Personalized Learning

TVLA Learning Model

The Student Experience

At TVLA, a student's time is organized to represent three main pillars of the TVLA learning experience. This may vary from student to student, but a general schedule includes a blend of:

Project-based learning to build cognitive skills :

During Project Time, students spend the majority of their time working on rich, real-world projects with their teacher and classmates that develop cognitive skills. These rigorous projects enable students to apply their content knowledge to real-world situations.

One-on-one mentoring to understand and pursue personal goals:

During weekly meetings with mentors and mentor teams, students meet one-on-one with a mentor--a teacher, a school leader, or other adult--at least once a week. The weekly check-in and any other organic mentor support revolve around ensuring that a student’s daily actions and current progress are aligned to his or her individual long-term goals and aspirations. They also meet regularly as a group with their teacher and other mentees.

Individualized pathways to master content:

During personalized learning time (PLT), students make their way through content via a range of resources (playlists) to become college-ready, choosing the subjects they want to learn and how they access that content. They learn content largely via the Summit Learning Platform and all with the support of their teacher. Students are able to move at their own pace and learn how they best learn because they have different options to learn the same information. Unlike in traditional lectures, they aren’t pushed too far ahead of what they are ready for, nor bored because they already know it.
Role of the student:
Student is expected to own their leadership and learning style, hone in their strengths, and push themselves when challenged with a mentality to never give up. Student needs to be self-directed, good with time management, willing to try and advocate for themselves, as well as maintain passion for their community. 

Role of the teacher:

Teachers are the driving force behind the TVLA learning experience. Equipped with the tools to customize instruction to meet the needs of all students, and empowered to build strong relationships, teachers are at the heart of every classroom.

Teachers spend the majority of their time teaching students how to apply their content knowledge to real-world situations through rigorous projects that are centered on the development of cognitive skills.

When teachers aren't leading projects, they are either supporting students as they make their way through content, or they're mentoring students, giving them targeted feedback to help them achieve their personal goals.

Role of the Parent:

At TVLA, we believe that parents should be partners in helping our students achieve their educational goals.

Parents have access to their child's educational experience in the Summit Platform and have a direct window into what their students are working on a daily basis.

With the Summit platform, parents also have access to a dedicated mentor who works with their student every week. Because each mentor stays with a student for all four years, parents have a single point of contact to help advocate for their child and provide guidance to help their student reach their personal goals.