Shuford Elementary is a National Title I Distinguished School serving approximately 460 students in PK-5th Grade. Our school uses a blended learning model to create a personalized learning environment in our K-5 classrooms. We develop our personalized learning (PL) framework on competency-based progressions where students take pre-and post-assessments aligned with standards to identify what they know and are able to do. Teachers create individual learning paths aligned with standards and a student’s learner profile. This profile assists teachers in designing specific tasks that address a student’s interests, learning style, academic performance, etc. Students learn in both face to face and digital learning environments. The learning paths provide opportunities for students to work independently, in small groups, or 1:1 with the teacher. Teachers provide differentiated tasks which include digital content tools, flipped instruction, and independent practice. Learning paths allow students to engage in collaborative and hands-on activities with peers. Students have some control over time, place, path, and pace of learning and have choice and voice over where, when, and how they work. Within learning paths, students are provided enrichment and/or remediation activities to maximize learning. They have multiple opportunities to work toward mastery. Formative assessments allow the teacher to diagnose students’ needs in real time and continuously modify instruction. Students set individual goals and monitor growth toward those goals by tracking progress in their data notebooks. Students are engaged and empowered to take ownership of their learning.
Our staff and community value the whole child approach through our robust PBIS initiative and our Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH), a program that focuses on physical activity and ensuring students have a deep understanding of overall nutrition and wellness. We have also implemented Sanford Harmony, a research based program endorsed by CASEL that is dedicated to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Students engage in lessons designed to build positive relationships with their teachers and peers, learn how to contribute to a positive, safe learning environment, and strengthen their communication and collaboration skills.
At Shuford, we build strong, positive relationships by developing mutual trust and respect among our community and by showing compassion and empathy for others. We are committed to fostering a culture that promotes unity, embraces diversity, and ensures equity for all. We will continue to strengthen our community through strong school and family partnerships.
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Our mission is to create a learning organization that sets increasingly high expectations for students, utilizes best classroom and instructional practices, and designs personalized learning opportunities to meet the needs of all students
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Why fit in when we were born to stand out
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