Learning with ICL Academy is inspiring, flexible, and engaging while meeting college and career readiness standards. Our curriculum empowers students to think critically and apply their knowledge in authentic ways through Impact Learning.
Inspired by a college learning approach, we utilize an "active learning" model with a combination of asynchronous work time and synchronous seminars. The information below outlines how we implement the active-learning model within our curriculum.
Each lesson begins with 30 minutes of asynchronous instruction. Students will view written information, graphics, and images with audio clips that further support the content. Supplemental resources, such as videos and study sites are also provided to help students deepen their understanding.
After viewing the instructional information, students will complete a practice assessment to check for their understanding. Practice assessments are typically 10 questions with a mixture of multiple-choice, matching, ordering, and fill-in-the-blank questions. These assessments are automatically graded so students can receive immediate feedback to gauge their understanding of the lesson.
Once students have an understanding of the content and topics, they will produce an open-ended assignment that utilizes skills from the week. Application assignments vary across levels and courses but many require students to analyze materials and think critically about concepts. Students will pull evidence from course resources as well as make connections to their own experiences. At times, application assignments could build over the weeks and lead to an end-of-unit product. Students also have opportunities for choice and collaboration as well as connecting their passions to application tasks.
LIVE SEMINARS AND DISCUSSIONS
In the first 30 minutes of the seminar, teachers will address and support the weekly topics. This is an opportunity to ask questions, clarify any misunderstandings and discuss examples to enhance the students' understanding of the asynchronous materials.
During the final 15 minutes of the seminar, students will have a class discussion which allows them to collaborate with peers. Discussion prompts will allow students to share opinions and make connections to the content.
If students can not attend a seminar, they can view the seminar recording at their convenience. Students will submit a quick seminar reflection that states what they learned as well as post their discussion response asynchronously. This way, students still feel a part of the learning community while still having flexibility with coursework.
At the end of each unit, students will take an assessment to demonstrate their understanding. This could be a standardized assessment or a final product.
High school students have the opportunity to take courses at the honors level. Honors students will complete an end-of-unit project that demonstrates a deeper understanding of the course materials. Projects vary across subjects, but many projects require students to analyze materials and form a connection to topics throughout the unit. In addition, honors students will also complete a semester-long capstone project.