I Used to Think…But Now I Think… (Part 2)

I Used to Think…But Now I Think… (Part 2)

We made a decision this year to shine a spotlight on computer time in K-1 in order to better define a standard of excellence and a vision of best practices that could be shared across our network. Achievement First has a history of using technology to support centers-based reading instruction. (KIPP LA Empower blended learning pioneer and school leader Mike Kerr is the former principal of AF...

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I Used to Think…But Now I Think… (Part 1)

I Used to Think…But Now I Think… (Part 1)

We made a decision this year to shine a spotlight on computer time in K-1 in order to better define a standard of excellence and a vision of best practices that could be shared across our network. Achievement First has a history of using technology to support centers-based reading instruction. (KIPP LA Empower blended learning pioneer and school leader Mike Kerr is the former principal of AF...

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Shrink the Change

Shrink the Change

A necessary part of scaling innovation means talking to the yet-to-be-converted. These are the folks who may not be skeptics, but they weren’t in on the ground floor of your project, they haven’t been with you from conception to execution. They’re not yet on board, and part of what you’re going to have to do is convince them to come along. I spend a lot of time thinking about these...

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Taking Stock of the Flip

Taking Stock of the Flip

We’re at a point now where we feel confident that the pilot flip of a bio class at AF Amistad High School has demonstrated that it is working and deserves to be sustained – and expanded. The results come in a number of highly suggestive (though admittedly not ironclad) forms: data on student homework completion, student testimonials praising the new class format, and glowing...

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