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Innovation Academy Guidelines

Guidelines for the Academy Instructional Model including an overview of the model, classroom artifacts that demonstrate the model and information on the PBL planning and implementation Process and additional artifacts

The UTTIA District Model explains the research-based model for creating and sustaining a school culture that promotes collaboration, connectivity, and excellence for all students. It includes a bulleted summary for each of the topics in the model, providing the reader a quick view of a large body of content. To borrow a common analogy, it gives the reader the “big rocks” and the “medium rocks” of problem-based learning (PBL), PrBL (problem-based learning), and instructional coaching. Should the reader want more information, there are many books available that provide deep dives into the topics in the model. This provides a one-stop-shop for PBL, PrBL, and instructional coaching.

The primary instructional model being used at the UT Tyler Innovation Academy schools is project- or problem-based learning. Project- or problem-based learning is an inquiry-based instructional model where students learn content standards through their creation of a project or finding a solution to a problem.

Why is this resource useful?

Project- and problem-based learning provide students to learn their content while doing both of these job skills of the future. For most teachers, this kind of instruction isn’t an easy shift. Most current teachers learned using a much more traditional type of instruction. Depending on the age of the teacher, this was okay at the time for the future jobs of that time. In 2018, we have a problem with our workforce. The workers that colleges and high schools are producing must have the skills to do the work of today. Education must be responsive to the job market and PBL/PrBL are excellent ways to do that. Teachers need support no matter what kind of instructional strategy they use. Instructional coaching is a respectful way of helping teachers grow their practice so they can help students grow in their learning.

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