Relevance: relation to the matter at hand

Relevance refers to learning in which students develop skills, build deep conceptual understanding and make connections with what they know in the real world. Relevant learning connects the disciplines across academics, athletics and the arts. Student work can range from routine to complex and can include authentic problems or tasks, simulations, service learning, connecting concepts to current issues, performances, and teaching others.

Relevant learning opportunities for older students may include in-depth projects that take place both in the classroom and the work place and internships or community partnerships that provide students with a vision of their future and an understanding of how their school work is linked to what they will do after graduation.

In our schools, we provide relevance in a number of ways, including but not limited to:

  • Bring Your Own Technology initiative
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Focus on hands-on learning opportunities
  • Opportunities for community connections
  • A scope and sequence built on mastery of college and career skills and concepts
  • Wide variety of opportunities in the arts and athletics