"Highly Effective Teaching Model" at Ipakanni Early College
Our teachers are trained in the award-winning "Highly Effective Teaching" (HET) Model. The HET Model is “an innovative education model providing a myriad of strategies that are brain-compatible, effective in increasing capacity and optimizing learning for students.” This model has been successfully used in educational institutions serving urban, suburban, and rural communities throughout the United States and other countries. For more information, please see The Center for Effective Learning.
The Ipakanni Early College has adopted the endangered snow leopard as a mascot, nicknamed "Ipakanni" in the Fall 2012.
Why the snow leopard?
Joining the eco-driven movement at the early college, the students, staff and the Board of Directors wanted to do its part by adopting our new mascot which is critically endangered. Ipakanni's philosophy is rooted in Maidu philosophy that it is everyone's responsibility to love, honor and protect Mother Earth.
The snow leopard, a Himalayan mountain cat born with striking blue eyes, was an easy match for the great Ipakanni Early College program. A natural predator, the snow leopard is known for its ability to survive in a rugged landscape and harsh climate. The cat also is the top predator in its ecosystem. These powerful hunters can leap as far as 50 feet and bring down prey up to three times their weight. Such are the common traits to the Ipakanni Family.