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BLENDED LEARNING

Computers and other technology can have a major impact as learning tools, but they are incomplete without in-person, human interaction. Blended learning combines the best of both worlds to empower lasting learning. (Summary from BLU)

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MASTERY

Instead of attaching a fixed amount of material to a set time period (e.g. unit test every 6 weeks), mastery learning allows each student to fully master each topic before moving on to the next one. Not only does mastery learning fill holes in foundational knowledge, but it also removes the psychological damage of bad grades, self-labeling, and peer comparison. (Khan TED talk)

 
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PERSONALIZATION

Every human is different and learning is personal. Our model incorporates student autonomy to customize the experience, along with tools and activities that meet a variety of learning styles. (OET)

SMALL GROUPS

Interacting with peers has been shown to reinforce understanding of the concepts and bring subjects to life. More important, human interactions are profoundly motivating and lead to high levels of engagement and student ownership. (IgnitED)

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PROJECT-BASED LEARNING

Schools like High-Tech High have demonstrated the power of group projects to motivate learning and drive high-level thinking and effort. When designed to cross multiple subject areas and connected to the real world, project-based learning is a powerful way to cement the concepts and information absorbed in other learning modes. (BIE)

REAL WORLD CONNECTIONS

In countries like Finland and Germany, exposure to career options is a normal part of school. Cutting edge schools in the U.S. are catching on, connecting students at every level of interest and aptitude to people engaged in the modern economy. Students can benefit from learning about technology, business, medicine, law, manufacturing, trades, and other real world careers. (NYT)