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Learning Forward ICSD

Learning Forward ICSD is the Ithaca City School District’s three-year approach to academic and social-emotional learning. Our commitment - to reverse the legacy of racism and establish communities built on love and joy - is centered around four key tenets:

  • Centering the perspectives of students of color in the curriculum design process
  • Holding ourselves accountable to doing this well, as staff
  • Ongoing identity exploration to determine how my identities-
    • intersect with others
    • shape how I approach the work
    • connect with joy
  • Meaningful, interdisciplinary learning experiences that de-center dominant narratives, with a focus on literacy through identity, skills, intellect, criticality, and joy
    • Authentic, performance-based assessments
    • Year-to-year learning maps for all grades and courses
  • Mental health integration
  • Professional learning
  • Multidirectional communication
  • Community partners
  • Personalized instruction
  • Summer programming
  • After school opportunities
ICSD e-Insider: The district's newsletter has been repurposed to provide regular updates on Learning Forward ICSD. Click here to view the current issue of the ICSD e-Insider and subscribe to have future issues delivered to your inbox!

Updates Presented to the Board of Education

Professional Development Update
November 15, 2022
Measuring the Success of Learning Forward ICSD
October 25, 2022
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2022-2023 Budget Presentation
April 5, 2022
Example of Students as Partners and Leaders: Fifth Grade Peer Educators - Gender Inclusive Restrooms
December 14, 2021
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Learning Forward ICSD & Literacy Updates
October 26, 2021
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Learning Forward ICSD at Cayuga Heights
June 22, 2021
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Learning Forward ICSD at Belle Sherman
June 8, 2021
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Learning Forward ICSD at Fall Creek
April 27, 2021

New ICSD Educator Overview