SUCCESSFUL LIFE Skills Center’s is an educational program designed for kid's who benefit from non-traditional school settings. Our motto is “Building Successful Leaders Prepared for a Global Economy” with successful being the acronym representative of our core values. These core values were carefully researched and represent the top ten common character traits of the world’s most successful leaders.
Our non-negotiables are:
Projects Based Learning (PBL): selected as a means to engage students who are both visual and kinesthetic learners, such as students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, and highly capable students. A growing body of research supports the use of PBL. Schools where PBL is practiced find a decline in absenteeism, an increase in cooperative learning skills, and improvement in student achievement. When technology is used to promote critical thinking and communication, these benefits are enhanced.
Blended Learning: selected as a means to incorporate technology and to provide small group instruction when it is best served at ability level. Blended learning is consistent with the values of traditional education institutions and has the proven potential to enhance both the effectiveness and efficiency of meaningful learning experiences, while providing an individualized education for students ranging from disabled to highly capable. Blended learning models are personalized and adaptive to meet individual learning needs and support high levels of cognitive engagement in meeting learning objectives. Research has found that blended courses have the potential to increase student-learning outcomes while lowering attrition rates. Blended learning is a method that has proven to be not only effective in terms of learning outcomes, but ranks high on ratings of satisfaction with students and instructors. (Dzuiban, Hartman & Moskal, 2004)
Learning Expeditions: selected because of its ambitious vision of student achievement and focus on meeting the higher bar of Common Core Standards while deepening student engagement. Research shows that students who participate in expeditionary learning have the potential to outperform district peers on standardized measures of achievement within four years. Research supports schools that participate in learning expeditions have students who perform better in reading and math than their counterparts in other public schools; closed gaps in English language arts for African-American, Hispanic, and low-income students and English language learners; and after 3 years, are 10 months ahead in math and 7 months ahead in reading. Learning expeditions enhance college readiness, as students have the options to explore careers that interest them through real life experiences.
STEAM Curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math): chosen because we are committed to programs and technology that can demonstrate visible student outcomes while meeting the accountability expectations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). According to the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, studies show that many students with disabilities such as Autism have a natural propensity for advancement in STEM majors. A study, led by researchers at the independent research institute SRI International, based in Menlo Park, CA, examined 11,000 students across the country and found that more young adults with an autism spectrum disorder choose STEM majors than their peers in the general population. Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders are above average on systemizing, which includes analysis and understanding of rule-based systems, tend to look for patterns, and exhibit overall scientific characteristics. Additionally, there is a nationwide push for advancements in science and math.
Inclusion Philosophy: There is a strong research base to support educating children with disabilities alongside their non-disabled peers3. Students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms show academic gains in a number of areas, including: Improved performance on standardized tests; Mastery of individualized education goals; Higher grades; Improved behavior; Increased motivation to learn
How we intend to help kids create a SUCCESSFUL LIFE: