Thutong Learning center’s mission is to provide personalized, tailored learning environments in order to meet the different learning needs of students. Typically technology and hands on approach is used to facilitate personalized learning environments. Making a Real-World Connection approach: In creating a real-world connection, you are embedding a rich curriculum in which students will learn and practice skills, gather and present information, and solve problems. Indeed, the real-world connection is a strong distinguishing element of this learning approach that makes it so motivating for students and preparing them to succeed in school, college and careers. Our approach to curriculum makes standards come alive for students by connecting learning to real-world issues and needs. Academically rigorous,project-based learning expeditions, case studies, projects, fieldwork, and service learning inspire students to think and work as professionals, contributing high-quality work to authentic audiences beyond the classroom. Our centers ensure that all students have access to a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, and regularly analyze that curriculum to align with those standards
As the roles of science, mathematics, and technology grow in our society, schools must prepare students to thrive in a highly complex world. Thutong Learning center believes that educated citizens of the 21st century must have a solid background in science, technology, engineering and math. With knowledge in these areas, students will be able to keep up with the rapid growth of the technological innovations happening daily. By providing children with innovative engineering design robotics, programming, Principles of Engineering, Computer Science Principle, challengeschildren learn naturally to question and solve problems. Thutong Learning Center students will be competent mathematicians and writers, who can do research and investigate questions they will face in high school, college, and throughout their careers.
Our classrooms are alive with discovery, inquiry, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration. Teachers/Facilitators talk less. Students talk (and think) more and take ownership of their learning. Lessons have explicit purpose, guided by learning targets for which students take ownership and responsibility. Student engagement strategies and activities serve to differentiate instruction and maintain high expectations to bring out the best in all students, cultivating a culture of high achievement. We also include community-based projects and internships at partner organizations and businesses as part of our educational model through the Workplace Learning Experience. During part of their final year grade year, all Lesedi Academy students will go to work at an internship site where they learn from an employer mentor and complete a project with measurable outcomes.
Our leaders, teachers, mentors and students embrace the concept of student-engaged learning in education. Why? Because it builds student ownership of learning, drives achievement, and focuses students on reaching standards-based learning targets. Students continually conduct learning assessments and improve the quality of their work through models, reflection, critique, rubrics, mentor, and teacher assistance. And staff members conduct ongoing data inquiry and analysis, examining factors including student work and results of formal educational assessments. Using this approach, we promote educational equity across our center.
Our center fosters a culture of respect, responsibility, courage, and kindness, where students and adults are committed to quality work and citizenship. School structures and traditions—such as crew, community meetings, exhibitions of student work, and service learning—ensure that every student is known and cared for, student leadership is nurtured, and contributions to the school and world are celebrated. Students and staff are supported to do better work and be better people than they thought possible.
Our school leaders build a cohesive vision focused on student achievement and continuous improvement. And they align all activities with that vision. Leaders use data wisely, boldly shape school structures to best meet student needs, celebrate joy in learning, and build a school-wide culture of trust and collaboration. Leadership in our centers goes beyond a single person or team; it’s a role and expectation for all and all courses meet A-G requirements for post-secondary acceptance.