The Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) is the third largest public school system in Ohio, serving more than 36,000 students.
Under The Cleveland Plan, a groundbreaking reform plan created by the community and written into state law, CMSD strives to ensure that every child receives a high-quality education, regardless of the provider. To that end, CMSD lets families choose which District schools their children attend, with options that include STEM, the arts, single-gender education, International Baccalaureate, Montessori and early college.
CMSD also makes sure students have tech and training to prepare them for the future. The District provides a free laptop or tablet to every student and connects every family that needs internet access. Graduating seniors leave commencement with not only a diploma but also a laptop.
In our pursuit of a more fair, just and good system of education, we want each of our learners, each of our scholars and each of their educators, to be individually and collectively presented with academically/intellectually complex tasks that are worthy of their productive struggle and allow them authentic opportunities to demonstrate their work and their learning of academic content and transferable skills in a joyful and adventurous environment.
CMSD has embarked on a new Vision for Learning that is designed to be more personalized, engage students more deeply and give them more control of their learning.
The Vision comprises four elements:
- Competency-based Education, which focuses on mastery of standards
- Schools without Walls, flexible use of time, place, technology and talent for anywhere, anytime learning
- Whole Human Learning, incorporating student and educator social, emotional and cultural wellness
- Personalized Learner Pathways, equitable, student-centered career development