Our vision at Executive Education Academy Charter School is to develop an integrated Kindergarten to 12th grade (K–12) system so that teaching and learning move steadily from early elementary towards college and career readiness. Our curriculum in alignment with the Common Core State Standards and Pennsylvania’s Standard Aligned System (SAS) will imbed performance based assessments and activities. These will provide many opportunities for students to show their understanding of the content as well as their ability to apply and transfer the new learning.
In order to prepare our students for success in the global workforce, every classroom must be a 21st century learning environment. This means that all content areas must be enhanced through the incorporation of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity (The Four C’s).
Throughout all subject areas our students will be encouraged to consider a variety of ideas, viewpoints and perspectives that may be useful in finding solutions and alternatives to posed problems. A high priority will be given to teaching students how to reflect on their own learning and to recognize and voice when they are not understanding or comprehending the content. Not only will they be taught various student centered strategies, but they will be encouraged to choose when to apply certain strategies and to share their rationale for doing so. In the early years and initially in all grades the application of these skills will be monitored and facilitated by the teacher through the use of modeling, questioning and sentence frames. As students become stronger in the areas of critical thinking, problem solving and communication the teacher will act as a facilitator as groups collaborate and participate in discussions and hands-on activities.
According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, students must have a “range of functional and critical thinking skills related to information, media and technology” to succeed in a 21st century marketplace. Consequently, our curriculum model highlights the importance for students to learn and apply critical thinking and problem solving skills across the content areas. Students who are adept at critical thinking and problem solving are able to complete complex tasks at a higher level of learning. Consequently, our teachers will provide many opportunities for students to learn and practice different problem solving approaches.
At Executive Education Academy Charter School, we view reading as an essential activity for students in every subject area. Consequently, it is critical that teachers from every discipline incorporate comprehension strategies into their curriculum. Having the opportunity to apply comprehension strategies across disciplines will allow students to access complex texts and will make the learning meaningful.
Our math curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. These standards are focused, coherent, and relevant to the real world, describing the knowledge and skills that students need for success in college and careers. Every math lesson will include opportunities for whole class, small group and individualized instruction as we strive to build student expertise in both the mathematical content and practice standards.