An independent girls’ school gives teachers significant autonomy to contribute to original curriculum planning

3 ways to create curriculum with real-life relevance

This school gives its teachers significant autonomy to contribute to original curriculum planning--enabling teachers and students to link learning to real life

When a school is fortunate to have exceptional teachers with diverse backgrounds, those teachers can draw on their experiences and interests to create a strong, engaging, and original curriculum.

Our school, Laurel School, is one such school. Laurel School is a nationally recognized independent K-12 day school for girls, and it includes a co-ed pre-primary as well.

The curriculum is shaped in part by a diverse staff with unique interests and a creative mentality for turning those interests into special opportunities for our learners. The curriculum reflects research on the power of growth mindset, best practices for girls, and proven approaches for introducing girls to the fascinating world of STEM and STEAM professions.

Our educators have the freedom to move beyond the standards and build on those interests as they create unique curricula for their students.

Creative curriculum shaped by a unique campus

The school’s location in historic Shaker Heights, Ohio, affords an interesting backdrop to discovery. Third graders, for example, have created a Shaker Village, staging reenactments by blending history, mathematics, and language arts. They learn how everything fits together, and it becomes a fun and memorable approach to interdisciplinary learning. The Shaker unit is an excellent example of teacher-inspired learning.

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