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Optimum Learning Environment

 

Sweetwater ISD is committed to providing an optimum learning environment for all students. We believe that every student deserves an opportunity to break through barriers and reach heights never before achieved. Research is clear that the number one factor of student success is the quality of the teacher in the classroom, therefore, the best way to equip our students for these opportunities is by ensuring our students engage with our teachers. As students engage with our teachers, we will continually work to equip our students and teachers with the tools and technology to enable them to be critical thinkers and develop skills for college, a career, and life.

Sweetwater ISD teachers and staff will design and deliver instructional experiences to promote the optimum learning environment for students to take ownership of their learning and behavior. It is critical to establish the learning expectations for all students in Sweetwater ISD based upon individual student needs. The following expectations will be used to support a rich learning environment for all students. 

The Sweetwater ISD learning experience will include:

  • The development of genuine relationships amongst students and with teachers through interactive learning experiences, purposeful collaboration, opportunities for purposeful talk, self/peer assessment, and intentional social emotional learning.

  • The delivery of instruction using Learning Management Systems that support an aligned curriculum and research-based practices aligned to content specific instructional models.

  • The use of authentic learning experiences, rich tasks, and analysis of student work to monitor and assess student progress throughout the learning experience in order to provide differentiated instruction using a variety of learning and teaching styles to meet the needs of every student every day. 

  • The implementation of continuous instruction, small group supports, and differentiated learning opportunities to support responsive instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners.

  • The utilization of rubrics, checklists, and online tools by students and their peers to promote reflection and to allow for teachers to provide immediate feedback to students.

  • In order to create the optimum learning environment for every student it takes commitment and support from the student, parent/guardian, teachers, and Sweetwater ISD.

    Parent & Family Engagement Newsletter

     

    Students will:  

    • Engage daily in learning activities as scheduled.

    • Take care of and use technology equipment responsibly and follow the guidelines outlined in the Student Guidelines for Responsible Use of Technology Resources policy.

    • Submit their own, original, work.

    • Display Citizenship and high character in all activities, assignments, and interactions.

    • Monitor their own progress with the support and facilitation of teachers and proactively seek out assistance from teachers or other staff when encountering difficulties.  

    • Follow the expectations in the Sweetwater ISD Student Code of Conduct.


    Parents/Guardians will:  

    • Ensure their student engages daily in learning activities, interactions with teachers, and completes work and assignments by the due date. 

    • Regularly monitor their student’s progress through the required course content.

    • Communicate with campus staff to support student engagement and progress.

    • Understand that Sweetwater ISD Board policiesStudent Code of Conduct, and Acceptable Use Policy are in  effect for all students..


    Sweetwater ISD and Teachers will:  

    • Build a classroom community of learners providing the optimum learning environment through intentional social emotional supports and engaging lessons that promote collaboration and peer communication.

    • Develop rich learning experiences aligned to the Sweetwater ISD curriculum, and the Texas Essential knowledge and Skills.

    • Provide specific and timely feedback to students.

    • Develop assessments that measure student understanding through authentic work and assess students each grading period using a common assessment delivered to all students in a course. 

    • Provide learning opportunities daily for students according to the designed schedule. 

    • Participate in PLCs to plan instruction, design assessments, analyze student work, and engage in professional learning. 

    • Implement systems of consistent communication with students and parents to ensure student success.

    • Utilize the Learning Management System and district supported resources and digital tools to provide instruction to students.

    • Provide each student a dedicated technology device and internet access.

  • In order to implement Sweetwater ISD’s expectations of an optimum learning environment for every student every day, Sweetwater ISD has created The Optimum Learning Environment Framework to provide alignment across specific components that should be evidenced throughout academic continuity for all students. The Optimum Learning Environment Framework is composed of five components that work together in a circular continuum: Based on student data individualized achievement goals are set for each student; aligned curricular content is taught to every student and concepts are spiraled back into the curriculum as needed for student mastery; teachers facilitate the instruction delivery of content through experiential learning  in a way to meet the needs of each individual student; continual progress monitoring occurs throughout the instructional delivery and common assessments are used to gauge the progress of every student towards achieving their goals; feedback and communication of each student’s progress towards and any actions plans needed for the attainment of their individualized goal is communicated to the student and parent/guardian. A diagram of the model is shown below:
  • Funding sources for Curriculum will vary based on the campus but may include: 

    • Title 1A 

    • Comp Ed.

    • Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA)

    • Local Campus Supply Budgets (State and Local)

    • Rural Low Income Schools grant (RLIS)

    • ESSER Funds

    • Title V (Perkins Grant) for CTE

    Funding sources for training related to curriculum design, development, implementation, and/or facilitation may include: 

    • State and Local funding 

    • Title 2A funds

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