21st Century Organization

Organization and Structure

that Works!

Historically schools have structured themselves in such a way that teachers and students focused specifically on one grade level at a time which directly impacted one year of education.  We believe that in order to raise rigor, focus on relevance and improve relationships teachers and students need to concentrate not only on grade level horizontal teams but plan, collaborate and make the necessary adjustments across grade levels for an individualized educational experience.

Through the development of the 21st Century Model School, the Harless Center has seen positive results in student performance by teachers working together in vertical teams to see the “big picture.”  By doing so, skills are developed without gaps, thinking is deepened, and both students and teachers work with the end in mind.

The graphic illustrates how vertical and horizontal teams effectively collaborate to form a seamless curriculum.