Shaler Area School District - Digital Promise

Shaler Area School District

4,000

Number of Students

40%

Free and Reduced Lunch

100%

Students with Access to High Speed Broadband

100%

K-12 Students with Access to a Personal School-provided Device (1:1)

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Collaborative, human-centered design: The Human-Centered Design (HCD) experience is unique to the Shaler Area School district. Valuing intensive collaboration from all stakeholders in the school system, the district follows the LUMA Institute motto of “How to Scale a Culture of Innovation.” Shaler joined forces with MAYA Design to help them build a system that empowers everyone to innovate. The district uses LUMA activities to creatively problem-solve together, focusing especially on people above other factors to solve challenges and improve the district.

Creative learning environments: Innovative and creative learning environments occur throughout the District. Research shows when the youngest learners have choice, learning improves. Flexible classrooms allow students to learn in a safe environment where they have choice. Teachers provide whole group instruction and then allow students to work independently or in groups to complete tasks. Students may choose various areas in which to work, such as on a trampoline, in a beach chair, or laying on a surfboard. At the upper grades, students work collaboratively to complete projects and assignments using their 1:1 technology in classrooms,
studios, and outdoor environments.

Powerful STEM learning: STEM learning occurs across the district in grades K-12. In grades K-3, students learn the Engineering Design Process and solve real world problems using coding, circuitry, building, and design. Additionally, the district has designed STEM programming for students with autism and provides them with life skills to meet their needs. In grades 4-6 students experience the IKS Titan, a unique simulator classroom, the first of its kind anywhere! Through a grant secured by the Grable Foundation and Dream Flight Adventures, the simulator allows students to work as a class to complete complex tasks. In grades 7-12, students take specific courses and join STEM-related clubs.


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