The K20 Center’s IDEALS framework sets the stage for the ten research-based practices linked directly to high student achievement. IDEALS is an acronym for Inquiry, Discourse, Equity, Authenticity, Leadership, and Service.
INQUIRY is the cyclical process in which learning communities engage in translating data into actions that inform instruction 1 by leveraging relevant data sources 2 and new knowledge in the form of research and external expertise 3 to generate and implement an innovation 4 to improve learner achievement, engagement, and/or empowerment. 5, 6
DISCOURSE brings participants together in intentional conversations 7 as part of a high-trust community 8 to share and examine their practices 9 in a continuous cycle 10 of improvement for all learners. 11
EQUITY is a fair and just principle which strives to ensure that the individual needs of all students are met, regardless of background 20, 21 and that holds high expectations for all students, 22 adjusting for differentiation and personalization based on needs. 18
AUTHENTICITY is a framework for meaningful, student-centered learning 25 in which individuals build on what they already know to create deep knowledge 24 as they engage in relevant learning tasks, problems, and challenges 27 guided by focused conversations grounded in the use of essential questions. 26
LEADERSHIP is the process of working collaboratively within a culture of interdependence and trust 28, 29 to foster inclusive practices and dialogue 28, 29 which serves to articulate and pursue a shared vision for growth and learning 32, 34, 35 for all stakeholders.
SERVICE encourages active engagement, civic responsibility and reflection 36, 37, 40 within a reciprocal relationship between students, faculty, and the community 38 to address community and school needs, through meaningful opportunities for learning and collaboration. 39
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