The Summit Learning Program

What is the Summit Learning Program? The Summit Learning Program is a free program that gives schools the tools and resources to implement and tailor the Summit Learning approach to personalized teaching and learning. The Program includes access to comprehensive curricula and assessments; in-person professional development and training; ongoing support and mentorship; and the Summit Learning Platform. 

 

 

Content Knowledge in Action

Content knowledge acquisition is foundational to the development of cognitive skills. In order to put these skills to work, students develop a broad knowledge base. Students master a broad set of vocabulary, ideas, events, concepts, properties, and details related to a given academic discipline, and have the ability to demonstrate competency on content across all core subject areas.

Students exercise choice in determining which content resources to review, learning how they learn best. But they are not alone — teachers facilitate self-directed learning by coaching and offering targeted support through small-group and 1:1 interventions, as well as by providing extra scaffolding for students who need it.

On the Summit Learning Platform, students independently progress through playlists, mastering content across all core subject areas. Content is broken into Focus Areas — the key vocabulary, ideas, events and concepts needed to have a foundational understanding of a subject. Content Knowledge is then applied during project-based learning. 

After mastering required Power Focus areas, students can deepen their understanding with Additional and Challenge Focus Areas and offer help to their peers. This structure enables students to master the most important Content Knowledge, while holding no students back from exploring and deepening interests in topics that are of particular interest and relevance to them.

Students take on-demand assessments when they are ready, rather than with the entire class at the same time. Students have access to learning resources at all times. Personalized, easy-to-understand assessment data within the platform helps teachers identify students who are struggling or who might need additional support.

 

 

Projects: Immersing BHH Students in Real World Scenarios

At a high level, during Project Time students own their learning journey by setting goals, mastering content in their learning style, and applying Content Knowledge. Teachers support students with whole-group, small-group, and 1:1 instruction, intervention, and mentorship.

Students spend the majority of class time immersed in real-world projects using Cognitive Skills. Every project in the Summit curriculum assesses multiple Cognitive Skills. Our Cognitive Skills Rubric outlines 36 skills necessary for college and career readiness. Students hone these skills in every subject and grade level across multiple contexts, progressing along a continuum appropriate for their level of development. Seventy percent of a student’s grade is based on Cognitive Skill development, which is easily tracked in the Summit Learning Platform.

The Summit Learning Platform houses more than 300 projects and includes a series of built-in checkpoints, or opportunities for formative feedback, from teachers, peers, and self. Teachers can choose from these projects depending on their curriculum requirements and student needs. Projects culminate in a performance-based assessment such as an essay, lab report, or presentation. For example, students could be applying geometry and personal finance knowledge to design and budget for their dream home. 

 

 

Cognitive Skills: 

Summit created a single, research-based Cognitive Skills Rubric based on feedback from hundreds of educators, and validated by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE).

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The Summit Learning Cognitive Skills Rubric is an assessment and instruction tool that outlines the continuum of 36 interdisciplinary, higher-order thinking skills (pictured here) that are necessary for college and career readiness.

They are broken down into seven (7) categories: Speaking & Listening; Writing/Composing; Analysis & Synthesis, Inquiry, Using Sources, Textual Analysis, and Products & Presentations (see diagram above).

Furthermore, these skills are also aligned with the top skills that employers say they’re seeking, including: Complex problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills, creativity, and the ability to coordinate with others. (Source: “The 10 Skills Employers All Want in 2015 Graduates”, Forbes Magazine, November 2014.)

Students are graded on a continuum of 0-8. So by the time a student is a senior, they should be scoring in higher ranges.

 

 

Self Directed Learning

Bader Hillel High students are able to articulate what they are learning, why they are learning, and how they learn best. They can advocate for themselves, know their passions and interests, and have a long-term goal and plan rooted in these passions and interests.

 

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