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Resources for Teachers and Administrators


 

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ALPS assists teachers with providing opportunities that leverage all students' strengths and passions to keep them engaged in the learning process so they may reach their full potential. 

Classroom instruction that incorporates Differentiation, Depth and Complexity icons, and Choice Boards/Learning Menus sufficiently challenges most students. 

We also identify students who would benefit from supplemental services. These services are delivered differently at each site, but often include ALPS Project Zone, Digital Learning, Extracurricular Academies, and other options.

Differentiation is used across the curriculum, especially using district-adopted resources, to vary the quantity, pace, support, difficulty, product, etc. of standards-based outcomes. For example, if a student has already mastered their “times tables” in math they do not get more of the same. Instead, they may be assigned more challenging word problems to develop critical thinking.

Depth and Complexity Icons are embedded into the curriculum during small-group or whole-class instruction. They provide visual prompts that encourage students to think critically and make deep connections.

Choice Boards/Learning Menus extends the curriculum through independent work. This tool provides an opportunity for teachers and students to design a contract or task card that consists of activities and assignments that the student completes at his/her own pace.

Choice Board Examples and Templates


 

 

Project-based learning opportunities for students to develop academic, artistic, creative, or leadership potential.

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Extracurricular class offered outside of the scheduled school day. Open to all advanced learners across the district.

Example

  • Acceleration: increasing the pace of instruction in one or more subject areas, working in a different grade level for one or more subject areas, or moving up a grade level altogether. 

  • Clustering: grouping students who perform in the top 5-10% of the grade level into one classroom so they benefit from working with peers with similar learning needs.

  • Special Class: pull-out program working as a group of advanced learners with a non-classroom teacher on special projects or topics