The mission of LLA is to provide an innovative teaching method to help achieve a high degree of academic success while developing problem-solving skills, independent learners, and future leaders in all of our students. Project CHILD (Changing How Instruction for Learning is Delivered) is the innovative teaching method that is part of our mission.
Project CHILD is supported by Innovative Educational Programs LLC and is a research based teaching and learning system. The emphasis is on reading, writing, and mathematics. Science and social studies curriculum are incorporated throughout the day-to-day instruction. CHILD is a three-dimensional model that differs from the traditional model which is designed around a single teacher in a single grade. The CHILD triangulated design changes the traditional classroom in several dynamic ways. Three teachers form cluster teams – one teacher for reading, one for writing, and one for mathematics. Clusters teams work across three grade levels; grades 1 – 3 for a primary cluster and grades 4 – 6 for an intermediate cluster. The Kindergarten teachers at LLA teach either Math or Language Arts and switch their classes everyday. Teachers work with the same students for three years allowing a unique opportunity for teachers to become experts in each student’s individual strengths and abilities as well as learning how to work with each student’s weaknesses. Cluster teachers will be able to collaborate with each other and discuss effective instructional techniques for each individual child creating a three year team-teaching method.
The teaching methods in CHILD are also different than the traditional “one-teacher/one-classroom” teaching style. After direct instruction from their teacher, students work independently and then in collaborative groups at three types of learning stations within their cluster. Students rotate to the three classrooms in their cluster for 90 minute rotations each day. Each classroom has a Computer Station for technology-based work, a Textbook Station for paper/pencil and project work, and three additional Activity Stations in that specific subject area for hands-on work. There is also a Teacher Station in every classroom for small group tutorials and individual assistance. There are six stations total in each of the 3 classrooms and the students typically go to one per day, so three stations total everyday. The organizational tools and materials can be supplemented by the CHILD system.
Project CHILD is an instructional delivery system designed to fit with a variety of software, textbooks, and resources within the CHILD station format. These resources and materials enhance and supplement our curriculum.
The goal of all curricula chosen by LLA is to:
LLA’s curriculum is centered on research-based instructional materials and serves as the foundation for delivering the Utah Core Standards as stated in our mission. We will strive to meet the needs of all learners and promote high academic success with all curriculum materials. The LLA Board of Directors, administration, and faculty will always be looking for new, innovative research-based curriculums and will review student outcomes and instructional materials for effectiveness, making adjustments as necessary for the academic success of all students.
The vision of LLA is to create and nurture lifelong skills in our students that will challenge them to be confident and independent learners that will inspire others, achieve high academic success, have accountability for themselves and their education, and help lead our future.
LLA will strive to meet the needs of all learners and will promote student-directed lessons and daily practice. The focus will remain on modeling ways for our students to become independent thinkers, learners, and leaders while giving them every opportunity for academic growth and success. Leadership development will be a focus in every grade at LLA. Teacher modeling of good leadership strategies and practices will be a part of the LLA school culture. CHILD promotes leadership by encouraging self-discipline, self-correcting strategies, self- regulated on task behavior, collaboration among peers, time management, problem solving, conflict resolution, and the development of strong communication skills. CHILD also provides multiple opportunities for students and teachers to develop a relationship where students can help in the facilitation of many leadership roles within the classroom framework.
LLA will promote student character education to reaffirm values and qualities of character which promote an upright and desirable citizenry. The civic education will help cultivate informed students, encourage responsible participation in political life, and promote the fundamental values and principles of representative democracy in Utah and the United States.
We will teach patriotic education as part of the social studies curricula. Examples of civic education include:
Exemptions to civic education are outlined under Utah Rule.