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21st Century Skills

Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Innovation, Global Awareness, Media Fluency, Analytical Skills, Entrepreneurialism, Curiosity, Effective Speaking, Information Literacy, Leadership, Self-direction, Adaptability

504 Plan

A plan developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educationalRead More

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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a-g course requirements

University of California approved course entrance requirements. “a” History/Social Science: Two years, including one year of world history, cultures and historical geography and oneRead More

ACT Test

a nationally administered, standardized test offered various times during the year that helps colleges evaluate candidates.


Research shows that when learners feel connected to their school, they do better academically. One of the ways we achieve this with Middle andRead More

Authentic Assessment

Authentic assessment refers to assessment that resembles real world tasks. For example, learners doing work real scientists would perform.

Beautiful Work

Resource: Ron Berger, An Ethic of Excellence Building a Culture of Craftsmanship with Students Embracing the process of creating multiple drafts and seeing failureRead More

BIE (Buck Institute)

A research facility that creates, gathers, and shares high quality project based learning instructional practices and products and provides services to teachers, schools, andRead More

CAS (Creativity Action Service)

IB Diploma Programme course required for IB Diploma.

CCSA (California Charter School Association)

The CCSA advances the charter school movement through state and local advocacy, leadership on accountability, and resources for member schools. http://www.calcharters.org

Character Lab®

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Charter Petition

Document approved by authorizing district

Charter School

Charter schools are FREE Public Schools overseen by the local school district or county but are free to govern themselves and create their ownRead More

Common Core State Standards

The standards were drafted by experts and teachers from across the country and are designed to ensure learners are prepared for today’s entry-level collegeRead More

Daily 5

Word Work: Writing: Read to Self: Foundation for creating independent readers and writers Buddy Reading: Listen to Reading:

Deeper Learning

Allows a learner to take something learned and apply it to another area. Use knowledge to be useful in new situations. There are 3Read More

Design Thinking

A connection and process between creativity and innovation that requires meaningful solutions in the classroom. Thinking draws upon logic, imagination, intuition, and systemic reasoning,Read More


A facilitator’s response to a learner’s needs. Facilitators can differentiate through content, process, product, affect, and learning environment according to the learner’s interest, readiness,Read More

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