NEP educational philosophy is heavily influenced by John Dewey, William Glasser, Peter Senge, Phil Schlecty, Margaret Wheatley, Bruce Joyce, Beverly Showers, and Jim Collins. In the 5 Keys for Successful Career Academies, Thompson's concept of Academic Vigor, and the Components of Meaningful Instruction, you will find the values of Progressive Education interwoven into the way NEP views and works with schools and educators.
The work of NEP is built from our educational philosophy based on The Five Keys for Successful Academies, which are solid practices for ongoing school improvement at all levels, whether or not the school has academies. Included in this are the concept of Academic Vigor and the Components of Meaningful Instruction. These practices, combined with the skills of peer coaching, help schools continue to raise the bar of their performance.
5 KEYS FOR SUCCESSFUL ACADEMIES
The 5 Keys are based on decades of research studies published from 1981 to 2014. They are
1. Faculty Ownership
2. Planning & Design
3. Community and Career
4. Well-Planned Professional Development
5. Academic Vigor
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A clarion call to schools worldwide to set the bar ever higher is NEP’s concept of Academic Vigor. Vigor moves educators beyond standards and assessments to the real core of human learning. The three elements of Academic Vigor are:
1. Demanding Expectations (Rigor)
2. Support Structures to support student learning
3. Meaningful Instruction
THE ROLE OF EDUCATORS