What We Believe
At Gateway, the systems and the protocols we started with make up our magic sauce. They helped create the culture from day one and they will also help maintain the culture. Yes, we could find new things and introduce new systems… but why build new blocks when we have old ones we can continue to build upon?
We believe that effective culture:
Places students at the center of what we do.
Focuses on developing relationships with individual student so each student is seen.
Creates mutual responsibility between all members of the community.
Establishes a means for cycles of feedback.
Is maintained by the community rather than individuals
Lives in the many traditions, rituals and ceremonies.
At UA Gateway we use Goal Oriented Learning Development (GOLD) to identify and provide support in specific areas where a student might be struggling. After teaching a lesson or throughout the course of a week, teachers identify between one and eight students who are struggling to meet learning targets during class to attend the class’s appropriate GOLD period. Teacher will have a structured time to meet with students in each of their classes and students who are not meeting learning targets in multiple classes can meet with all necessary teachers at least once a week. A struggling student should not go for more than one week without targeted teacher support.