Curricular Framework

Student Learner Profiles

What are our students' strengths, abilities, interests, goals, and barriers to learning?

Each student's learner profile is at the core of One World School's curricular framework. Teachers plan units of instruction with a thorough understanding of each child's strengths, abilities, interests, goals, and barriers to learning. This information is gathered during the admissions process, classroom observations, formative and summative assessments, as well as through communication and collaboration with parents/guardians and fellow One World School teachers.

One World School emphasizes each student's strengths and abilities, and teachers will collaborate with parents and colleagues to design units and lessons that value, utilize, and develop students' unique gifts and talents. Through modeling by teachers, students will recognize and value their own and peers' strengths and abilities and how those are invaluable within their classrooms and school community.

Enduring Understandings

What essential ideas or concepts do our students need to learn? Why do our students need to learn these ideas or concepts?

Learning at One World School is relevant and purposeful. With each child in mind, teachers will be able to meaningfully answer students' natural and inevitable question, "Why are we learning this?" Units and lessons will be anchored in enduring understandings, or the most important ideas and concepts they will learn and from which they will subsequently construct and build upon their understanding of the world in which they live.

Inquiry-based Learning

How will we engage our students in learning through inquiry? With what important questions or problems should we engage our students in solving? How is this learning connected to our students' and our community's needs?

Inquiry-based learning is a teaching approach, which places great importance on a person's inquisitive mind. Children are concrete and active learners and learn best by touching, tasting, hearing, smelling, and moving their bodies. They make sense of the world around them by asking questions, making observations, investigating and answering questions, drawing conclusions, sharing their understandings, and reflecting on what they have learned.

This method is student-centered and teacher-guided. One World School teachers assume the role of facilitators, coaches, and mentors. They pose well-crafted questions to allow students to discover the answers for themselves, or they guide them to the desired learning goals. This allows multiple investigations that build on what each student already knows, thereby promoting collaboration and interdependence between students and their teachers.

One World School believes that all children need to learn how to learn, rather than just learn facts. It is important that students develop skills and attitudes that will be beneficial for them for the rest of their lives. One World School believes that inquiry-based learning will cultivate interest, confidence, and motivation in learning. The end result is students' increased understanding of the world and the vast amount of information within their grasp.

Service Learning

Learning extends beyond the confines of classrooms. Service learning instills social responsibility within students through curricula that identifies with community issues and needs. Students of all ages and abilities can and will engage in community-based learning projects. This approach connects meaningful community service experiences with academic learning, personal growth, and civic responsibility.

One World School students and teachers will collaborate with the local community to form a socially responsive curriculum which offers long-term service learning experiences into which students will immerse. Students will think, discuss, and write about their service learning experiences. Students, as project leaders, will apply their knowledge and skills to a particular community need and explain how useful their solutions would be in a real-world context.

One World School aims to educate students with the knowledge and skills to contribute to and transform their communities. Service learning empowers students by providing opportunities through which they will use their newly-acquired knowledge and skills in real life situations. Service learning will build their self-esteem and self-efficacy, while developing empathy and a sense of care for others.

Knowledge & Skills

What specific knowledge and skills do our students need in order to gain understanding and be able to solve important questions?

One World School teachers' primary focus is student learning and mastery of skills and knowledge, rather than coverage of content within constricted time limits. To report student achievement, a standards based report card will be used, which is based on a qualitative grading system that lists the most important skills and knowledge that students should learn. A standards based report card clearly identifies each student's strengths and areas for improvement. The assessment areas are given equal weight, thereby allowing students to show what they know and are able to do in a variety of ways. In addition, a standards based report card helps students chart their own courses for improvement, enabling each to develop individual goals

Best Teaching Practices

What will we do if our students are not ready for learning? What will we do if our students have already mastered specific knowledge and skills? How will we know if our students have mastered the identified learning goals? How will we teach so that all our students will learn? How will we remove barriers to learning?

One World School embraces the conviction that teaching practices must be responsive to the needs of the students. One World School teachers will provide students what they need, with the essential understanding that fair does not always mean equal. Teachers will frequently assess and reflect whether their teaching methods and instructional materials are effective with groups of students as well as for individual students, and adjust their methods and resources in order to increase all students' learning. To be more effective, teachers will collaborate with one another to design units, lessons, and resources that will utilize students' strengths and abilities, as well as remove barriers to learning. With the understanding that students come to school at different developmental stages, readiness to learn, and a spectrum of strengths, abilities, and barriers to learning, One World School teachers will implement a wide range of instructional strategies to ensure all students learn and achieve their potential.