Hilliard City Schools

Project Description


The district culture is one in which teachers and students are empowered and inspired to teach and learn from one another. Learning is a partnership and a shared experience in a student centered classroom. Student learning is personalized and encourages critical thinking.

Reflection Question

How can I create a personalized learning environment that encourages students to own their learning?

Look Fors

1. Teacher is a facilitator that deepens knowledge by asking probing questions to provoke critical thinking.

2. The students and teachers take ownership in learning and overall classroom by becoming partners in learning. Ongoing and timely feedback is provided to students and teachers.

3. Teachers and students inspire each other’s exploration that leads to discovery and further questions from inquiry.


  • Teacher holds students to high expectations

  • Classroom, teachers and students model a Growth Mindset
  • Technology is a means to the end, not the end. It’s not about the device but how technology integration enhances and enriches student learning.

  • Learning is a blend between traditional & digital

  • Creativity

  • Innovation

  • Steeped in spontaneity

  • Flexible and ever changing

  • Activities create the need to know

  • Develops the “5th C” of 21st Century skills “connected”

  • Everyone works to develop problem-solving and troubleshooting skills

  • Ability to adapt to unpredicted situations

  • Emphasizing an atmosphere where student advocacy, initiative, adaptability, work ethic are fostered. (Character traits essential for future success)
  • Don’t let software or apps dictate the learning goals!

  • Eliminate:  “I can’t do this because I don’t have that . . .”

  • System-wide support for all community learners (students, teachers and parents). Encourage and support risk taking for all.

  • Device use is organic to everyday classroom use


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