Strength-Based Learning Cohort (SBLC)

Our Strength-Based Learning Cohort (SBLC), is an educational experience at Kiker, introduced the 2011-2012 SY. The Cohort is a group of two teachers, each with Third and Fourth Graders who blend and group in ways that expand the educational opportunities for our students here at Kiker.

Program Mission

Our mission is to create caring, confident learners through a multiage learning environment that respects and values the diversity in children by providing authentic learning endeavors (PBL) that enhance their strengths and promote growth of every individual at their developmental level.

SBLC Design

This learning cohort of teachers plans instruction building on the student strengths, interests and attitudes while making use of approaches, philosophies and/or principles from some of the following methodologies: Assessment For Learning, Blended Learning, Flexible Grouping, Growth Mindset, Personalized Learning, Problem-Based Learning, Project-Based Learning, Social and Emotional Learning, Strength-Based Learning and Transformative Technology and other current and cutting ideals in education.

Design focuses on ensuring our learners attain knowledge and skills through application of what the student already knows. This requires use of inquiry, collaboration, and leadership skills to best prepare each to be active members of our international and technology‐oriented world. Our belief in how children learn is as important as what children learn. We desire to create an environment that captivates children and helps them understand that “the greatest reward of learning is the opportunity to learn more.” (Keene, 2008)

View the SBLC Curriculum Handbook here.

Upcoming Kiker Events

  • December 14, 2017
    Stay warm with your favorite pair of winter socks for sock day

  • December 14, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Small MS Green Tech Academy recurtiment presentation

  • December 15, 2017
    Hats off to winter -- stay warm with your favorite winter hat / headband

  • December 15, 2017
    Sweets for Staff

  • December 18, 2017
    Winter Parties

  • December 18, 2017
    Party the day away in your favorite holiday t-shirt or outfit

  • December 19, 2017
    Pajama Day!

  • December 20, 2017-January 1, 2018 @ 
    Winter Break Holiday (No School)

  • January 2, 2018
    Student Holiday - Staff Development

  • January 3, 2018
    Classes Resume

  • January 8, 2018 @ 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
    PTA Executive Board Meeting