Goal 2: Program
Advance our educational program to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in a complex and changing world
Will we teach Shakespeare? Yes. But how we teach Shakespeare will change.
Our curriculum will continue to prepare students for admission to their top-choice colleges, but it also will evolve to position them for success after college by expanding beyond the walls of the school and connecting them with the world.
AND WE WILL:
Utilize current brain research about how children learn best to develop more strategies for individualizing learning within the curriculum and through learning support services.
Develop a distinctive identity for each division that is built around an age-appropriate experience.
Collaborate locally, nationally and internationally to enhance learning and leadership opportunities for Penn Charter students.
Educate students for global competency through classroom experience, service, student exchanges and travel.
Teach environmental awareness and develop advocacy for environmental sustainability.
Meaningful Content and New Assessments
In an effort to provide our
They responded to questions about time management, homework, study skills, sleep habits and other school-related topics. The results of this study have been carefully considered by faculty and divisional leadership.
As a result, alterations to our academic program and assessment and homework policies are currently under review.
In addition, we invited Frances Jensen, chair of the Neurology Department at the
Since 2014, English teachers have offered a series of Pop Lunches, optional faculty-led lunchtime lectures and discussions that allow students to explore topics related to popular culture, including race, sexuality and gender. More recently, educators from other departments and local universities have also taken part. Since their inception, interest in these events has grown and it is not uncommon to have more than 50 community members in attendance.
Integrated Performance Assessments for Foreign Language
Foreign language instruction at Penn Charter is no longer solely about grammar and vocabulary. The Foreign Language Department is at the forefront of modern language instruction locally and nationally. Students in French and Spanish classrooms now take part in Integrated Performance Assessments, a performance-based approach to teaching, learning and assessing second language. Students engage with authentic resources and take part in level-appropriate communicative activities that focus on developing proficiency.