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M.O.R.E. (Multiple Options for Results in Education)

Why Does Corbett Prep Commit to M.O.R.E?

Corbett Prep Headmaster, Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman shares the M.O.R.E. Model with teachers in Spain

Corbett Prep Headmaster, Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman shares the M.O.R.E. Model with teachers in Spain

The teacher has long been accepted as the most influential variable in the student learning process. Therefore, we have continued to invest time, energy, and dollars in staff development that provides the teacher with training to stay current and on the cutting edge of learning opportunities. In the Olympic tradition, the best keep getting better the more they train, rehearse, and investigate powerful tools for self-development and instruction. A healthy, confident teacher with a “bag filled to the brim with options” is more likely to be equipped to handle the uniqueness of each child within the diversity of the school learning community.

Corbett Prep has become a model school for implementing multiple brain-friendly strategies derived from the most cutting-edge research available. Our focus on cooperative learning strategies, learning styles, multiple intelligences, processing styles, positive communication, selected music, and so much more reflects our continuous effort to capitalize on scientific findings. We apply this knowledge to increase student engagement and accelerate learning in an emotionally healthy environment that is joyful and challenging, encouraging and expanding, creative and productive.

We have been able to attract and keep “first-class” teachers due to our professional staff development policy. This policy respects and recognizes the teacher as the key to the future. We can show our gratitude for their service to society through respect, support, and mega-opportunities for continued growth. Therefore, we have focused on training specifically to support their valuable work in developing human potential for learning and living that will leave a legacy for which we can all be proud.

Embracing the Best in Education

  • Corbett Prep is dedicated to children first and seeks to nurture intellectual curiosity, emotional well-being, and strength of character in each child.
  • The faculty consists of highly skilled teachers who consistently study to bring the best practices of education to life in the classroom.
  • Teachers use interactive teaching techniques such as cooperative learning, multiple intelligences, and integrated curriculum to promote involvement in all aspects of student life.
  • Emphasizing hands-on learning, Corbett Prep encourages students to take an active role in their education and creates opportunities to make significant connections between school work and “real life.”
  • Both new and experienced outside educators attend  training workshops and visit to observe the M.O.R.E. Approach in Corbett Prep classrooms, the application and integration of multiple options for results in education.
  • State-of-the art technology is an integral part of learning from PreK3 through 8th grade. Along with exciting sports and amazing performing arts, programs are designed to tap into students’ multiple intelligences.
  • Designated as an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme in 2009, an International Baccalaureate Middle School in 2007, a Blue Ribbon School in 2004, a program with a school-wide Gifted Endorsement in 2010, and currently a member of  Partners in Global Learning – Corbett Prep prepares students for success in an increasingly global world.

The 7 Components of The M.O.R.E. Model:

  1. Child-centered vision – puts the child in the center of learning and not the teacher in hopes of providing a safe, joyful, and effortless learning community.
  2. Appreciating the uniqueness of the learner – this involves understanding that all children learn differently. The staff knows and understands the different learning styles and how to accommodate each child so that they are learning the best they can. This involves all aspects of learning: behavioral, social, academic, and emotional.
  3. Motivational strategies to increase time on task – the more kids spend on task, the more they learn. This aspect of the M.O.R.E. Approach supplies teachers with an array of strategies to capture student interest and mix fun into learning.
  4. Creating dignity and respect – this involves the faculty and staff having a positive outlook about everything involved at the school. This involves choosing options and seeking solutions rather than dwelling on obstacles. Those at Corbett Prep see the glass half full.
  5. Teacher presence, making connections – this is the overall tone of the classroom, the culture. This involves all aspects including nonverbal behaviors and mental set. This sends the message to the students about intentions and makes strong connections with the student. The teacher’s presence should convey, “I care.”
  6. Learning community – cooperative learning, team teaching, and team communication. This enhances the group dynamics and creates a successful learning environment. This also involves teachers, parents, students, faculty, and staff.
  7. Curriculum Development – the overall intention of the curriculum is to engage the students and create a comprehensive framework for application of subject matter. Each classroom teacher knows what the others are teaching, and everyone builds upon student knowledge together.

M.O.R.E. Model Diagram

M.O.R.E. Diagram

M.O.R.E. Model Spanish Diagram

M.O.R.E. Spanish