In the Pathways to Independent Learning course, middle school students are given tools and strategies to take charge of the learning process. They will be able to take full responsibility for choosing effective approaches to long-term learning.  Students need the skills and strategies of independent learning in order to excel in any learning environment or situation. Research has proven that facility and practice of executive functioning skills and critical thinking is a greater predictor of student success than IQ. Students who develop the skills of independent learning are better able to adapt and succeed when they encounter obstacles.

The program consists of three major instructional units:

  1. Developing Self-Advocacy
  2. Developing Communication Skills
  3. Developing Critical Thinking Skills

This course will be offered in two separate sessions.  Each session consists of three successive Saturday classes.  Session 2 repeats the content offered in Session 1, choose one of the two sessions for registration.  The classes are conducted in person at St. Thomas High School, and remotely on Zoom.  You can choose which instructional approach you prefer (please only register for one of the two instructional approach options).  All materials are supplied.  Classes are open to girls and boys.

Session 1

Saturday, March 5, 2022, 9:00-11:00 AM

Saturday, March 12, 2022, 9:00-11:00 AM

Saturday, March 26, 2022, 9:00-11:00 AM

Session 2

Saturday, May 7, 2022, 9:00-11:00 AM

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 9:00-11:00 AM

Saturday, May 21, 2022, 9:00-11:00 AM

  • Session 1 (In-Person)
    March 5, 2022 - March 26, 2022
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Session 1 (Virtual via Zoom)
    March 5, 2022 - March 26, 2022
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Session 2 (In-Person)
    May 7, 2022 - May 21, 2022
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Session 2 (Virtual via Zoom)
    May 7, 2022 - May 21, 2022
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
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