Curriculm & Instruction
At EXCEL Prep schools, our instruction hinges on one audacious goal—outstanding student achievement.
To support this goal, we set rigorous standards for our students and provide high-quality curriculum and ongoing professional development. Our teachers regularly analyze student data to drive our daily instruction and long-term planning. We ensure that every student achieves.
At EXCEL Prep, state standards are the floor, not the ceiling. From this base, we work to build our rigorous standards and curricula, which are backwards-mapped against end-of-year standards and vertically aligned to advanced high school and college-readiness standards.
The EXCEL Prep family (teachers, principals, coaches and curriculum team) work together so teachers have a deep reserve of best practices and high-quality curriculum resources at their fingertips.
•Bite-sized, measurable, standards-aligned classroom aims: Every class has a bite-sized, measurable and standards-aligned daily objective. Whether the aim is to predict the plot of a novel or simplify fractions, the aim drives the content in the lesson. Using multiple forms of assessments, teachers track their students’ mastery of the aim and progress toward their ambitious academic goals.
•Modeled and guided practice: Teachers introduce the aim by clearly modeling a process to attack the day’s aim. Then, the teacher leads the class into a guided practice of the aim, in which students model their own answers and thought processes, the goal of which is to ensure that every student is set up for sustained, successful independent practice.
•Independent practice: Students spend the bulk of the lesson in a sustained, successful independent practice, with several “at bats” to practice the aim on their own. In other words, students do the “heavy lifting” of the task at hand, getting several chances to flex their academic muscles until they get it right.
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