CLEAR’s model ‘Fostering Communities of Learners’ (FCL) is a constructivist model of teaching and learning which “embodies many traditions of democratic, student-centered, and inquiry-based instruction” (Mintrop, 2004). FCL will allow teachers and students to work collaboratively in a community environment that supports individualized goals, self-reflective learning, deep understanding of content and shared and collaborative learning. At CLEAR our desire is to change the current educational landscape. “Learning must become more social, authentic, adapted to individual motivations and abilities, reflective and strategic” (van den Broek, 2012).
CLEAR Public Charter School will use multi-year looping as an approach to instruction that supports our mission, vision, educational program as well as our model, ‘Fostering Communities of Learners’ (FCL). Educators at CLEAR will follow students for two consecutive years providing consistency in instructional practices, academic accountability, social and emotional learning, relationships, systems and procedures.
Mastery-based progression is an innovative and transparent system of tracking student progress and reflecting individualized growth. This grading and reporting system focuses on progress towards mastery of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and will reflect and document all student growth, proficiency and academic objectives as well as non-academic factors which include social and ethical behaviors that contribute to overall student success. A student will demonstrate a level of mastery according to an assigned performance level. Mastery is defined as knowing and understanding the skill or concept and applying it to more complex in-depth learning demonstrated through a performance-based assessment. These assessments can be composed of complex problems and/or student work products related to the skill or concept.