Collective Commitment #1
Delivering innovative, individualized, and inquiry-based programming designed to address the academic and social-emotional needs of our students inside and outside of the classroom.
NOTE: This area of focus falls under Collective Commitment #1 which is subdivided into four areas under Curriculum & Instruction/Student and Community Services. The four areas of focus are Curriculum & Instruction | Student & Community Services | School Safety, Future-Ready Programming, Social-Emotional Learning, STEAM, and Early Childhood Education.
Research flexible scheduling as a way to expand curriculum delivery.
- Collaborate with St. Louis County school districts to develop a K-5 synchronous program titled St. Louis Virtual Campus.
- Collaborate with St. Louis County school districts to develop a 6-12 asynchronous program to provide virtual courses for Ladue Schools students (full- or part-time options), focusing on specialized courses that do not always have full sections. Current examples: Latin, Mandarin, Cybersecurity.
- Research the scheduling and transportation implications to ensure equitable access to virtual courses at the high school and make recommendations to the building and district administration.
- Provide asynchronous courses at the high school to expand the school day and provide flexible options for students; this includes common courses like Algebra I, English 9, Personal Finance, etc.
- Research and make a recommendation on a Learning Management System to house virtual courses and curriculum.
- Review current schedules and flexible/virtual instruction to create opportunities for addressing student mental health and wellness needs.
Increase access and opportunities to college and career pathways.
- Develop a partnership with St. Louis Community College where students can earn an associate degree upon high school graduation (ECP-Early College Partnership).
- Expand the Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS): Catalyst program by educating parents and students about the opportunity and by including other internship opportunities, particularly in the areas of research, biomedicine, and technology.
- Beginning in middle school, students will have opportunities to develop collaboration, communication, and leadership skills through service learning both during and after school hours.
- Provide access to career-connected experiences that include solving authentic problems, working in professional environments, and engaging in a curriculum developed with industry professionals.
- Inform parents and students in middle school and high school about nontraditional pathways and non-traditional careers (Technical Education, A+ Program).
- Ensure that elective offerings are appropriately connected to career technical student organizations (CTSO).
- Promote job force development by informing students of the most needed jobs every year.