Future Ready

Collaborative, Relevant, and Applied Learning

In digital learning environments, students do work similar to that of professionals in the larger society. They collaborate with educators, fellow students, and others outside of the school environment on projects that often (1) involve the creation of knowledge products, (2) foster deep learning, and (3) have value beyond the classroom walls.
Investigating (0-3) Envisioning (4-5) Planning (6-7) Staging (8-10)
District leaders review the research related to rich, authentic learning, including variants, such as project- and problem-based learning. Teams have also gathered research and best practices on promoting and leveraging collaboration. The concept of student work as collaborative and authentic is noted as central to the district’s vision. District leaders gather examples of teaching and learning, meeting these criteria through research and piloting. A framework for collaborative, relevant and applied learning is created and communicated to all stakeholders. Instructional leaders review all curricula for opportunities for rich, authentic, and collaborative learning and document these opportunities. Initial plans for the adoption and implementation of these curricula are made that include necessary staff training and support. Instructional leaders finalize a plan and assign responsibilities for implementing rich, collaborative authentic work that includes unit designs and templates, professional development, and support for teachers as they scale up new instructional practices.