Navarro County Alternative

Beliefs Underlying the NCAEP Educational Framework

  • One of the primary tasks of teachers is to design work for students—work that students will find engaging and that will result in their learning that which is valued by the school system, by parents, and by the community at large.

  • A second task of teachers is to lead students to do well and be successful in the work they undertake.

  • Therefore, teachers are designers and leaders.

  • Students are volunteers, and what they have to volunteer is their attention and commitment.

  • Differences in commitment and attention produce differences in the way students are involved in their work.

  • Differences in student involvement affect directly the effort students expend on school-related tasks.

  • Effort affects learning outcomes at least as much as does intellectual ability.

  • The level and type of involvement will vary depending on the qualities teachers build into the work they provide students.

  • Therefore, teachers can directly affect student learning through the design of work that has those qualities that are most engaging to students.