The Summit Learning Spotlight

Launched during the 2017-18 school year, the Summit Learning Spotlight celebrates community-nominated teachers and schools across the country that stand out as exemplars of personalized learning implementation and instruction.

Summit Learning Spotlight 2018-19

Nominations for the 2018-19 Summit Learning Spotlight are now open! We're looking to share stories and practices of both schools and educators participating in the Summit Learning Program.

This year's Spotlight will have a theme around different components of personalized learning implementation and instruction. This year, the theme is "Parents as partners in learning." We're especially looking for stories and practices around the questions below. Please nominate a school or an educator (could be yourself!) by Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

  • How has the school or educator helped parents to coach their child and support their learning outside of school?
  • How has the school or educator provided opportunities for parents to learn about and take action around their child's progress?
  • How has the school or educator communicated clearly and consistently with parents about Summit Learning, both about positives and areas of growth? If applicable, share examples of tools or resources that helped inform parents about the program.
  • How has the school or educator created a classroom or school culture where parents have flexibility in how they contribute to their child's education?
  • What opportunities has the school or educator provided for parents to celebrate the hard work and growth of students?

2017-2018 Summit Learning Spotlight Schools

Implementing Summit Learning represents a fundamental commitment to meeting the needs of all students. Spotlight schools were selected for embracing this commitment and setting its students on the path toward success.

  • Spotlight schools are committed to helping students develop the skills, knowledge, and habits they need to succeed in college, career, and life — and to addressing the needs of all learners.
  • Spotlight schools exemplify Summit Learning's values and practices, specifically that:
    • Students are known deeply inside and outside of the classroom, and they have an adult who is their mentor supporting them in defining and achieving their goals.
    • Students become advocates for themselves, understand their passions and interests, and set and track long-term goals rooted in these passions and interests.
    • Students' curiosity is ignited through hands-on projects that develop invaluable life skills, such as communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity.
  • Spotlight schools are creating a strong culture that empowers students to be self-directed learners and prepares teachers to meet the needs of each student.
  • Spotlight schools have shown a commitment to providing time and space for authentic collaboration and reflection between teachers, school leaders, and the broader community to ensure the best education is available for all students.

2017-2018 Summit Learning Spotlight Teachers

The classrooms of Spotlight teachers shine in five key Summit Learning areas that were used to determine Spotlight teachers:

  • Spotlight teachers are committed to helping students develop the skills, knowledge, and habits they need to succeed in college, career, and life — and to addressing the needs of all learners.
  • Spotlight teachers exemplify Summit Learning's values and practices, specifically that:
    • Teachers know students deeply inside and outside of the classroom, provide mentoring, and support them in defining and achieving their goals.
    • Teachers empower students to become advocates for themselves, understand their passions and interests, and set and track long-term goals rooted in these passions and interests.
    • Teachers ignite students' curiosity through hands-on projects that develop invaluable life skills, such as communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity.
  • Spotlight teachers create a strong culture that empowers students to be self-directed learners.
  • Spotlight teachers reflect on classroom progress to continuously improve your practice over time.
  • Spotlight teachers collaborate with colleagues in your school building and across the Summit Learning community to share best practices that can lead to better outcomes for students.