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When ALA was founded, we set out these design principles as a set of universal goals, to support the high expectations we hold for students and ourselves. As we've grown as a school, we return to these time and time again, with each new course, initiative, and school year. Here are a few ways in which we put these principles into action:

1. Deep Learning

  • Authenticity - Exhibitions, Field Trips, Community Involvement
  • Integration - Project Based Learning Experiences, Enrichment Menus
  • Tenacity - Genius Hour, Wonder Courses, Zorro Astuto Design Studio
  • Reflection - Student Led Conferences, Project Based Learning, Daily Practice

2. Individuality

  • Self-¬≠advocacy - Clubs Based on Interests and Passions, Problem Solving
  • Voice - Project Based Learning, Speak Up Speak Out, Studios Courses
  • Curiosity - Genius Hour, Zorro Astuto Design Studio, Culture of Exploration

3. Flexibile Design

  • Individual Needs and Learning Styles - Enrichment Menus, Interactive Choice Boards
  • Student Centered Grouping - Book Clubs, Classroom Environment, Small Group Instruction 
  • Multi¬≠-Age Experiences - Content Area Workshops, Village Grouping, Big Buddies, Studios
  • Collaboration - Project Based Learning, Blended Learning, After School Clubs

4. Connection

  • Personal and Social Awareness - Mindfulness, Collaboration, Restorative Practices
  • Empathy with Meaningful Action - RULER, Morning Meetings, After School Clubs
  • Community Partnerships - Public Exhibitions, Community Service, PTA


Here's a bit more about these different action steps and how they work at ALA:


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