Individualized Learning For Every Student, Every Day
Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO)
At New Vision Charter School our priority is growing every student, every day. We accomplish this through the use of our Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) classes. ELO classes are a block of time that happen on a daily basis for our middle school students. During this times students individual needs are met through differentiation.
Identifying Student Needs
New Vision Charter School uses iReady Assessment for our local assessment to determine students needs at the beginning of each year. This assessment is given in early September of each year and provides teachers and support staff with real time data on student needs in the areas of mathematics and literacy. Once the assessment has been completed teachers and our Multi Tiered Systems of Support Team reviews the data and groups students into classes where they will receive differentiation to best support their individual learning needs.
Differentiation in ELO
Differentiation means tailoring instruction to meet individual needs. Whether teachers differentiate content, process, products, or the learning environment, the use of ongoing assessment and flexible grouping makes this a successful approach to instruction. NVCS differentiates during ELO times by offering extensions to students who have exceeded grade level expectations (provided through our Gifted and Talented teacher), remediation for students who have gaps in their learning (provided through literacy specialists, math specialists, and blended learning), and also provide cross curricular activities for students who are on grade level.
What is blended learning and how does it tie into ELO?
Blended learning is an innovative approach to teaching that incorporates designing and customizing digital technology with personalized learning to accelerate achievement for all students. In our ELO classes teacher break their students into two groups, one group received direct instruction from the teacher and the other group works on individualized digital learning that is customized for their specific needs. Blended learning is used in ELO classes by teachers to provide small groups where teachers can provide more direct, one on one support. Teacher split their classes into two, sometimes three, groups and provide individualized instruction to students based on their needs. Once the direct instruction with the first group has been completed the teacher switches groups and provides direct instruction to the second group. While students are not getting direct instruction from the teacher they are wor
king on digital tools (ZEARN, MobyMax, Prodigy, ReadWorks, etc.) to build skills in the areas where they need the most support.
Blended learning maximizes student support in getting students small group instruction where they have more one on one time with teachers, but also specific support in the areas where they need the most instruction to get them to grade level.
Middle School Encore Courses
Spanish 1A- 7th grade Spanish
This year-long course focuses on building skills for reading, writing, understanding spoken Spanish, as well as speaking and cultural topics. Vocabulary and grammatical structures are presented through a thematic approach in the Realidades text book, and will prepare students for 8th grade Spanish here at NVCS. This course aims to foster cultural awareness and sensitivity. No prerequisite.
Spanish 1B- 8th grade Spanish
This year-long course is a continuation of Spanish 1A from 7th grade, and will focus on building skills for reading, writing, understanding spoken Spanish, as well as speaking and cultural topics. This course aims to foster cultural awareness and sensitivity. Vocabulary and grammatical structures are presented through a thematic approach in the Realidades textbook and will prepare students for Spanish II in high school should they choose to continue their language study in Spanish.
Sixth Grade Choir
This year-long music class introduces students to traditional choral music. Students will learn healthy vocal skills while singing music in unison and two or more parts, using solfeggio and building their musical literacy by studying a variety of scores and styles. Concerts will be held in the winter and spring.
Sixth Grade Band
This year-long music class introduces students to traditional band music and playing a new instrument! Students will learn techniques and care of their choice of flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, or percussion (snare drum, bass drum, and bells to begin). Concerts are performed in the winter and spring.
7th Grade Art
Beginning with the developers of abstraction, this course takes students through the art movements that transformed the way society thinks about and creates art. With a historical framework, students will create projects that help them understand how and why abstract artists developed their philosophies and techniques. Students will work with a variety of art media in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional design. Art criticism and aesthetics will also be explored, to help students develop an understanding of how to talk about art in a more meaningful way.
8th Grade Art
This course focuses on the further development of skills, techniques, and voice in the visual arts. Students will fine-tune their understanding of art through a more independently driven curriculum that will involve experimenting with a variety of art media in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional design. Students will build upon their understanding of the artistic movements that lead to where art is today, and advance their understanding of art criticism and aesthetics.
Seventh and Eighth Grade Choir
These year-long music classes are extensions of the vocal techniques, musical skills, and choral music that students began learning in sixth grade, though no prior background is required to join. Students study a variety of unison and two-, three-, or four-part song genres as they continue to strengthen their vocal tone and musical literacy. Concerts are performed in the winter and spring.
Seventh and Eighth Grade Band
These year-long classes are extensions of the instrumental techniques, music literacy skills, and traditional band repertoire that students began learning in sixth grade. It is expected that students enrolling in these classes have at least one year of prior experience playing woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments. Concerts are performed in the winter and spring.
This year-long required class for both 7th and 8th grade. This course provides students with a continuing opportunity to learn. both individual and team, sports at a developmentally appropriate level. Students will increase their strength, endurance, agility, and balance, as well as focus on positive healthy behaviors, meeting state standards with each unit.