In a new series, Getting Smart is once again taking a close look at the bold innovations being implemented by Harmony Public Schools, a Houston-based public charter school system, focused on both investing in its students and its teachers.
By: Robert Thornton. Harmony Public Schools takes a competency-based approach to professional learning by awarding microcredentials to reinforce the skill-sets they believe are critical to success across a variety of roles within their system.
What do you get when you mix college prep, personalized blended learning, project-based STEM learning, and a small supportive environment? You get the largest high performing school network you’ve probably never heard of--Harmony Public Schools. Introducing a new series in partnership with Harmony called "Getting Smart on Learner-Centered STEM."
The largest network of STEM schools in the country, Harmony Public Schools, is a pathway to college for youth from low income families--especially if they are interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Here are eleven important elements of the Harmony school model that can inform a shift to Learner-Centered STEM in your school or district.
Students and teachers from Harmony Public Schools describe the learner experience in a Learner-Centered STEM classroom.
Working with teacher and leaders in Harmony Public Schools, we identified 7 traits of learner-centered teachers. Learner-centered teaching requires acting as a guide, providing on-demand support, leveraging technology for personalized learning, committing to professional growth, embodying core values, encouraging student autonomy, and creating authentic learning experiences.
Harmony Public School leaders don’t just create opportunities for their teachers to lead. They create opportunities for their students to lead as well.
Learner-Centered STEM takes powerful partnerships with people outside classroom walls, so here are 18 examples of partnerships making Learner-Centered STEM a reality for students at Harmony Public Schools.