The Agua Fria Union High School District defines an innovative vision for Canyon View High School that blurs the lines between ages and abilities, and fosters authentic learning and curricular exploration by expanding the definition of a place-based high school. The new facility offers opportunity to strengthen relationships, foster multiple pedagogies to effectively individualize learning opportunities, and nurture a culture that is student-focused, guided by faculty. Classroom ownership is transferred to the collective school, giving students greater freedom to explore curriculum, wherever that may physically take them within the school. Classes have flexibility to be held in spaces designed to the suit the day's learning needs, and adjust when necessary. Communication and respect are core principles underpinning the success of this scheduling arrangement. The facility will be home to a first-of-its-kind teaching and learning accelerator, an open-source incubator for the art of teaching and learning. Faculty from around the district come to develop and practice modern pedagogies; visiting speakers share knowledge; and students and community partners explore teacher-to-student frameworks, student-to-student collaboration, and evolve the student-to-teacher relationship.
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