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What does education look like in 2023? The world is changing, workplaces are changing, technology is changing, and in Lakeshore we believe that education needs to change too. The Flex Program is an alternative K-12 program that offers individualized options that are as unique as each student. It is a program that takes an expansive, community-based approach to education; linking together students, teachers, schools, parents and resources.
Who is Flex for?
In Lakeshore, we recognize that each student is unique and that a one size fits all approach is not the best for everyone. While all of our schools adapt and modify programming, there are also some students who learn best in alternative, out of school environments. The Program Flex is tailored for each of these individuals, combining academics, community engagement, and experiential learning.
How does Flex work?
The Flex program consists of several components therefore there is no set path. Each student will have their own individualized plan. There are learning goals that need to be met but it is a co-creation between the individual student, parents, Flex coordinator, and teachers.
The following are the steps involved in applying for the program:
Step One: Fill out the application form for Flex pre-registration deadline is June 15, for the coming school year. Applications beyond this date may be considered on a case by case basis.
Step Two: Your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted by the Flex coordinator.
Step Three: Successful applicants and their parents will meet with the Flex coordinator to discuss program options and goals.
Step Four: The Flex coordinator will create a program plan for each individual student that links together academic learning, community engagement and experiential learning. This plan will then be shared and reviewed with the team (parents, students, teachers).
Step Five: The Flex coordinator will be in regular communication with the team to check on progress and support where needed.
What does Learning in Flex look like?
Flex is an individualized alternative program for students and each program plan will look different. Below are some of the delivery options that may be considered in a program plan under each of the areas of focus.
- All students (Grades K – 12) will have access to remote learning resources according to their academic level (laptops, online learning programs, TEAMS, print resources, etc.) and teacher mentorship.
- Students will be required to participate daily in learning and assessment with minimum standards as set forth by the Manitoba Provincial Government and Lakeshore School Division. Assignments will reflect the learning outcomes of the Manitoba curriculum and will be differentiated to meet the learning needs of students. The delivery of all programs may alter due to individual needs, but programing will often consist of the following:
- Grades K – 4: Consists of paper-based independent learning resources combined with on-line teaching/ support and additional in-person support. Learning material packages are sent home on a monthly basis. In addition, students will be assessed twice annually in addition to ongoing feedback.
- Grades 5 – 8: Consists of regular, online direct instruction combined with independent learning (reading, viewing and responding to pre-recorded videos, and engaging in project-based learning.) Learning materials and assignments will be delivered on a monthly basis. Programming will be delivered in a combination of on-line teaching/ support and additional in-person support.
- Grade 9 – 12: Consists of various options including remote learning programs with a possible combination of specific in-school programing (music, mechanics, carpentry, science, etc.). Learning materials and assignments will be delivered on a bi-weekly basis. Programming may be delivered in a combination of on-line teaching/ support and additional in-person support.
Community engagement/experiential learning:
- Project-based learning
- Land-based learning
- Work experience placements
- Community group involvement
- Group activities