In order to create a proficiency-based system in RSU 18, the district came up with a three-phase plan: establish strategic direction, strategic implementation and organizational alignment, and continuous improvement and refinement. The process has been long, but as schools embark upon phase two, a customized learning model will be implemented throughout the district.
- Overview & Summary. RSU 18 has worked for three years to create the capacity for change within the district.
- Case Study: "Ready, Aim..."
- Video - At Their Own Pace: Student Voice and Choice. Kids receive help at their learning level by deciding the areas in which they're struggling.
- Video - Unpacking the Standards: A Teacher's Perspective. Educators discuss linking standards to units of study in order to motivate their students.
- The Takeaway. A short conversation with RSU 18 Superintendent Gary Smith about the district's ongoing experience.
- RSU 18’s Commitment To Proficiency-Based Learning Continues, As Does Education and Advocacy: Two years after the Center first wrote about RSU 18, we revisited the district, sitting with Assistant Superintendent Linda Laughlin to learn about their continued implementation progress.
- RSU 18 website
- Tools for Proficiency-based Classroom
- Understanding the Model: In-House Training (PDF, 24MB)
- District Organizational Chart (PDF, 833KB)
- Presentation for School Board Educational Programming Committee (2011) (PDF, 1.9MB). PowerPoint designed for a presentation on Customized Learning given to the school board's Educational Programming Committee.
- Curriculum Committee Orientation (PDF, 15MB). PowerPoint to train faculty regarding the new, MCCL-designed curriculum.
- Mission of Teacher Advisory Team (PDF, 40KB)
- Parent Article in Messalonskee Messenger (PDF, 488KB). John DeWitt, a Messalonskee parent, wrote this article for the district's newspaper in support of Customized Learning.
- Curriculum Article in Messalonskee Messenger (PDF, 794KB). Linda Laughlin, assistant superintendent of RSU 18, wrote this article for the district's newspaper explaining the rationale behind Customized Learning.
- Mission & Vision (PDF, 99KB)
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