Interdisciplinary Learning Collaborative
The following are the seven design elements that form the successful interdisciplinary learning collaborative:
- 1.Integrated curriculum where assorted elective standards are woven into the range of core academic Science, English, Math, and Social Studies standards to create a reinvented interdisciplinary methodology for learning.
- 2. Dedicated time for collaborative teacher planning; and a significant commitment to team teaching.
- 3. Flexible scheduling to implement a wide range of learning infrastructure.
- 4. Interdisciplinary learning designs of seminars, workshops, modules, symposiums, internships and foundation courses that are responsive and responsible to the student as individual learner in a collaborative context with ongoing community engagement realities.
- 5. Interdisciplinary management teams (IMT’s) where each teacher coaches a multi-age group of students for four years: small group dynamics, team management, problem solving, and communication skills development.
- 6. Collaborative Community Business/Industry/Recreation/Non-Profit/Natural Resource Partners as places to learn and learn from.
- 7. Development of a collaborative small school culture — respectful and responsive to the voices and choices inherent in a generative learning community — founded on the above design elements of the interdisciplinary learning collaborative.