Blog

Choices and Decisions: Top Down or Bottom Up?

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Blog, Envision Schools, Featured | 0 comments

Choices and Decisions: Top Down or Bottom Up?

In late January I wrote a post about how to scale or grow pilot programs into something more impactful and possibly more sustainable. Since January, I have been working closely with our Director of Technology, our VP of Teaching and Learning, our Development team, our Principals, and our Math coach to finalize a number of technology related projects. This process has made me reflect on the difference between making organizational changes in a top down fashion, or those that change the organization from the bottom up.   The first project...

read more

Iteration is Key: Cautionary Tales on Innovative Classroom Models

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Blog, Education Innovation Fellowship, Featured | 0 comments

Iteration is Key: Cautionary Tales on Innovative Classroom Models

March, 2014 – Program Day Three   In February, I joined 19 Washington, D.C. PreK-12 public and charter school teachers on a trip to California for the first of our “travel and learn” experiences as part of CityBridge Foundation’s Education Innovation Fellowship (EIF). In my Blend My Learning blog last month, I wrote about this trip and the nine schools we visited at the forefront of blended and personalized learning to see how we could bring pieces of these innovative school and classroom models to public schools in...

read more

How Do You Use All of the Data? What Works? What Doesn’t?

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Blog, KIPP Bay Area | 0 comments

How Do You Use All of the Data? What Works? What Doesn’t?

Making Usage Visible & Meeting Usage Recommendations   Teachers should commit to a level of implementation fidelity in their class. Back in November, we conducted a review of tech usage across all schools. On average, schools are using 60% of their digital content licenses, and of those using their licenses, approximately 50% of students are using digital content at the vendor’s recommended rate (e.g. 60 min per week online). Although our team does not advocate mandatory usage requirements, we would like schools to demonstrate...

read more

Education Innovation Fellow Profile: How blended learning has changed the classroom for Angel Cintron

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Blog, Education Innovation Fellowship, Featured | 0 comments

Education Innovation Fellow Profile: How blended learning has changed the classroom for Angel Cintron

For nearly three years, Angel Cintron, Jr., a social studies teacher at Charles Hart Middle School in Southeast Washington, D.C., had been the “sage on the stage” in his classroom—using the traditional teaching method where one teacher spends most of his time lecturing to 30 students. Angel worked tirelessly to support the needs of all his students in a school known to be one of the most challenging in the city, but still, he was not satisfied with his results.   However, Angel’s experience in the 2014 Education Innovation...

read more

Iterating Rapidly: How a flexible model turned USC Hybrid High into a high-performing school in 30 weeks

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Blog, Featured, USC Hybrid High | 1 comment

Iterating Rapidly: How a flexible model turned USC Hybrid High into a high-performing school in 30 weeks

With the third quarter of the school year wrapping up here at Ednovate – USC Hybrid High School, we have made great strides down the path of personalizing the learning experience for each of our students. USC Hybrid High School’s instructional model is evolving rapidly as we identify tools, strategies, and structures that better enable us to execute on our vision. In less than a year, we have doubled the percentage of students performing at or above grade level in all subject areas on the NWEA MAP assessment, predicting significant...

read more

Are You Differentiating Your Staff’s Development?

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Matchbook Learning | 0 comments

Are You Differentiating Your Staff’s Development?

Student Centered Learning (SCL) is said to promote the practice of engaging our learners on an individual level in the educational environment. In using this practice in the classroom teachers develop and implement a differentiated learning experience for students to meet them at their individual ability levels. This groundbreaking endeavor requires instructors to maximize instructional pedagogy and develop pioneering instructional strategies/practices designed to engage students, building on their individual learning styles.   This...

read more

Student-Centered & Blended Learning: The Evolution of a Model…and Teacher (Part II)

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Matchbook Learning | 0 comments

Student-Centered & Blended Learning: The Evolution of a Model…and Teacher (Part II)

PART II   The most underrated film of 2013 was easily Pacific Rim. Many wrote if off as a campy robot vs. monster action flick, but it was so much more. In truth, it was the story of innovation, iteration, and how our ability to fuse technology with man-power could literally save the world. Sounds like blended learning, doesn’t it?   Much like the engineers worked to upgrade their robot-creations in order to prepare for the constant adaptations of the alien race, our model of SCL/BL was evolving to fit our teachers and students....

read more

2014 Education Innovation Fellowship: Key Learnings from the Golden State

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Blog, Education Innovation Fellowship, Featured | 0 comments

2014 Education Innovation Fellowship: Key Learnings from the Golden State

The CityBridge Foundation’s 2014 Education Innovation Fellowship (EIF) kicked off last month with its second cohort of fellows who will spend the year together learning about the most promising practices in blended learning. Last week, we began the “travel and learn” portion of the Fellowship with a week-long trip to the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas. We visited nine public schools on the cutting-edge of blended and personalized learning and met with some of the field’s most prominent thinkers and supporters. For me, the most...

read more