Summit Adapted Tools Introduction

Summit Adapted Tools


Summit Adapted Tools Introduction

Summit Adapted Tools

Over the past couple of years, the Summit Learning team has evolved how it supports schools to implement the Summit Learning Program to focus on 1) building deeper comprehension of the Summit model and 2) understanding what day to day practices are most helpful in successful implementations. The Summit team has adapted the co-created content into a variety of tools to increase support for Summit Learning schools.

Summit Learning Adapted Tools

Summit Learning schools engage in a self-paced onboarding experience designed to build a foundational understanding of core elements of the Summit Learning Program prior to engaging in the in-person summer trainings. This School Leader Onboarding Toolkit helps school leaders and teams determine what, if any, changes need to happen prior to launching the Summit Learning Program (e.g., proposing a different bell schedule to the school board). Within the toolkit is a diagnostic tool, built from the Site Level Conditions, that helps schools reflect on the various conditions required for quality personalized learning implementation. Schools are partnered with mentors who support them in their areas of need. This pre-work provides a smooth transition to the summer training experience by ensuring that leaders have exposure to the model and are clear on how to prepare for the start of school.

Planning for Summit Learning in the Classroom: Support for Educators

Summit has also created a set of high-leverage instructional strategies based on the Instructional Look Fors. The Summit Learning instructional coaching model uses the instructional strategies and Look Fors to shift practice in the classroom.

In addition, Summit has developed Math Look Fors (with an associated observation tool) and World Language Look Fors (with a sample lesson planning template) to supplement the core set of Instructional Look Fors.

To further ground the work of personalized learning in a set of shared beliefs and habits, Summit has adapted the mindsets work into a Commitment Meeting on Habits for instructional coaches and educators to establish shared expectations as they begin their coaching partnership.

Supporting educator mindsets: Three levers

Summit Learning has adapted the mindsets resource for three main uses:

  • School leader and educator PD on "Habits of Success" includes having these educators examine their beliefs and social-emotional behaviors, aligned to Summit's 16 Habits of Success. Some of these beliefs and behaviors pull directly or indirectly from the mindsets resource.

  • Summit Learning's guidance around weekly coaching cycles between instructional coaches and educators includes setting and upholding commitments aligned to Summit's Habits of Success and pulled directly or indirectly from the mindsets resource.

  • Summit Learning's guidance around educator hiring and onboarding (adapted from the Conditions resource) includes considering the mindsets in hiring and onboarding. Some Summit Learning schools adapt these mindsets as screening criteria in hiring; others reinforce them in setting expectations and aligning around school culture in the onboarding process for new educators.

In all three of these cases, Summit Learning has not directly taken the mindsets in the resource, but rather adapted that 'source material' to align with its Habits of Success and schools' specific priorities and emphases. We recommend any school taking up these resources also engages in that type of adaptation and customization work; this activity has been especially fruitful for starting that work.