The concept of the DLC grew out of the belief that every learner is unique and – for any number of reasons – may be seeking to learn in ways that are different from the experiences in a traditional school. Our school was created to offer choice to these learners.
For 10 years, we’ve been developing online courses, providing instruction and supporting learners as they navigate those courses at a pace that suits them. We have found this to be a great fit for many, especially for those families that want ready-to-go lesson plans and structured learning within a home-based environment. This form of support will continue to be available to those who seek it.
But, we’ve come to realize that model is not a fit for everyone. When mom and/or dad have chosen to be an active and regular part of their child’s learning, they often wish to incorporate other educational resources – kits, workbooks, lesson plans – into the mix and may even assume responsibility for evaluation and assessment.
From September 2016 to June 2017, we conducted a pilot project with 10 home-based families. Each had their own reasons for pursing home-based learning and each had a personalized learning plan that accommodated their unique situation. The ages, maturity levels and capacities of the learners varied greatly, as did the degree of parental involvement.
We explored different ways that we, as a staff at the DLC could support that family regardless of what resources they chose to use or what pace they needed to work at.
And the lessons we learned, triggered an evolution.
This phenomenon is being practised by educational leaders around the globe and we’ve figured out how we can apply this concept to our school – and bring it into your home - too.
Voice in determining with what tools and at what pace they learn. Choice in the way they demonstrate their learning and show evidence that they've met - or mastered - curricular outcomes. This freedom can foster great academic and personal success and we see our role as enabling, co-creating and supporting you and your learner regardless of which educational pathway you take.
That spectrum accommodates learning that is structured and flexible, accelerated and extended, heavily dependent on DLC instructors and primarily guided by students and their mentors.
Where you fall on this spectrum might vary subject to subject or year to year...and that's OK. There is room for every type of learner that wants to set academic goals and work to achieve them.
To help you make decisions and build a plan that best suits your learner’s needs, we encourage your family to consider several critical factors:
Taking the time to consider and discuss these questions will equip you with the knowledge to effectively plan and give us the information that we need to help.
If you believe that your learner is unique and you’d like to explore how we can support him/her – and you as their primary support - in the pursuit of their goals, we’d love to talk to you.
If you're looking to do some additional reading, flip through our Learning Mentor Guide for suggestions on how you can prepare your child for success in an online or home-based learning environment.