Supt. Scot Graden announced at the Feb. 27 meeting of the board of education that the school district's "compass" is now interactive, due to an in-kind donation from Ann Arbor web design company New Foundry.
Created in 2016, the compass highlights in dark blue the four main skills the school district wishes each student to develop: communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. To support those goals, the compass also includes four light blue points that explain strategies for achieving the goal: building community, creating appropriate learning spaces, appropriate pedagogy, and tech integration. Additionally, the compass displays student attributes the school district wishes to encourage, such as being "financially and digitally literate" and being a "creative innovator."
After the makeover by New Foundry, visitors can now click on any compass point and find examples of each of the "four C's" or the smaller compass points, as well as links to more information. For instance, clicking on "critical thinking" brings up an in-depth definition of that skill and provides a link to a Next-Gen classroom website that provides examples of exercises to build critical thinking skills.
To visit the compass and see how it works, visit https://www.salineschools.org/prospective-families/sas-compass/.