Strategy #4: Personalized & Authentic Instruction

Strategy #4: Increase the personalization and authenticity of learning opportunities in order to engage students.

Goal: Integrate technology, project-based learning, and student "voice and choice" into existing courses as well as "career pathways" to create authentic, engaging instructional strategies.

Baseline: The use of both technology integration and project-based learning as instructional strategies remains sporadic at DISHS and is more often by individual teacher choice than by systemic design.  Technology integration was observed in 23% of iWalkthrough observations.  While 1:1 laptop access and Google Apps have provided more tools for technology integration, there was not adequate capacity to provide additional training to teachers.  Energy4ME provided an initial starting point and resources for implementing interdisciplinary, project-based learning but those efforts will require ongoing support in order to be maintained.  Graduation requirements are still largely based on seat time and credits, and there are limited opportunities for students to design their own learning experiences and/or determine how they will demonstrate proficiency of learning goals.   A timeline to implement Personalized Learning Plans and multiple and flexible pathways to graduation has been developed.

-> View 2010-11 Action Steps and 2011-12 Action Steps for this Strategy.

2012-13 Benchmark: Work on Personalized Learning Plans, the Marine Studies Pathway, and the Healthcare Pathway proceed according to the timeline; iWalkthrough observations of technology integration increase.

2012-13 Progress Summary

What concrete action steps will be taken? When will action steps occur and when will they be completed? Who will lead or coordinate this action step? Who will participate in implementing these action steps? What resources will be needed?
Personalized Learning Plan working group creates a draft PLP and documents process of students engaged in "anytime, anywhere" learning. June 2013

No progress.
Principal PLP Working Group.Time.
Marine Studies and Eastern Maine Skippers Program "Core Design Teams" create integrated, interdisciplinary, project-based Marine Studies Pathway and Eastern Maine Skippers Program curriculum which is aligned to the Maine Learning Results and Common Core State Standards. July 2013

Progressing according to timeline; both MSP and EMSP are ready to launch in Fall 2013.
Relevant project partners.
Teachers involved in MSP. Lots!
Significant time needed for curriculum development.
 Healthcare Pathway Advisory Board plans Healthcare Pathway with community partners. June 2013

Without a Pathways Project Leader, little progress has been made in this area.
Healthy Peninsula
"Project Champions"
 TBD Connections.

Pathways Project Leader position needs to be funded before Healthcare Pathway can be initiated.
 Technology such as the "flipped classroom" and iTunesU is used to allow for "anytime, anywhere" learning.

Opting into the primary Apple MLTI solution in 2013-14 will make this action step possible.  An Island Fellow in 2013-14 will assist with implementation of iTunesU.
 Marine Studies Pathway teachers.  Technology which enables and supports the learning, such as iPads.
 Investigate Expeditionary Learning  as a model for designing personalized and authentic learning experiences. Before the 2013-14 budget is submitted (in case training/professional develop funding is needed in 2013-14).

Staff lacked the time to thoroughly investigate this model.
 Principal Interested teachers, students, and parents.