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As parents, teachers, coaches, and pastors in Catholic education, we are continually searching for ways to provide our children/students with the knowledge necessary to become successful and the importance of making right choices, having moral integrity, and living in a state of young adults who seek God’s truth. Catholicism helps us to understand the wisdom of God and the importance of abiding by His law. Catholic schools teach the difference between right and grace. God created us all to be unique; therefore, possessing different skills, personalities, and learning styles; but He also allows us to make our own choices.

Rochester Catholic Schools understand the need to embrace change and will continue to grow and search for applicable methods of instruction, appropriate learning environments, and motivational strategies to give students a reason to learn. The Summit Learning Platform is one choice that offers students a non-traditional mode of teaching and learning. As with every field of study and profession, choices are the motivational factor which guide us, as individuals, in the direction we seek to engage and explore. By providing a learning environment which guides students on a path of self-directed learning, we create a community of social-emotional learners who feel a sense of belonging and engagement; the ultimate formula for academic success.

Generation Z learners today have challenged us to move beyond long-standing practices in education and embrace technology as a way of life. We must acknowledge the need for change and be flexible and open minded to new ways of teaching and learning. Instead of encouraging helplessness and elective laziness, we as educators must empower students to become competent and self-directed learners. We must provide them with the digital tools necessary to communicate, make informed and ethical decisions, and become motivated and goal-oriented.

Constant change is essential to meet the needs of our existing and future student population; therefore, our learning environments must be ever-changing to facilitate and empower learners to ask, “What did I learn?” not, “What grade did I get?”

“Train the young in the way they should go; even when old, they will not swerve from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Summit Learning Questions & Answers

Will students at St. Francis of Assisi and Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist be using the same curriculum standards?

Yes. Our students will be working on the same curricular standards. The difference is how students are demonstrating the work.

How does the Summit Learning Platform support classroom instruction?

The Summit Learning Platform is designed to support and complement face-to-face instruction. The platform contains student work in an organized way, provides two-way communication between the teacher and student about the work, and provides access to student progress and growth on content learning as well as cognitive skills. On the goals page, teachers can help students set short-term and long-term goals. The progress page allows for mentors to store notes about mentoring sessions and student progress on goals.

The Platform provides students with:
  • A single digital repository for their work instead of multiple digital spaces
  • A variety of resources to support content area learning
  • Varied pace of learning within focus areas
  • Real-time progress of where a learner is at which is utilized in goal setting and more
  • A weekly goal setting page that is unique to the student which he/she uses with the support of their teachers
  • A different avenue for formative feedback so students can take advantage of the notes and comments from his/her teacher to improve work

The Platform provides teachers with:

  • The ability to access real-time data to support learning within the classroom, projects and focus areas. This data informs and adds to teacher planning to determine the format of instruction which may include but are not limited to:
    • Whole class lessons
    • Small group workshops
    • Conferencing
    • Small group lessons during project time
  • The ability to look at grade level data to plan for and implement interventions as needed for learners who may require additional scaffolding
  • A place to add progress and mentoring notes for clear communication with families and students
  • Another way for teachers to collaborate and work with other teachers

What are the Cognitive Skills that the Summit Learning program discusses?

These are skills based on research done at the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning & Equity. The research yielded 36 interdisciplinary skills necessary for college and career readiness.

Can teachers alter, add, or change resources on the platform based on our faith, students, and more?

Absolutely! The platform readily enables teachers to incorporate, edit, and/or change out resources that he/she feels would be best to foster student learning on a concept.

I have heard about the 16 Habits of Success, what are those?

Students in Summit Learning have a weekly time set aside to meet with their assigned mentor to discuss, reflect, and plan on developing the 16 Habits of Success. This time enables teachers to get to know their students development in these areas to better be able to foster growth academically, socially, and emotionally.

What have other schools learned about screen time using this platform?

Schools who are participating in the program have commented that since they were a 1:1 school already (like RCS with its Chromebook program) that they have seen a reallocation of screen time as opposed to a drastic increase. Students are already accustomed to using their devices for Google docs, research, writing, digital resources like Khan Academy, IXL and other such functions.

Case Studies about schools succeeding with the Summit Learning Platform

"Holyoke Sees Early Success with Personalized Learning" - click here to read more

A collection of Summit School Case studies - click here to read more

What have other schools learned about having the Summit Learning Platform?

One school put together a very informative "Summit Myth vs Fact" that can be found by clicking here.