These 21st century aptitudes depend on a foundational knowledge base that is detailed in the content standards. Kidinnu believes the strongest value in education is learning how to learn. Thus, our overarching goal is to ensure that as each student applies metacognitive learning strategies to master the new Common Core standards across each discipline and develop confidence and passion for learning. Kidinnu will create a new paradigm for public education to help all students meet high expectations for long-term growth and success.
At Kidinnu, a 21st century model of instruction will incorporate an integrated and thematic approach based on the best thinking in education today. Learning will be both active and personalized. Students will acquire knowledge by doing and experiencing learning through hands-on, personalized inquiries and expressions of learning through a highly engaging project-based learning model that emphasizes critical thinking and problem-solving abilities crucial for success in secondary school, college and the global workforce.
A visitor to Kidinnu Academy will notice how incredibly active the students are. The students are not just sitting quietly in rows as teachers lecture, but rather students are seen debating ideas energetically, collaboratively creating machines and models, and expressing their interpretations of literature through art. Student work will be continuously showcased and celebrated in a culmination exhibitions of project work in which families and community members come to see student presentations of their learning. Our students will be engaged, inspired and motivated to learn.
Similarly, instruction will be driven by and a continuous review of student achievement data with targeted learning goals to meet the needs of the students with individualized instruction through blended learning, and one-on-one and small group instruction. Kidinnu believes every child can meet high expectations for success – beyond “proficiency” in core subjects.