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The vision of Worthington Christian School begins with the pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning out of love for God and the world He has made. This vision would not be possible without an outstanding faculty. Recruiting and developing an outstanding faculty is one of WC’s most essential values. Graduate after graduate speaks of the deep and lasting impact that WC faculty members have had in shaping them into the people God made them to be. These transformative interactions take place as teachers are willing to personally invest in the lives of their students. This also happens as WC’s faculty invests in their growth as teachers and lifelong learners, building a community of learning together with students.

WC has adopted a framework known as Understanding by Design. Understanding by Design produces the types of learning experiences desired at WC. Simply put, Understanding by Design is a framework for instructional design that begins with the end in mind—what it is that the faculty and administration want students to be able to do as a result of their learning experiences at WC. This learning involves true understanding: solving problems with increasing complexity, providing students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate their learning, and challenging students to transfer what they learn to new and unique situations. With these end goals in mind, teachers can then design their instruction to move students toward this deep understanding.

Understanding by Design in Their Own Words

Director of Teaching and Learning, Tom Burns, shares the relevance of Understanding by Design in the classroom.
Sixth-grade teacher Allie Elifritz shares how Understanding by Design has revolutionized her approach to teaching and learning.
Understanding by Design specialists, Sarah Folzenlogen and Stephanie Hollar. share the common goal of defining and implementing excellent teaching and learning. 
David Stoll, a member of the Upper School faculty speaks to the impact and results of Understanding by Design.

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