Our Curriculum

Social Being and Change (SBC) Programming is the central curriculum we use throughout the Network. 

Comprised of five instructional processes, SBC redefines achievement, offers a learning theory grounded in multiple ways of knowing, repositions students as agents, draws upon talents and resources from the community, and recycles learners back into that community for its strength and longevity.  Through project based learning, service learning, direct instruction, orientation and assessment, and advising and accountability, SBC puts teeth in the rhetoric of empowerment and systematically brings the community together in one collective pursuit for global leadership and 21st century readiness.

GLC7: Global Leadership Curriculum A 7-Step Project Based Learning Program

GLC7 is primarily a social studies and language arts program (10 credits) that integrates math, science, technology and other electives into one central theme of global problem solving, providing students with a holistic learning experience.   The instructional approach to this curriculum is defined as Project-Based Learning, where students work independently to select and solve global problems (within one of five major social institutions).  Students must consistently justify their work as rigorous by explicitly integrating state academic standards (grade 12) in every area of the seven-step learning process.

LASSS: Leadership in Action (Student, School, and Society   A Service Learning Program
 
Service Learning is a three-tiered program (6 credits) that provides students with hands-on leadership experience.  In the central feature of the program, students are incorporated in management and operations of the school, serving as student leaders and sharing the responsibilities of school leadership.  The second element of the program provides for leadership application of PBL7, sending students out in the community to execute their individually designed plans for social change. A fundamental element of the program requires students to have a sense of self before they are empowered to work in the community and at the school level (per Advisory data).

Core Instruction A Direct Instruction Program

Core Instruction is a math and science program (4-6 credits) that is designed to reinforce math and science instruction within PBL7 and provide students with math and science exposure comparable to traditional high school course work (also preparing them for state-level testing).  Through highly structured, fast-paced, teacher-directed lessons, state academic standards are used to justify daily objectives.

Institute An Orientation and Assessment Program

Institute is a series of four courses (4 credits) designed for the personal and professional development of the student.  Through the program, students understand the school’s structure and curriculum.  They also receive instructional support designed to enhance their autonomy and effectiveness within the project-based learning programming.

Advisory An Advising and Accountability Program

The Advisory curriculum is a program (0 credits) designed to serve as an advising and accountability program. With a strong emphasis on performance data and data-based decision making, students engage in nightly reflections, weekly incentives, quarterly goal-setting workshops, and additional programming for academic reinforcement (as needed).   Ran poorly, it is a glorified homeroom program; however, ran in its most optimum capacity, it serves as the unifying agency that develops students into empowered leaders.  While this program offers no credit, it is necessary requirement in receiving Service Learning credits and additional elective credits (as contracted).