Former founding principal Sarah Ritsema and founding assistant principal Courtney Egelston discuss what makes IDEA different from the traditional school model.What does the personalized learning model look like at IDEA?
We believe our one-of-a-kind students deserve a one-of-a-kind education, so we facilitate a personalized educational model, allowing students to learn what they need to know, when and how it's best for them. We also ensure each student has an internship that helps prepare them for life after high school. Lastly, we focus on teaching Next Generation Skills, like innovative thinking and collaboration, that will help our students develop an entrepreneurial spirit. Teachers embed habits of entrepreneurship into their classes, ensuring students of today become the innovators of tomorrow. Click here to learn more about the skills students will develop.What makes the PL model different than a traditional model of instruction? What can a visitor expect to see on campus that he/she wouldn’t see elsewhere?Here, visitors will see teachers who are committed to personalized learning for each individual student- teaching the right content at the right time and in the right manner, guiding and facilitating so that students own their learning. Teachers plan a personalized and rigorous curriculum to ensure all students have access to what they need, when they need it and use technology to differentiate for students. Visitors to our school will see students learning at their pace: spending part of class working on the laptop with instruction that's tailored to their needs, learning in small-groups with their teacher, and working collaboratively with peers. Students are able to walk a visitor through their Learner Profile, clearly articulating their current coursework performance, goals and their next steps. Visitors would hear students discussing their internships and how their work with our community partners is preparing them for future careers.