At Pathways, we offering a range of educational services to support student's personalized learning plans. These resources include:
- Curriculum: We can purchase curriculum from over 50 catalog vendors (see Curriculum Catalogs from the Academics tab). We also have a collection of recommended and commonly used curriculum in our regional curriculum libraries (see link under Academics). Over the past two years, we have developed charts of recommended curriculum by subject and grade level which help parents new to the model of Independent Study consider different aspects of curriculum. These charts can also be found on the links to the right under each subject area.
- Classes: We offer a variety of classes at our offices and learning centers. To learn more about what is offered in your region, go to the Regions tab across the home page bar- select your county/region and then select the link for "classes". We also sponsor classes offered by a variety of community vendors. This information is also found on each regional page under the tab "VCI" for vendor course instructors. These vendors range from art studios to nature exploration camps.
- Online Courses and Enrichment: We offer stand-alone 9-12 grade online courses and supplementary online core curriculum for K-12. This information is found under the on the pages in the menu to the right, and can be ordered through the Online Curriculum Order Form or directly through the vendor (see instructions for each specific vendor).
- Field Trips: Each year we sponsor a range of exciting field trips for all ages. To learn more about this year's trips, select Academics from the top menu bar and then Field Trips..
One of the greatest benefits of a personalized learning program like Pathways is the choice of curriculum. However, we also know that it can be a daunting task to research and review the tremendous range of options available. With the transition to Common Core, as a school, we want to ensure that the curriculum our families use meets these new standards and builds the type of critical thinking needed of a 21st-century student. In 2014, teachers met in subject specialty groups to review curriculum materials and make recommendations for students in our independent study model. The charts listed below comprise the culmination of these groups’ work (with updates added as they become available). The groups were asked to consider the following elements when conducting their reviews:
- Does the curriculum cover the Common Core State Standards (or California content standards, esp. re Social Studies and Science)?
- Does the curriculum promote the use of key CCSS methods or strategies, such as close reading, text-dependent questions, academic vocabulary, claims supported by evidence and analysis, research, other?
- How “independent study friendly” is the curriculum? Can parents implement it in their role as daily teachers and ISTs use it for weekly assigning?
- What other key elements of a comprehensive curriculum plan should be addressed by any resource in your subject area?
Please review the charts for your child’s grade level, found on the subject-specific pages in the menu to the right, and plan to visit a regional Pathways’ Library in August when we will have a majority of the recommended curricula available for preview. Once you have determined the curriculum components that will work well for your child, you can work with your IST to find copies in our libraries or order a new set for your child. (Please see the student handbook for more information on ordering guidelines.) These charts are by no means an exhaustive list of all of the possible materials a family in our program could use, but they do serve as a starting place in your search for curriculum components.