Frequently Asked Questions:
Why did the District decide to rebrand each elementary school?
DeKalb Central maintains a continued focus on excellence and continuous improvement as we collaboratively work to achieve our vision and mission. Our instructional emphasis and implementation of best practices for teaching and learning in literacy and math are consistent threads throughout all four elementary schools. As a District, we aim to provide each student with an optimum learning environment based upon his/her strengths, talents and interests. We are preparing our students for their future, therefore, we are strategically providing opportunities for our students that reflect the following:
- Personalized learning for all students,
- Address the digital divide of access to technology,
- Deliver powerful outcomes through the use of emerging technologies,
- Incorporate the 4 C’s of a 21st-Century learning environment – connect, communicate, collaborate and create on a local, national and global scale,
- Empower students to be facilitators of their own learning,
- Provide instruction that is inquiry-based, problem-based, project-based and interactive,
- Build curriculum around challenges of real-world relevance,
- Foster the individual skills, talents and interests of each student,
- Develop confident, self-advocating students,
- Encourage creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
What is the “acclimation” year for incoming 6th graders at DeKalb Middle School?
Students entering DeKalb Middle School will have an opportunity to experience a continuation of the opportunities incorporated in each of the elementary schools: developing as a leader, emphasis on communication through reading and writing, inquiry and global perspectives, as well as project-based learning. Student learning will be optimized through the use of Quality learning principles and practices. There will also be a continued emphasis on technology integration across the District, giving our students access to a 21st Century education that will provide them with the ability to learn and experience the world through a global perspective.
What are the benefits of designing learning pathways for students?
Pathways are a way of providing a very deliberate and aligned sequence of learning experiences, educational opportunities, courses and curriculum offerings K-12 that lead to an industry-recognized credential, technical certification, or an associate or bachelor degree for careers that are high wage and/or high demand.
Again, we want to ensure our students are prepared for life, college and the careers of tomorrow.
Are all of the schools incorporating project-based learning (PBL)?
Project-based learning or “hands-on” learning is a teaching strategy that is incorporated into high-quality learning experiences in classrooms throughout the District and in grades K-12.
Ensuring that students are Career Ready and College Ready seems to be important. What do these readiness terms mean?
Being “College and Career Ready” means students’ learning experiences will lead to an industry-recognized credential, technical certification, or an associate or bachelor degree for careers that are high wage and/or high demand. Simply put, students are prepared for life, college and the careers of tomorrow. It is important for school communities to play an integral role in what it means to be “College and Career Ready” to ensure ownership of the educational process by all stakeholders.