Chico, CA—August 19, 2020— Furthering its mission to educate students toward becoming engaged and thriving learners, Chico Country Day School has kicked off the 2020-21 school year with the Altitude Learning platform, building a virtual bridge for its student-centered approach to teaching and learning that spans on- and off-campus learning.
The Pre-K through 8th grade charter school has a longstanding practice of engaging learners through project-based learning pedagogical practices and emphasizing STEM education and SEL experiences. The Altitude Learning platform, designed to facilitate such instructional practices, will enable a continuous learning experience as the school shifts between in-person and remote learning, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We believe the role of the educator is not just to deliver content, but rather to work together with students on their learning journey toward a shared vision and set of goals.” said Wendy Fairon, CCDS Director of Education. “The Altitude Learning platform facilitates a more personalized, relevant learning experience for students, and parents are pleased with the increased transparency into their child’s learning.”
Over two dozen teachers at Chico Country Day were trained over the summer on how to use the platform to empower a competency-based learning experience. Since then, the school launched remote learning with its 600 students. In collaboration with teachers, students are planning, goal-setting, and reviewing progress toward goals along the way. Students access learning activities through Cards in a Playlist and from there can upload completed work to their teacher for evaluation and feedback aligned to standards embedded in the platform, as well as student and teacher generated goals. Stream keeps parents informed about how their student is doing and offers visibility into their learning.
“As we embark on a school year likely to employ a variety of instructional models ranging from in-person to fully remote, the need for technology that puts learning and learners front and center has never been greater,” said Devin Vodicka, Chief Impact Officer at Altitude Learning. “We’re thrilled to support the learner-centered experience at Chico Country Day School as they prepare students to meet the world they will enter as adults.”
About Altitude Learning
Altitude Learning partners with K-12 schools and districts to catalyze and accelerate their shift to learner-centered education. With professional learning services and a technology platform, they work hand-in-hand with leaders and educators to create the conditions for learner-centered change and provide tools for scale and sustainability. Addressing the challenges schools face today, Altitude Learning solutions facilitate learner agency, competency-based assessment, and authentic learning experiences. As a public benefit corporation and a Certified B Corporation, they aim to empower every learner to drive their own learning and reach their full potential. To learn more, visit www.AltitudeLearning.com
About Chico Country Day School
Chico Country Day School (CCDS), a public charter school, was founded in 1996 by local teachers, parents and community members and is based on the belief that the family is the child’s first and most important teacher. Beginning as a dependent charter school of Chico Unified School District, CCDS became an independent 501(c)(3) corporation and charter school in 2004 and is fully accredited by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
The faculty, staff, families, students, and Board of Directors of Chico Country Day School is a community of learners in pursuit of an excellent education for all children. CCDS has created a learning environment where children become literate, cultured, life-long learners who strive for academic excellence. Through a united school, parent and community effort, CCDS emphasizes social consciousness and responsibility to a democratic society, self-confidence and compassion, and appreciation and respect for the natural world. To learn more, visit www.chicocountryday.org
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