It's hard for the students to understand the idea of self-pace. It's difficult for them to realize that then they're done, they're done: they don't need to sit around waiting for their peers. But we've been tackling this by streamlining course completion times with goal-setting and planning.
Have a professional development system that includes coaching. Also have an instructional rubric so that there is a common language and professional expectations that everyone understands.
AdvancED Accreditation - Merit Learning Center is an approved alternative education program in Indiana. Merit Learning Center is the only approved program that has earned accreditation.
TAP System - Teacher Excellence.
Student Achievement. Opportunities for All - Merit Learning Center (through Goshen Community Schools) has successfully implemented the TAP System. All staff participates in weekly professional development meetins facilitated by a Master Teacher, a Mentor Teacher, and an Administrator.
Merit Learning Center is an accredited alternative school that serves five public school corporations in Elkhart County, Ind., for students in grades 10-12. The school strives to ensure that each student leaves the program with a high school diploma or, at minimum, the skills and resources necessary to continue their education and job-advancement in the future.
Contact: Kristen Watt
Merit Learning Center
801 W Wilkinson St