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Table of Contents

Our Vision for Students


The Science behind Summit Learning


The Summit Learning Program 6 Program Requirements 4 Program Calendar 8 Application & Enrollment Process 11 Join Us

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Our Vision for Students At Summit Learning, we envision an education system that consistently connects all students to the learning experiences they need to achieve research-based, comprehensive student development outcomes. We believe that students from all backgrounds have the same potential for success, and we celebrate the individual differences that young people bring to an educational environment. Rooted in these core beliefs, Summit Learning is an approach to teaching and learning that drives strong student engagement, meaningful learning, and deep studentteacher relationships. Apply now

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Cognitive Skills

The Science of Summit Learning Developed in partnership with nationallyacclaimed learning scientists and researchers, every element of the Summit Learning approach is grounded in what science tells us about how students learn best. The Summit Learning instructional approach is centered around three outcomes: Cognitive Skills, Content Knowledge, and Habits of Success.

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Content Knowledge Habits of Success





Cognitive Skills, such as asking

Content Knowledge is the

Habits of Success are mindsets and

questions, oral presentation, and

understanding and application of

behaviors that support academic

interpreting data, are the essential

facts and concepts. Students need

achievement and well-being. The

and transferable lifelong skills that

a broad Content Knowledge base in

Summit Learning approach incorporates

all students need for success in

order to put Cognitive Skills to work.

Turnaround for Children’s Building

college, career, and life. The Summit

The Summit Learning approach puts

Blocks for Learning as our framework

Learning approach supports students to

students at the center of their learning

for defining Habits of Success, with

apply these skills—along with Content

journeys, empowering them to set goals

16 fundamental social-emotional

Knowledge and Habits of Success—

and work through standards-aligned

learning skills that students need in

within projects to prepare them for real-

content. Students not only deepen

order to navigate change and thrive

world scenarios they’ll encounter in life.

their knowledge of a particular content

as independent learners. This social-

topic in each course, but also build their

emotional learning is integrated into all

understanding of how they learn best

aspects of school culture. Through weekly

and explore their academic interests

1:1 mentoring and self-directed learning

further — laying the foundation for a

opportunities, teachers meet students

lifelong love of learning.

where they are and and help them

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See it in Action

develop habits such as self-awareness, tenacity, and growth mindset.

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How can we achieve these outcomes for all students? The Summit Learning program designed a teaching and learning experience based on three components: Mentoring



During weekly 1:1 mentoring sessions,

Projects give students hands-on

Across all subject areas and Summit

students and their teachers use a

experience with real-world scenarios like

Learning program components, students

rigorous and customized set of tools

collaborating with a team, interpreting

are guided by their teachers and mentor

to set goals, determine strategies, and

data, and presenting a persuasive

through a cycle that teaches them how

reflect on successes and setbacks.

argument. All projects end with a final

to learn. Students develop the ability to

The content of these conversations is

product. Teachers provide students with

set goals, select appropriate strategies

individualized so that students can see

the right support through 1:1 working

to achieve those goals, implement

how habits support and hinder their

sessions or small-group workshops to

their learning plan, and reflect on the

academic, extracurricular, and personal

ensure they meet or exceed grade-

outcomes. This Self-Direction cycle

success, as well as show areas where

level expectations. Math units provide

promotes a growth mindset and can be

support is needed.

students with consistent opportunities to

applied to any task in life.

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problem-solve, reason, and think critically. Students learn to solve unfamiliar real-

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world and mathematical problems, identify patterns, make connections between topics, and other complex skills as they build procedural fluency on a foundation of conceptual understanding.

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We have been blown away by the success our students have had. Our state test scores have risen, students are engaged, and they are learning skills that will help them in high school, college, and beyond.� Jamie McLing, Educator Eastern Idaho

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The Summit Learning Program Summit Learning is a free program that provides schools across the U.S. with the tools, resources, and training they need to implement the instructional approach in a way that meets each community’s individual needs and vision.

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Participating Summit Learning schools receive the following: Curricula & Assessments

Professional Development

Summit Learning provides complete, standards-aligned

Summit Learning also offers professional development

curriculum for grades 4-12. This includes projects, content,

opportunities for our partners. All new schools participate

and assessments—all of which can be customized by

in an intensive Summer Training to help plan and prepare

schools. Summit Learning is dedicated to adapting

for the change management process of implementing the

best-in-field materials and practices that have been

Summit Learning instructional approach at their school.

validated through external review, piloting, and revision.

In addition, schools have the opportunity to participate in

Additionally, the Base Curriculum is able to be customized

trainings led by the Summit Learning team multiple times

by individual schools and teachers in order to meet

throughout the year.

your local context and student needs. View our guest curriculum to explore Summit Learning projects and content in greater depth. You can find more information about how the curriculum was developed in the Summit Learning Curriculum Overview.

Summit Learning platform This free online tool helps organize the different components of the Summit Learning instructional approach. The platform supports students through the

Ongoing Support

different steps of their projects and serves as the portal

Every Summit Learning school receives ongoing support

students take tests and access a variety of materials to

from the Summit Learning team and a dedicated School

help them learn content, all in one central place. Students,

Success Manager, who provides coaching on change

teachers, and family members have access to real-time

leadership, instructional leadership, and implementation.

information about students’ academic progress on the

School Success Managers conduct regular check-ins and help

platform, creating a strong support system for students and a

build community and collaboration between schools.

culture of transparency. The platform also allows for students

for students to submit each assignment. On the platform,

to set goals in preparation for their 1:1 mentor check-ins and reflect on their past goals.

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Program Requirements Creating a Summit Learning environment often requires making fundamental changes to the way teachers and students approach learning. In order to ensure a successful implementation that empowers teachers to meet the needs of every student, Summit Learning schools are held to the following program requirements:

Team Commitments to Program Participation

X Secure commitment from school and district leadership for program implementation X Commit that any student participating in Summit Learning will do so across the four core classes of English, math, history, and science X Instructional leader will participate in regular coaching with a Summit Learning School Success Manager

School Calendar and Bell Schedule

X Develop an academic calendar and class schedule that supports all three components of the Summit Learning instructional approach — Mentoring, Projects, and Self-Direction X Mentor each student in 1:1 check-ins at least 10 mins/week

Instruction and Assessment

X Engage students in projects and assess student performance based on the Summit Cognitive Skills Rubric X Teach and assess students in mathematics based on conceptual understanding X Ensure that grading policies align with Summit Learning’s grading philosophy X Administer the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment two times per year (fall and spring) to all students participating in the program, and share MAP results with the Summit Learning program. Please note: Schools are responsible for the cost and administration of the NWEA MAP assessment

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For more details on the program requirements, visit the Summit Learning website.

Professional Development Requirements

X Attend professional development trainings hosted by the Summit Learning program

Technical Requirements

X Use the Summit Learning platform as the supporting tool for classroom work X Ensure that every student has a laptop or Chromebook with a keyboard X Use Google Chrome browser and G-Suite for Education (Gmail and Google Docs) or Office365 X Use Clever or manual enrollment codes to sync student information with the Summit Learning platform X Have sufficient internet access in every classroom to support a full 1:1 computing environment X Connect the Summit Learning team with the school site lead for student information system(s)

Legal Requirements

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X Sign and abide by the Summit Learning Program Agreement X Adhere to Summit’s data privacy and security policy


Program Calendar The calendar below provides an overview of what to expect if your school or district is interested in joining the Summit Learning program for the 2021–22 school year. This program calendar and the associated activities are designed to help ensure that all new Summit Learning schools are set up for a successful implementation.

Application Steps for Interested Schools August 2020 - March 2021 1 School Leaders visit the Summit Learning website and complete the Summit Learning Interest Form

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2 Schools that meet the basic technical requirements are invited to start an application

3 School Leaders work with their teaching teams to complete the Summit Learning Program Application

4 School Leaders familiarize themselves with all program requirements, discuss requirements with key stakeholders, and identify the signatory for the Program Agreement


Application Deadlines We will review applications on the following timelines:









Early Bird

NOV 12



NOV 30



JAN 14



JAN 25





MAR 15

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Application & Enrollment Process Application Steps for Interested Schools The Summit Learning Interest Form Completing the Summit Learning Interest Form is the first step toward joining the Summit Learning program! Interest Forms typically take 10–15 minutes to complete and must be filled out by a school leader. After reviewing this document in full, visit the Summit Learning website to complete an Interest Form.

Basic Technical Requirements for Applicants

The Summit Learning Program Application

In order to be eligible to apply for the Summit Learning

Schools that meet the technical requirements listed above

program, schools must meet certain basic technical

are invited to complete the Summit Learning Program


Application. The application process facilitates a deep dive into the Summit Learning approach for school site teams and

These requirements include: X Schools must be located in the United States X Schools must be site-based (home schools and online schools are not eligible)

helps them evaluate their level of readiness for implementing Summit Learning at their school. Expect to spend at least 2-3 hours completing the application. School leaders complete the bulk of the application, and implementing teachers submit responses as well.

X Schools must serve students between grades 4-12 X [For public charter schools] School must have an approved charter or plan for approval by fall 2021 X Schools must have 1:1 technology in place or a plan for obtaining 1:1 technology by the fall of 2021

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Teachers cannot apply to the Summit Learning program independently of their school leader. To apply, schools need to assemble a school-site team consisting of the school leader, one teacher for each core academic subject, and a district or charter school network leader.


Enrollment Activities for Accepted Schools Program Agreement The Program Agreement is the document that governs our partnership with school districts, as well as the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy that underpin the Summit Learning program. We update these documents annually to incorporate feedback from our community and strengthen our approach to safeguarding student information. The Program Agreement describes the roles and responsibilities of the Summit Learning program and our partners. In the

have identified Onboarding Pre-Work as the most impactful activity during the enrollment process. Comprehensive content, the ability for teams to work together in order to ensure alignment, and feedback on their work allowed them to feel prepared for Summer Training and the launch of the school year. We expect school leaders will spend approximately 20 hours and teachers will spend approximately 10 hours completing this pre-work.

case of the Data Privacy Addendum, the agreement is

Summer Training

between the Summit Learning program and schools or

Summer Training is a professional development opportunity

districts. In the case of the Terms of Service, the agreement is

that allows school leaders to plan and prepare for strong

between the Summit Learning program and individual users.

implementation of the Summit Learning instructional

For more information, please visit our online Privacy Center.

approach. Teams will have the opportunity to understand the Summit Learning vision and approach, collaborate on how

Onboarding Pre-Work Onboarding Pre-Work is designed to guide new teams

to adapt the program to your school, and make plans for a successful implementation in the fall.

through a deep dive of the Summit Learning instructional approach; the research and science supporting the approach; change leadership skill development; and vital structural preparation, all prior to Summer Training. Past applicants

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Join Us! Since 2015, the Summit Learning program has partnered with nearly 400 schools across 38 states and the District of Columbia. The relationship is bidirectional: we learn as much from our partner schools as they learn from us. What all partner schools have in common is a desire to support the comprehensive development of every single student by supporting them with the learning experiences they need. If you’re ready to take the next step towards joining the Summit Learning program, we invite you to complete the Summit Learning Interest Form at: https://www.summitlearning.org/join-us/apply Gratefully, The Summit Learning Team

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