A core element of the Metro Academies Initiative (Metro) is the cross-disciplinary faculty learning community. The community works together throughout the year to link their courses, develop pedagogy and curriculum, share best practices, and integrate ePortfolios into their classrooms.
Through an engaging process of issue exploration, research, argument development and peer review, sophomores write to an authentic audience of an editor or a government official.
Just as our ePortfolio project grew from the local level, our outcomes assessment is also growing from the local level.
As part of the final course students take in a two-year learning community, students write a letter to their “future self” about their educational goals or to a future student about what to expect in college and give them advice on how to succeed.