Our CBS model includes four major components that work dynamically to create and support a true learner-centered classroom.
These major components are:
a) Leadership addresses moral purpose, relationships, vision, change adeptness, with a sustained focus on results;
b) Shared Vision provides systems for input and communication, strategic planning, and performance;
c) Competency Based Design includes well-defined standards, aligned assessments, an instructional model that is student-focused, and systems for reporting/recording student learning based on standards; and
d) Continuous Improvement Cycle is systemic and systematic, has explicitly defined evaluation criteria, embeds progress-monitoring cycles, and celebrates improved results.
A true learner-centered classroom is where “learners and teachers respond to and reflect on progress in order to build ownership and independence by involving teachers and other learners to become problems solvers, move through levels, meet their goals and figure out their own path to success; learners have the opportunity to make choices and demonstrate proficiency throughout the learner-centered classroom. Teachers instruct and guide individual learners, small groups, as well as the whole class to set high expectations for all learners and determine the most effective instructional strategies for each learner in the classroom.”
“Developed by Westminster Public Schools teachers (2011)”