Learning is what we're all about. We pose a question to ourselves that helps us think about our mission and our goals: "How do we create learning communities for the greatest thinkers and most thoughtful people... for the world?"
As a district, West Linn-Wilsonville is constantly learning and growing. Over the years, the district has developed a series of common vision themes, including:
- Demonstrates personal and academic excellence;
- Provides a personalized education to improve student performance;
- Establishes community partnerships and expands the classroom beyond the school;
- Creates a circle of support for each student;
- Educates the whole person—intellectually, emotionally, physically, and ethically;
- Integrates technology in daily learning.
Our educational system must maximize human potential. We must continue to provide high quality basic education, which allows all children to function successfully in our changing world. Our strength lies in our ability to access information, to use that information, to communicate that information to others, and to function at high levels of literacy. We want a high quality education for all our children.
- Establish intellectually rigorous expectations and standards for learning
- Teach multiple literacy elements (arts, sciences, etc.)
- Develop communication skills
- Use advanced technology systems
- Focus on basic skills
- Expand the definition of "basic skills"
- Create personalized educational plans
- Help teachers become mentors/facilitators
- Instructional strategies which accommodate different learning styles
The educational system must provide a personalized education for all students, one that affords all learners the opportunity to capitalize on strength, work on challenges, and maximize potentials. An inquiry-based, collaborative, integrated approach to teaching and learning will actively engage students in their education.
- Personalized education plans
- One-on-one assistance
- Performance-based assessment
- Active, hands-on learning
- Specialists, mentors, guides
- Peer teaching
- Integrated projects
- Accommodation of different learning styles
- Multi-age groupings
- Alternative classroom settings
- Flexible time schedules
- Adaptive curriculum
- Apprenticeships, internships, work study
- Business involvement
- Effective assessment of learning
The whole community is a resource for the "academic neighborhood" with learning opportunities throughout the community. An active, dedicated network of community and business volunteers can assist the school to fully personalize education for all children. Community members have long been a vital part of education in this district, and efforts to more effectively involve the community will continue to be a high priority.
- Meaningful business partnerships
- Business support for parent role at school
- Students work with mentors
- Field studies as part of curriculum
- Collaborative, cross-age problem solving
- Student operated businesses and projects
- Civic interaction
- Community service learning
- Community-wide "collaborative councils"
We want to do more than talk about the much-discussed notion that "it takes a whole village to raise a child." We believe a critical and essential role of the family is to be actively engaged in their children’s education. Truly the West Linn-Wilsonville community must become that village, and all members of the community must become a part of our children’s education.
- Support families to be actively involved in the education of their children
- Increased parent volunteerism
- Increased business and community partnerships
- Increased global awareness/interactions
- Establish long-term supportive relationships for children
- More intergenerational connections
- Mentoring programs to support student learning
Education must be balanced: the whole person-intellectually, emotionally, physically, ethically – must be considered when creating a personalized education plan. Uniqueness must be cherished, and we must consider each student as a part of this community from birth through life. The development of character is essential in the education of the child.
- Personalized educational plans
- Formal support networks for children
- Curriculum, instruction, assessment integration
- Character education
- Fostering a sense of global responsibility
- Parenting classes
Technology is a tool for learning. Multimedia formats, interactive instructional materials, national and global connections, and student-directed inquiry must be integrated in daily instruction. Access to technology, along with interconnected partnerships with the technologies of businesses will provide students the opportunity to access and manage information through technology.
- Multimedia educational products
- Learning portfolios on disc
- Individualized learning programs
- Local news and weather broadcasts
- Students learn off-campus or in the workplace
- Use of Internet
- Community technology access
Technological access to the world