Smaller Learning Communities

Since 2003, Public Works has served as the third-party evaluator to many grantees funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Smaller Learning Community (SLC) implementation grants. SLC implementation can include different structural reorganizations including schools-within-schools, career academies, and grade level houses.   SLC grants also support a range of strategies for providing personalized instruction and guidance to students.

SLCs offer a an “umbrella” model for high school reform impacting all three Rs – Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships. Put simply, SLCs aim to augment a traditional emphasis on academic rigor with relevance and relationships so that students are engaged and connected to a rigorous, standards-based instructional program.

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