achieve the conditions they desire in their own and others' lives. Student choice and ownership of learning are manifested in the learning environment, subject matter, learning approach, and/or pace. Students use mistakes and setbacks as opportunities to grow. Research based approaches connect teacher actions with student performance.
Pedagogy, curriculum, and learning environments meet individual student’s needs. The experience is tailored to learning preferences and the specific interests of specific learners.
Rather than competing to come up with a good idea, teams work collaboratively to gather information, synthesize, generate ideas, test, and iterate. Teams learn to share their thinking, get feedback, build on, and ultimately hold their own ideas loosely so as to be open to new ideas. Working with others allows students to tackle more complex problems, navigate team dynamics, and develop self awareness.
Design Thinking is a set of skills that prepares students to solve large, complex, cross-curricular, real-world problems by teaching them effective ways of learning and collaborating. It uses a process, made up of discrete stages, for creating innovative solutions. Students develop skills to solve problems confidently and creatively. Design Thinking draws upon logic, imagination, intuition, and systemic reasoning, to explore possibilities of what could be - and to create desired outcomes that benefit others.
The capability to relate and work effectively across cultures. A combination of the insights, competencies, attitudes, and behaviors that enable students to assess culturally diverse experiences accurately, in order to engage effectively with the world around them.