Summit Learning Spotlight: Highlighting Best Practices in Personalized Learning

Summit Public Schools is ending the 2017-18 school year strong by recognizing and celebrating the achievements and contributions of all schools in the Summit Learning community. This year’s debut Summit Learning Spotlight is a way to honor those achievements and encourage sharing of personalized learning best practices amongst a growing Summit Learning community nationwide.

What is the Summit Learning Spotlight?

The Summit Learning Spotlight celebrates community-nominated schools and teachers across the country that are outstanding examples of personalized learning instruction and overall implementation of the Program. Nominations for the Summit Learning Spotlight were accepted in fall 2017. Nominators provided insight and evidence into great educational practices from around the Summit Learning community.

Over the next year, Summit Learning Spotlight recipients will have the opportunity to share their educational best practices, lessons learned, and keys to success with their colleagues and peers across the country.

Who is Being Recognized?

The 2018 Summit Learning Spotlight recipients include 12 schools and 20 teachers who are outstanding examples of personalized learning implementation and instruction, and who have gone above and beyond to bring the values and best practices of Summit Learning to life.

Spotlight schools and teachers come from both Summit Schools, the network of public schools in California and Washington that designed and exemplify the Summit Learning approach, as well as from the 330+ Summit Learning schools across the country.

These schools and teachers have exhibited a strong commitment to ensuring that all students are known deeply, inside and outside of the classroom, and have opportunities to ignite their passions through schoolwork; real-world learning experiences; and ongoing, 1:1 mentoring with teachers. Nominators from our community called out the many ways that schools and teachers are removing barriers, innovating with projects, providing targeted help as mentors, and going above and beyond in their instruction and implementation.

To kickoff the sharing of best practices, we’re teaming with Spotlight schools to showcase best practices in short videos, which will be published on the Summit Learning YouTube channel and blog beginning this week. Two of of this year’s Spotlight schools include Wellpinit Middle School in Wellpinit, Washington, and Franklin Middle School in Greeley, Colorado. See their best practice videos below and stay tuned for the remaining videos in the series over the coming months.

Wellpinit Middle School serves as an exemplar of a school that has adapted the Summit Learning approach to unique settings (in this case, a rural Native American reservation), and that has also adopted the structures and resources of the Program to increase rigor of student learning.


Once a turnaround school, Franklin Middle School implemented the Summit Learning Program as part of its Innovation strategy in 2017. Franklin teachers and staff have shown phenomenal collaboration and commitment to the Program, using student data to help drive instruction and meeting often to discuss ideas on improving teaching practices, opportunities for interdisciplinary learning, and more.

In addition to highlighting school best practices, Summit is also covering the amazing work of middle and high school teachers in classrooms from coast to coast. These teachers are being recognized for evidence of their best practices in helping all students achieve Summit Learning’s student outcomes — Cognitive Skills, Content Knowledge, and Habits of Success — from differentiating content to reach all learners in whole group teaching and small group workshops, to helping students set SMART academic and personal goals in regular 1:1 mentoring sessions.

Over the next few months, we’ll be featuring these best practices in themed blog posts aimed at sharing actionable teacher insights with other teachers in the Summit Learning community.

Where Can I Learn More About the Recipients?

The Spotlight best practice videos will be published individually on the Summit Learning blog beginning this week and into the 2018-19 school year, so check back often! An easy way to find this growing collection of stories is to visit the Summit Learning Spotlight tag.

To find out more details about the Summit Learning Spotlight and to view a full list of the Spotlight recipients, visit


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Summit Learning is a research–based approach to education designed to drive student engagement, meaningful learning, and strong student–teacher relationships that prepare students for life after graduation. Created by teachers with experience in diverse classrooms, Summit Learning is grounded in decades of research about how children learn. With Summit Learning, students gain mastery of core subjects like math, history, English, and science, while also carefully developing the skills and habits of lifelong learners. Summit Learning is independently led and operated by the nonprofit, Gradient Learning.