Mission and Organizational Goals

Mission and Organizational Goals

The Tracy Learning Center design provides a transformed learning environment within a public school setting that provides a student-centered curriculum both for children and adults. It is designed around state-of-the-art technology providing unique opportunities to effectively increase digital inclusion. The Tracy Learning Center is supported by active partners from industry and higher education to prepare students for their roles as responsible citizens who care for their environment and their community and as skilled workers for the twenty-first century. All of this is accomplished through continual innovation and change.

The concepts and design of the Tracy Learning Center present a replica and scalable educational platform that can be adopted and adapted for any community as a charter school or an alternative for a public school system.

Choice

Tracy Learning Center design provides the foundation and experience for a transformed learning environment within a public school setting.

  • Learning opportunities transcend time and place.
  • Curriculum is customized so that learners may select the best approach to learning.
  • Charter school status for the K-12 program is implemented and maintained so that parents and students have an educational choice within the public school setting.

Relevant Curriculum

Tracy Learning Center design provides a student-centered curriculum, both for children, guiding each student to personal best performance levels that meet or exceed state K-12 standards, and for adults focusing on career advancement.

  • Curriculum is focused on an established set of skills and content standards.
  • Web-based curriculum is created to allow for differentiated student learning styles and reflects current brain research.
  • Curriculum is continually reviewed and improved to meet the evolving needs of a changing world as well as the individual student.
  • Student curriculum is grounded in a core supporting learning, communicating, thinking and creating.
  • University partnerships allow for seamless entry into college courses from the high school program.
  • On-site training and re-training opportunities designed in partnership with industrial and educational organizations will improve employment skills in real work situations.

Technology

Tracy Learning Center design provides a structure of state-of-the-art technology that serves as the backbone for the delivery of information. The development of a seamless learning environment utilizing the latest technology encourages life- long learning for all participants.

  • A constant update of inventory keeps pace with the continual evolution of technology ensuring that students have access to worldwide resources.
  • Technology networks the entire learning community.
  • State-of-the-art technology centers, available to all partners and the general community, provide access to worldwide resources and enable learning anytime and anywhere.

Collaboration and Diversity

Tracy Learning Center design provides unique opportunities for the communities to capitalize on the diversity of a community or region and beyond.

  • The creation of a culture that encourages divergent thinking promotes creative collaboration that generates innovative ideas and entrepreneurial products.
  • A community of learners is inclusive and representative of all members of the regional population
  • An expansive joint-use information mall serves as a community public library and provides interactive, real-time networking for members of the learning community.
  • An outreach program supervises student mentors and provides technology training.

Partnerships

Tracy Learning Center design supports the engagement of partners from industry and higher education with an interest in learning and the community.

  • A unique governance structure fosters collaborative partnerships to combine expertise of those involved to mutually enhance one another.
  • Partnerships are pursued with agencies and industry representative of regional interests.
  • A zone created for incubator businesses provides opportunities for innovative research and development.
  • The creation and implementation of a new model for teacher training promotes unique instructional practices to meet the needs of twenty-first century learners.
  • Industrial and educational organizations are directly involved in creating learning products and tools relevant to the needs of learners today and in the future.

Individual Responsibility within the Learning Community

Tracy Learning Center design trains students to be the citizens of the twenty-first century, each responsible for his choices and his learning.

  • Lifelong fitness and recreation facilities such as an affiliated health club are utilized by the learning community.
  • Students develop personal health and fitness plans and understand their connection to maintaining a healthy body and achieving quality of life.
  • Students pursue projects related to individual interests as well as demonstrate proficiency as part of a learning community.
  • Students analyze and synthesize information in order to create personal understanding.
  • Opportunities are provided to develop participation skills that lead to voice as a citizen.
  • Social and emotional growth is as important as the development of academic skills.

Stewardship
Tracy Learning Center design promotes the care of the environment and of the community-at-large.

  • A foundation provides assistance for disadvantaged students and scholarships for those seeking higher education.
  • Service learning projects focus on the ability of students to work for the betterment of the community.
  • Joint use of facilities maximizes resources.
  • Each student accepts responsibility for his role in the care of the Earth.
  • The culture reinforces the reality of interdependence and global citizenship.

Innovation
Tracy Learning Center design leads the way for creative use of time and space, for innovative programs and products.

  • The interaction of students with information and technology provides opportunities for synthesis and the development of new ideas.
  • The extended school day and longer academic year more closely mirror the adult workplace.
  • Students interact in internship positions with industry partners and as members of focus groups for product development.
  • The multi-use center is built to accommodate pre-school through university classes as well as corporate training and incubator businesses.

Facilities are built with flexibility, sustainability and accessibility in mind.

  • Teacher training focuses on customizing learning through the use of technology.
  • Student teachers, interns, and experienced teachers interested in professional development have the opportunity to practice in a futuristic setting as part of a team of profe
 

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