FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) AND INFORMATION



What Is Logan Innovations: Personal Blended Learning Program?
Program Fundamentals?
Why Is Personalized Learning A Good Idea?
Mentor Teachers?
Adult Tutors?
Instructional Practices?
What Role Does Technology Play?
Who Can Participate In LHS Innovations?
How Do I Register?
Summer Term?




WHAT IS LOGAN INNOVATIONS: PERSONAL BLENDED LEARNING PROGRAM?

Logan Innovations gives students the advantage of personalized blended learning while still giving students the academic, elective, and extracurricular choices of a large comprehensive high school.

Logan Innovations provides a personalized learning plan and environment for every student. Each student has the opportunity to dynamically customize their schedule. Students may take anywhere from three to eight courses at a time. A student may complete a course as quickly as they demonstrate competency, with the option to begin taking a new course immediately thereafter. Students are able to fulfill high school graduation requirements at a faster pace. This approach allows students the capacity to focus deeply on fewer subjects at a time if they choose, thus increasing their motivation, sense of accomplishment, and empowered self-paced learning.

Logan Innovations offers all the core subjects in a competency-based format - Mathematics, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, and some electives. Students also have access to all courses, clubs, and activities offered at Logan High School, including special education classes and specialized courses such as Bridgerland, AP, and concurrent classes.

Personalized Learning Design Elements

    Student Agency

    Flexible Pacing

    Smaller Environment

    Supporting Student Needs

    Immediate Intervention and Supports

    Competency-based Curriculum

    Differentiated Instruction

    Quality Teaching

    Goal Setting and Tracking

    Frequent feedback

    Formative and Summative Assessment





PROGRAM FUNDAMENTALS

Self-paced learning:

  • Focus more deeply on fewer subjects
  • Increased sense of accomplishment
  • Allows for one-on-one tutoring
  • Individual conferences with mentor teacher to monitor academic progress of 2 credits per term minimum
  • Competency-Based Curriculum
  • Provides the opportunity for earning required graduation credits at a faster rate

A personal learning environment:

  • Meets the individual's need through differentiated instruction
  • Uses technology to improve learning flexibility within and outside of the 6.5 hour school day
  • Allows for access to all Logan High courses
  • Includes blended learning in small and large student groups in addition to individual and one-on-one instruction
  • Provides access to online courses 24/7 using provided individual student computers
  • Offers classrooms designed for collaborative learning

Path includes:

  • Guided learning labs
  • Technology designed for individualized learning
  • Teacher-led instruction
  • College and vocational career opportunities
  • Counselor guidance with College and Career Readiness Plan




WHY IS PERSONALIZED LEARNING A GOOD IDEA?

When it comes to small children, we know that they will learn to crawl, walk, and talk at different rates. We encourage them when they make progress and we help them when they stumble. If a child learns quickly, we help them progress to the next stage and if a child is struggling we intervene and give them the support they need to be successful. We understand at this age that every child is unique and learns at their own pace. Ironically, secondary schools are typically build on the assumption that all children should be treated more or less alike and one size fits all. Students often report that they are bored in school, either because they are ahead and the class is moving too slow or they don't understand the curriculum and have fallen behind. Personalized learning allows students to progress at their own pace with the support needed to be successful in a future that will require competencies unfamiliar to earlier generations.





MENTOR TEACHERS

In personalized learning, the teacher-student bond doesn't matter less; it matters more. Each student is paired to work with a mentor teacher and remain with their mentor all four years. Teachers get to know students and their families. Students know that we know them, and more importantly that we care about them.

Personalized learning creates deeper teacher-student bonds because the teacher has to know the student to customize a program and offer advice. Mentor teachers may meet with other teachers and students daily to discuss student needs and to help students plan. We believe it is critical that each student has a caring adult to supervise, counsel, and interact with them frequently. This helps students feel more comfortable in school and builds a sense of security. Students are no longer just faces and identification numbers who sit in a class for a short time each day; instead, they are individuals with their own unique sets of concerns, problems, and attitudes.





ADULT TUTORS AVAILABLE

It is not unusual for even very able students to struggle in certain classroom situations and with one or more school subjects. Adult tutors will be available on a daily basis to help any student throughout the day. One of the key advantages of the tutoring program is that the tutor is able to give the student one-on-one attention, taking into account their abilities as an individual and their personal learning style.

Tutors are not only available for students who need remediation, but also for maintenance, support, test prep, and enrichment. Tutors can help students focus on building concrete skills, work on strategies to help students succeed, and help with understanding difficult concepts.





INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES

Competency-Based Blended Learning Model

The blended learning model incorporates highly qualified teachers and a competency-based digital curriculum to deliver a personalized learning environment for each student.

This model is an efficient approach that allows us to meet the individual needs of each student. Instruction using this model is delivered through a classroom teacher using digital curriculum that is web-based in a face-to-face setting. Many different formats and schedules are possible, and teachers utilize whole class instruction, small-group instruction, and individual instruction.

Blended courses are a mix of traditional and online classroom structures.

Competency-based learning requires students to demonstrate proficiency in each skill or concept prior to moving on to new material.





WHAT ROLE DOES TECHNOLOGY PLAY?

Technology is no longer a supplement. Most children today are technologically fluent and make daily use of laptops and mobile devices. In a blended learning environment that leverages our one-to-one technology, students are not bound by their classroom walls in terms of access to information, knowledge, and experts. A digitally-rich learning environment provides students with the context and relevancy for learning that they want and is important to the development of 21st century skills to ensure a successful academic and work life.

So, the keys to personalized learning are providing access to appropriate technology, for the teacher to provide appropriate support when it's indicated, and to give students flexibility around physical space, learning time frames, and instructional pacing.

With this new paradigm of personalized instruction, instructors have an unprecedented opportunity to redefine their roles and scale personalized education like never before. “School” is no longer defined merely as a physical space, classrooms lined with rows of desks and a teacher who lectures at the front of the room - nor does a student's required curriculum have to involve a one-size-fits-all model that uses a single textbook. Anytime, anywhere learning that bridges formal and informal learning experiences is connected through the effective use of advanced technologies. Digital learning modalities combined with competency-based progressions prove fundamental to modernizing education systems that meet each student's unique needs.





WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN LHS INNOVATIONS?

The innovations program is available for any student! Some students may work at a faster pace and graduate with an associates degree or a Bridgerland certificate. Students who may need extra time on a skill or concept can receive the extra help and time they need. Students are expected to maintain a minimum pace of 2 credits per term, but may move faster.

Logan High offers opportunities for remediation and credit recovery. LHS Innovations is not intended to fulfill these services.





HOW DO I REGISTER?

Call 435-755-2380 ext 5027 with any registration questions and 435-755-2380 ext 5026 to register at LHS. Out of boundary permits may be accepted.

Registration wait list forms can also be submitted online at www.loganhigh.org.





SUMMER TERM

Students can start or continue earning credits in the summer! An optional summer term is offered for any LHS Innovations student. Students enjoy a flexible summer schedule and meet important learning goals. Course options may vary, and we maintain the same commitment to academic excellence and comprehensive content year-round.