What is the Cedarburg School District Learning Initiative?



The Learning Initiative at Grades 5-8

Beginning in Grade 5, students are issued a Chromebook for their use at home and school.  Students, with guidance from their parents and teachers, work to become responsible users of their devices,learning to care for and properly use their Chromebooks to support their learning in and outside of the classroom. In 6th thru 8th grade students are more independent with their Chromebook use traveling between classes and working with multiple teachers daily. Students will use the same Chromebook each year through 8th grade; their Chromebook is collected before summer and reissued in the fall.


Grades 5-8 Chromebook Handbook for Parents and Students


The purpose of the Cedarburg Learning Initiative is to significantly change the learning process for both students and staff with the ultimate goal being optimized student achievement that results from students taking ownership for their learning. The Learning Initiative will go beyond providing computer devices for students. The initiative will:
  • empower CSD teachers to create highly effective, engaging digital-age teaching and learning experiences that can be tailored to the needs and interests of each student; and
  • empower CSD students to become drivers of their own learning and connect them with resources, people, ideas, and opportunities far beyond the four walls of the classroom.

Goals:

Problem Solving:

    • Students are resilient and determined, driven, problem solvers who can tie many skills together to solve a problem.
    • Students are analytical thinkers who can think critically about the information they gather.
    • Students identify questions that will help them solve the problem and have the skills and strategies needed to seek answers to these questions.
    • Students are able to apply learning to real world applications.
    
Knowledge Creators
    • Students are able to effectively collaborate to research, create new products, and publish to real world audiences.
    • Students demonstrate creativity and innovation in their work.

Life Long Learners
    • Students are aware of their learning and are able to discuss their strengths and weaknesses.
    • Students have knowledge making skills such as note taking, and how to sift and sort information electronically.
    • Students are able to prioritize their time and use tools such as a calendar to manage deadlines on projects.

The Learning Initiative at CHS

As students enter 9th grade, they will be issued a new Chromebook to support their learning activities at CHS. Students will use the same Chromebook each year through 12th grade; their Chromebook is collected before summer and reissued in the fall.

In the fall of 2017, all CHS students will be issued a Chromebook for the first time on the first day of school. 


“Empower deeper learning through access, quality and coherence.”

The purpose of the Cedarburg Learning Initiative at Cedarburg High School is to empower deeper learning through access, quality and coherence. 
  • Access  - Ubiquitous access to information and resources in a safe, on-demand environment.
  • Quality -Prepare students to achieve at high levels incorporating the six essential competencies of deeper learning in all classrooms: master core academic content, think critically and solve complex problems,  work collaboratively, communicate effectively, learn how to learn and develop academic mindsets.
  • Coherence - A comprehensive high school experience that builds on a student’s 4k-8 experience; preparing students to be successful in their world beyond high school.