In four short years, blended learning has helped KIPP Empower Academy become the highest performing school in Los Angeles Unified School District and the 10th highest performing elementary school in California.
The persistent existence of poor performing charter schools (and lax authorizers) does a disservice to families and children, and puts the entire charter movement – including the substantial number of high-quality schools and charter management operators (CMOs) operating in long underserved communities – at risk.
The latest in our blended learning series features one school operator's answers to questions key questions such as how do we continue to best support educators to do blended learning work? How do we continue to better differentiate instruction for students?
Fifteen years of work and more than a billion dollars invested has taught us the importance of asking “why” repeatedly, and then listening, long and hard and over the course of time to the answers we hear. “Why?” peels away layers of symptoms so you can address the true issues that hold people back.
"The most important aspect of our blended learning model is the adult time that’s freed up to engage in different activities. More adult time means greater flexibility in how we are able to personalize learning for our students."
There's an ongoing need for insight into how blended learning affects students and educators. A new report takes a look at outcomes and experiences in schools run by five operators: KIPP, Rocketship, Summit, FirstLine and Alliance.
Angelica Tello, a Dell Scholars Program graduate, grew up in Austin, Texas, just across the freeway from the UT campus. But it wasn't until she received a letter from AVID in high school that she even learned what a university was. Angelica talks about her experience as a first generation student.
Almost my entire career in education has happened within a climate that insistently emphasizes The Test. Over time, I’ve come to believe that the problem is less The Test, and more how districts and individual schools have typically responded to it.