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Impact Academy

Updated May 9, 2017
16531 Klamath Trail - Lakeville MN - 55044
Type of autonomy arrangement: leadership goodwill
Basic Profile

Opened In

2013

Grades

K through 5

Environment

Suburban

Type

District
Autonomies
Select leaders
Determine learning program
Select colleagues
Determine professional development
Transfer or terminate colleagues
Determine whether to take, when to take, how much to count district/EMO/authorizer assessments
Determine tenure policy
Make formal arrangements with district/EMO/authorizer to allow multiple measures in determining school success (not only a mean proficiency score)
Evaluate colleagues
Set schedule
Set staff pattern
Determine teacher workday
Determine school budget
Set school-level policy
Determine compensation
Teacher Authority Is...
De Facto
Authority rests on the goodwill of the superintendent.

About the Learning Program

Four Design Features

    Impact Academy at Orchard Lake Elementary is where learning is personalized, embedded in real life inquiry and impacts communities. Our vision is to create a personalized learning environment where all students are taught at their instructional level of learning in the areas reading, writing and math. Students and teachers together design an integrated pathway of learning to utilize individual interests and talents. Integration of content areas will connect all learning to real world problems, so students discover ways to impact each other and the larger community.

    Raising Student Achievement through the Following Model:
    • Personalized Learning
    • Personalized Learning will raise student achievement because:

      Each student has defined, clear and rigorous learning expectation Students are working in their instructional level (Zone of Proximal Development) Students are more engaged because they experience challenge and success Students are valued as individuals, therefore, they work harder and reach higher Less time is spent on behavior management because there is more time spent on doable tasks.

    • Future Ready Skills
    • Education must prepare our students for the future work force. Education pedagogy will make shifts to create opportunities for students to apply the following skills: Core subjects – reading, writing, math· Creativity – Critical Thinking – Problem Solving – Communication – Collaboration Information, media and technology literacy Civic responsibility and global awareness

    • Service Learning
    • Service Learning is a multifaceted teaching and learning process uniquely tailored to meet specific learning goals and community needs Service Learning will raise student achievement because:

      Students will engage in learning that is meaningful and relevant Service learning goals are clear and aligned with curriculum Learning is experiential and applied; deepening understanding Learning is internalized through reflection activities before, during and after service learning Service learning promotes understanding of multiple perspectives fostering respect and developing interpersonal skills by group decision–making and conflict resolution Students are active partners in identifying community needs and planning Service Learning would happen within the integrated studies and elective learning structures

    • Integrated Studies
    • Science, Social Studies, Health and Technology standards are connected to a theme, essential questions and service learning project for all students. The whole school will be studying their standards connected to the same theme and related service learning projects. Advantages: Studies meets the needs of different types of learners All content learning is connected A deeper understanding of content is developed by the student

    • Elective Learning (Future Implementation)
    • Elective Learning is a block of time when all students participate in activities of choice outside of the regular school day. Initial instruction on state standards would not be taught during this time. It would be a time for students to go further with the initial instruction and to explore their talents and interests. This would include specialists and community members. Supplemental interventions could also be delivered.

      Possible activities offered in the areas of: foreign language, performing arts, visual arts, music lessons, fitness, sports, technology, supplemental instruction, academics – activities could also tie to future service projects.