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In the Colonial School District, our mission is to ensure students have skills and experiences that will prepare them for graduation and the continually changing global world. To that end, we support staff as we transition to the following:

 

WE Design . . .

dynamic instruction through high-quality blended lessons aligned and guided by national and state standards.
Using a range of high-yield instructional strategies and effective pedagogical methods, instruction is focused on creating an understanding… and applying that knowledge rather than passively consuming information. Students are learning to reason effectively and make judgements and decisions based on analysis, synthesis, evaluation and reflection.

WE Create . . .

meaningful experiences for our students.
 In an increasingly interdependent world, students need to become global citizens. Key to this is the ability to collaborate with peers & engage directly in the learning process at all levels. To provide our students with multiple pathways to college & career, we have designed our secondary schools to increase student engagement by providing a more authentic, hands-on, & inquiry-based approach to learning. The middle school themes were strategically selected to mirror the pathways offered at our high school. Our 3 middle schools are theme-based: STEAM, Visual & Performing Arts, and Digital Media,  Agriculture & Business.  

 

Learner Centered Approach

WE Foster . . .

classrooms with a learner-centered approach.
Our teachers continue to move away from the one-size-fits all approach. Instead… we take into account individual learners’ strengths, needs, culture, and interests. From there, staff facilitate learning experiences that appeal to individual learners using various modes of instructional delivery. This provides a student-centered and sometimes self-paced learning environment.

restorative practice

WE Support . . .

the learner, by valuing the need for social/emotional learning.
To foster student success, we create a positive, caring and collaborative environment built on mutual trust and respect. Social and emotional learning provides a foundation for a safe and positive learning environment and enhances students’ ability to succeed in school, careers, and life. Through the use of different programs, such as Responsive Classroom, Compassionate Schools, and Restorative Practices, we are able to support the whole student.

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Our Team

Sherri Clark

Sherri Clark

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Crystal Lancour

Dr. Crystal Lancour

Supervisor of K-12 Mathematics & World Language

Dr. Nick Baker

Dr. Nick Baker

Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction: Science and Social Studies

Katie Gutowski

Katie Gutowski

Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction: K-12 English Language Arts

Schalea Sanders

Schalea Sanders

ELL Specialist

Tom Gavin

Tom Gavin

Supervisor of Instructional Technology & Libraries