All means all. That is the foundation of the LEAD Academic Model, once that is rooted in social-emotional learning and support and a steadfast belief in our Ethos. We work daily, year-round, to ensure our academic model pushes students to hone the skills necessary for both college and life success.
The LPS Instructional Model for English Language Arts is grounded in textual analysis: students are required to do repeated close readings of grade-level complex texts to guide meaning-making. LPS teachers use the network’s ELA framework as a model to engage students in textual analysis using our adopted curricular resources. The framework is designed to ensure all students are provided opportunities to access complex texts through multiple, short cycles of Read-Write-Discuss-Revise, moving from teacher-led close reading to independent textual analysis.
We believe integration of reading and writing is essential to developing thoughtful and successful students prepared for college and life.
LEAD’s Instructional Model for Mathematics is grounded in task-based learning: students solve complex problems (tasks) in order to make meaning of concepts and connect them to mathematics procedures. LEAD teachers use the network’s math framework as a model to engage students in task-based learning using our adopted curricular resources. The framework models task-based learning by breaking into four phases of a lesson: Launch, Explore, Summary, and Generalization and Application. Each phase is designed to ensure all students are provided opportunities to access complex tasks, develop multiple approaches to solving a task, and engage in mathematical discourse with their peers and teacher about their solution paths. These phases also exist to shift from teacher-led instruction to collaborative and independent problem-solving. CPM's Core Connections serve as the curricular resource because of its strong alignment to the Tennessee Academic Standards and Mathematical Practice Standards and its selection of high quality and appropriately rigorous tasks.
In order to fulfill LEAD’s mission, it is vital that students engage in a rigorous and coherent social studies program that ensures college and career readiness by integrating the Literacy Standards as outlined by the Tennessee Academic Standards with the content of the Tennessee State Standards for social studies. LEAD’s social studies program includes a strong emphasis on methods of inquiry, analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary sources, and effective communication of thoughts and ideas to take informed action As with ELA and math, LPS teachers are provided a social studies framework to guide their instructional practices.
The Framework includes a balance of instructional formats, instructional strategies, and instructional content. The instructional formats include a variety of strategies to assist in learning a new skill: modeling, sharing, guiding, and developing independence. This model provides a flexible structure for the teacher to assess what individual students need and to give the students the support to learn and practice strategies so that they can become strong readers, critical thinkers, and precise writers through a gradual release of responsibility.
LEAD recognizes that science is more than a collection of facts.
Instead we know the value of scientific practices, or scientific habits of mind. LEAD seeks to develop students’ capability to engage in scientific inquiry and to teach them how to reason in a scientific context because we know this type of critical thinking will ensure they are ready for college and life. LEAD’s science model draws on the recommendations set for by the National Research Council's 2011 release of the Framework for K-12 Science Education. We employ the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) 5E Instructional Model because of its strengths in providing teachable moments through inquiry-based instruction. Furthermore, the model allows students space to develop scientific habits of mind while engaging in learning new scientific concepts and skills.