The Vision of Desert Learning AcademyMembers of the Desert Learning Academy's’ community will use technology to achieve a mindset that aids them in achieving career and academic successes.
The Mission of Desert Learning AcademyDesert Learning Academy’s mission is to provide a high-quality personalized education that prepares each student for a dynamic future, by creating a community that develops the essential skills required for a lifetime of success.
Student Expected Learning Outcomes
What our students will build together...
Student Expected Learning Outcomes (SLO's)
1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Our students will be able to compete in the new global economy by problem-solving their issues and barriers to learning. Our students will be able to think critically to identify the issues presented, and answer in deep responses.
2. Collaboration and Leadership
Our students will work together over distances to resolve problems, adapt to roles in teams, and produce valid relevant products.
3. Agility and Adaptability
Our student will be able to think, be flexible, change, and use a variety of tools to solve new problems.
4. Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
Our students will take chances, fail, try again and be rewarded for all their efforts.
5. Effective Oral and Written Communication
Our students will be able to communicate with peers, teachers, and other community members. Our students will be able to effectively present academic content in a work-related context.
6. Accessing and Analyzing Information
Our students will be able to manage and analyze relevant information data routinely.
7. Curiosity and Imagination
Our students will be able to "step out of the box" and create solutions, application, and processes to move forward passions.
How our Students will get there...
The following readiness factors should be considered prior to enrollment in an online course:
1. Academic Ability
Much of the content of an online course is conveyed through written material. It is, therefore, important that students have strong analytical reading skills (proficient or advanced ELA scores on the SBAC are recommended).
2. Computer Skills
Students should be comfortable working with a computer, navigating a website, and downloading/uploading documents. Strong typing skills are a must. Students must be comfortable accessing and reading information on a computer for long periods and have some basic ability to troubleshoot technical issues that may be encountered.
3. Habits of Mind
Online coursework requires strong organizational and time management skills. Students must be independent, self-directed learners who are capable of staying on task while working from home, managing assignment due dates, and asking for help when they need assistance. Students must access courses on a daily basis and check email regularly for communications from their teachers.
4. Parent Support
Parent/guardian support is important to the success of online students. Parents must be aware of the online requirements, monitor work habits and progress, and ensure appropriate technology access at all times. Students should have someone who can provide technical assistance as necessary as well.
5. Technology Access
Online students must have daily access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection and a processor capable of downloading/uploading, streaming video and large multimedia files. The computer should be equipped with a word processor, web browser, speakers, and a USB headset with a microphone.