Teaching and Learning

Our District 51 Learning Model focuses on creating learner agency through effective, evidence-based instruction of both academic and social/emotional standards. Our model is made explicit in our D51 Teaching & Learning Framework, which provides a foundation for instructional excellence. We believe this model best facilitates students’ mastery of the Colorado Academic Standards.


No matter what limitations may be imposed on our instruction by public health guidelines, this model will remain in place for teaching and learning during the 2020 -21 school year. School staff will be expected to support in-person learning to the greatest extent possible and support remote learning when necessary.

Our D51 Learning Model fosters learner agency through ...

Design for Learning

  • All lessons and units are developed using workshop instructional practices.
  • Teachers facilitate learning by determining an end goal and planning backwards from there to help each student reach that goal.
Learner-Centered Environment
  • Learners are at the center of a responsive learning environment that promotes continuous improvement and focuses on the whole child.
  • Teachers facilitate multiple, flexible pathways for learners to engage in and demonstrate their learning.
  • Teachers use workshop routines, procedures, and systems to create a safe, predictable learning environment.
Monitoring Learning
  • Teachers use a variety of assessment criteria, methods, and purposes to make learning expectations transparent to students.
  • Multiple opportunities are provided for learners to demonstrate their learning.
  • Our reflective learners participate in ongoing feedback cycles.
  • Progress and movement towards mastery is clearly defined and reported in a timely manner.
Professional Engagement
  • Teachers use the D51 Unified Curriculum and aligned resources to support collaboration with colleagues in Learning Communities.
  • Our D51 Educators self-reflect in their implementation of the D51 Learning Model and Workshop for All practices, using data and coaching cycles to drive continuous improvement of their instructional practices. 

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