The instructional focus will ensure that students develop the literacy and critical thinking skills needed to achieve in college and beyond. There will be an intense focus on developing reading skills that will allow students to access a wide array of texts, particularly emphasizing reading growth goals that will minimize the impact of current literacy gaps. Technology literacy and constructivist learning skills will serve to complement and enrich that development and will engage students as they move towards mastering district and state academic targets.
The intended outcomes for student achievement are as follows:
A passion for inquiry-based learning where students can collaborate in a community engaged in meaningful dialogue related to curriculum content.
An increase in reading comprehension and fluency levels that will allow students to access a wide variety of rich and complex texts. This effort will help to alleviate the significant reading deficiencies students currently face.
Students will develop an understanding of how to utilize technology to enhance their academic focuses and will be equipped with the skills necessary to compete in a 21st Century world.
Teachers will employ constructivist strategies and technical skills to enhance the learning of the students they serve. More importantly, the development of technologically competent staff will enable Carnahan HSOF to more successfully fulfill its vision of fully integrating technology into the school curriculum.
Teachers will practice the following strategies in order to meet intended outcomes of the district’s curriculum:
Inquiry-based learning activities that challenge students to develop the critical thinking skills necessary to achieve at the highest levels.
Collaborative learning opportunities that allow students to dialogue about meaningful conceptual ideas and challenge each other to develop greater understanding.
Project-based learning that allows students to engage is self-directed learning goals and to explore ideas to a much greater extent.
All nine eMINTS certified classrooms will be utilized to serve all 425 Carnahan HSOF students. All students will have the opportunity to learn in an eMINTS classroom.