To ensure that our learners succeed in and significantly contribute to the 21st century, we have developed a proprietary educational framework. Prisma learners will be educated in all aspects of this framework.
Learners spend 90 minutes each day following their own academic learning plan. Each child is given an updated custom learning plan every five-week cycle based on their academic knowledge gaps, strengths, and goals. We utilize adaptive learning technology to give each learner exactly what they need—whether your child wants to accelerate several grade levels ahead in one subject while catching up to a grade level in another, or simply wants to move at their own pace, on their own terms.
Learners earn Badges by following the Investigate, Create, Share process to explore interdisciplinary topics and create projects. Kids choose from a library of Badges based on their interests, get feedback on their work from their peers and learning coach, and develop a rich portfolio of creative work. Past Badges have included Sportscasting, The Chemistry of Baking, and App Design.
Learners explore a new theme during each five-week learning cycle. We develop themes to be engaging, relevant, and rooted in urgent questions facing our world. Each theme comes with new Badges, new synchronous Workshops, and a resource library of the best texts, videos, and podcasts available. Upcoming possible themes include Cities of the Future, Prisma Newsroom, and All About Food.
Learners engage in 90 minutes of daily group learning time over live video. Instead of delivering lectures, coaches lead Workshops focused on the Practices above that take the following formats:
The best way to develop a personal mindset of life-long learning is to find a community where these traits are valued, encouraged, and modeled. We select our learning coaches for their ability to support learners in developing their Personal Mindset—coaches mentor learners through weekly one-on-one meetings, regular written feedback, and family conferences every five weeks. Prisma Cohorts are groups of peers who support each other in setting goals, learning to give & receive feedback, and developing supportive relationships.
Decades of research has shown that traditional assessment is detrimental to many of the traits and mindsets of life-long learning. It’s for this reason that Prisma learners receive feedback instead of grades on their work, and make projects to show mastery instead of taking tests.