Marion City Schools developed its four pillars to support its vision, namely how to provide a rigorous and innovative instructional model. The four pillars are:
- Leader in Me
- Next Generation Learning Environments
- Literacy Collaborative
- Diploma Plus Acceptance
Each pillar incorporates research-based strategies and community input.
The Leader in Me
Parents and business leaders encourage the district to not only focus on improving test scores but to also provide opportunities for students to reach their full potential. That’s the philosophy behind our implementation of The Leader in Me district-wide as we empower students to be leaders.
The Leader in Me is based upon Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, broken down in a way that students can understand. The 7 Habits are:
- Be proactive
- Begin with the end in mind
- Put first things first
- Think win-win
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood
- Sharpen the Saw
The leadership skills we hope our students to master are responsibility, accountability, communication and teamwork.
Next Generational Learning Environments
Next Generational Learning Environments allow our teachers to design their classrooms to customize student learning opportunities and enable our students to assume ownership of their learning. We are teaching math classes in a station rotation model in which students rotate through stations using adaptive curriculum, project-based learning and small group direct instruction methods.
We also launched a middle school STEM lab where all of our 6th-grade students take coding classes and our 6th through 8th graders are exposed to robotics and pre-engineering classes.
Literacy Collaborative is a nationally recognized comprehensive literacy model based on the award winning work by reading experts Irene Fontas and Gay Sue Pinnell in collaboration with teachers and university teams at The Ohio State University. We have developed school leadership teams led by literacy coaches who have significant training at the primary and intermediate level. We are implementing a comprehensive instructional literacy framework that has tiered instruction to meet the needs of all learners.
Diploma Plus Acceptance
We recognize that we have a 20-60-20 paradigm. About 20 percent of our students remain in college a year after high school and 20 percent of our students earn an industry credential. About 60 percent of our students are under-employed and have been trained for industries that no longer thrive in Marion.
Diploma Plus Acceptance prepares our students for success after high school. The acceptance includes acceptance to:
- A two- or four-year college
- Adult education or internship program
- The military
- A high-demand job
We have specifically designed our pathways and clusters around the high-demand jobs and opportunities that exist in Marion County and within a 30-mile radius.