Our Learning Model

  • To be successful in a post-secondary environment, our team members will need to be strong in the area of Knowledge and Thinking, therefore we have developed course specific and center-wide rubrics that act as Individual Assessments of Knowledge & Thinking (IAKT). IAKT is an important component of every project and a key part of strong project design as well as an essential component of building literacy skills across all content areas. Elective courses and projects can contribute to the overall aim of College Readiness Assessment (CRA) by utilizing indicators and rubric language from the core content areas as appropriate. It is important to note that CRA performance is just one component of student readiness and a lack of CRA expectation does not diminish the importance of these classes in a team member's overall experience.

    Knowledge & Thinking: The ability to reason, problem-solve, develop sound arguments or decisions, and create new ideas by using appropriate sources and applying the knowledge and skills of a discipline.

    Learner Outcomes

    The Satellite Center has defined seven research-based, learner outcomes that all Satellite Center team members shall exemplify by the end of the year. We will have achieved our mission when each team member at the Satellite Center is skilled in...

    • Content
    • Career Preparation
    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Collaboration
    • Work Ethic
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication (Listening and Speaking)


    Why do some students work hard and engage in school, even in the face of academic or personal challenge, while others give-up easily or are unwilling to try? In the last decade, research on mindset reveals success is less determined by innate talent, and more dependent on what we believe about our own ability to learn and get better at a something through effort or practice. Agency demonstrates the importance of reflecting on and developing a “growth mindset” as well as learning key academic skills correlated with positive academic and life outcomes as indicated in both research and our experience in the network.

    While Agency is not an actual outcome at the Satellite Center, we will strive to build this as an individual skill for every team member and weave the concept into projects and discussions. 

    Our Terminology:

    The Satellite Center is a unique learning environment designed to prepare learners for the professional workplace. Therefore, to help achieve this goal, the Satellite Center uses the following distinctive terminology.

    Traditional Terminology = Satellite Center Terminology

    Field Trip = Field Experience
    High School = Satellite Center
    Student = Team Member
    Teacher = Facilitator
    Class Room = Work Center
    Rules = Guiding Principles
    Handbook = Manual