Learning Academy Blog

Supporting Students through AVID at Legend High School and Sagewood Middle School
Traditionally, middle schools and high schools have had practices in place to support struggling learners and gifted learners. But what about the kids in the academic middle? Kids who might not be working up to their potential? Kids who need organizational support and…
Secondary Literacy - Skill Acquisition Or Reading For Meaning?
There has been longstanding debate around secondary literacy. Is it more important to continue teaching reading skills to struggling older readers or is it more important to teach comprehension strategies and have students read for meaning?
Meeting the Needs of 6th Graders: Classroom Makeover at South Ridge Elementary
Challeen, a wonderful 6th grade teacher at Southridge was one of our most enthusiastic classroom makeover winners! She had already implemented flexible seating halfway through last school year, so she was well aware of the voice and choice it provided her sixth-grade…
Personalized Learning Menus in 1st Grade By Kristen Wright and Erin Cordova
Content. Content. Content. In our experience working with other teachers in and out of the district, one question that we get consistently is about content. “If you are doing all of this to personalize learning, how are you reaching all of your science and social…
Sagewood Middle School Classroom Makeover By Kirsten Sola & Jessica Craig
Mary Hogan at Sagewood Middle School wanted to give her students a modern, bright, and cheerful learning space. We randomly chose her name out of the hat for our Twitter contest, and we quickly got to work to transform her social studies classroom.
Parties with a Purpose By Kirsten Sola
At Stone Mountain Elementary in Highlands Ranch, school parties go beyond eating snacks and playing games. Students use  parties as an opportunity to make an impact in their community through Service Learning! For each party, the school partners with a different…
Integrated Units: City of Ember By Kirsten Sola
How can teachers integrate Design Thinking, STEAM, Science, and the 4 Cs into literacy? Lindsey Anderson at Cherokee Trail Elementary designed an integrated unit around The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. She used the book as a jumping off point for an engaging unit…
Youth Farmer's Market
Third grade students at Lone Tree Elementary in Lone Tree saw a problem in their community. In their neighborhood, there isn’t a farmer’s market offering homemade items and local, organic foods. Their solution was to create a youth farmer’s market at their school to…