This fall, Irving Elementary School in Winfield, will begin to roll out a new approach to teaching and learning designed to improve student engagement and strong relationships and to equip students with the skills and habits associated with lifelong learning.

Irving will join hundreds of schools that have adopted this method to learning through Summit Learning, a free teaching approach that equips teachers with comprehensive tools and resources to ensure that every student is motivated and supported to reach their potential — both within the classroom and beyond.

“We are really excited about the personalized learning approach and the support students will receive during the Summit Mentoring Program,” Irving Elementary Principal Jeff Everett said.

Every Summit Learning classroom has three core components: a focus on teaching through projects, a mentoring program for every student and a drive to equip students with the skills and habits associated with lifelong learning, such as self-direction. In addition to what is taught by teachers, students can accelerate their learning and access additional learning resources, set goals and track their progress through an online platform. Parents will be empowered to be active partners in this approach as well. For example, parents will be able to see everything their students are learning.

This approach allows teachers to understand deeply, connect with and support each individual student. Better understanding them academically and personally cultivates a safer and happier learning environment for students.

This summer, teachers and parents from the Irving Elementary School community came together for training and to better understand how this will change the day-to-day learning experience to be more engaging and beneficial for local students.

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