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Continuous Progress

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Continuous Progress (CP) is a districtwide Edina Choice Program that offers multi-grade classes.
Two classrooms form a "family" - one classroom includes grades 1 and 2 and the other classroom includes grades 3 through 5.

Countryside students who join CP would begin in first grade and stay in their "family" for all 5 years with the same two teaching partners.
This structure promotes student/teacher and parent/teacher relationships as well as leadership opportunities, self advocacy, family activities, and parent involvement.

View the Continuous Progress Informational Webinar to learn more!

CP Pillars

Pillar 1
Multi-age "family-like" classroom environment
Pillar 2
Long-term relationships between teachers, students, and families
Pillar 3
Innovative and personalized instruction
Pillar 4
Continuity

Multi-age "family-like" classroom environment

The "family" structure for CP is set up with teaming:
 
  • Two teachers and one paraprofessional in each family.
  • A primary teacher (Gr. 1-2) and an intermediate teacher (Gr. 3-5), with a grade 5 classroom connection provided.
  • Teachers teach at least one content area (Math, Writing, theme) to other homerooms in the family.
Innovative and personalized instruction

Long-term, meaningful relationships are the anchor of the program. Due to these relationships, teachers are able to personalize learning and help students find their sparks in learning.

  • Leadership opportunities and role modeling are a part of every school day.
  • Science and Social Studies are taught in a thematic and real-world way, including annual overnight environmental learning experiences.
  • We build intentional bridges between the traditional and CP programs through involvement in leadership teams, safety patrol, music and art classes, and participation in the school's news show.
Long-term relationships between teachers, students, and families

This style of program provides the opportunity for a long-term partnership between teachers, students, and families as they continue throughout the program. Parents can engage with the program through:

  • Being a PTO classroom volunteer
  • Leading service projects
  • Being a classroom parent
Continuity

Students remain with the same CP family and teaching team for 5 years, with their sibling entering the same family.

  • This creates the opportunity for a long term partnership between teachers, students, and families as they continue throughout the program.