Douglas Crets


Giving Credibility to the Shadow Education System

The Future Schools

An interesting blog post up at Education Next today.

Jonathan Schorr and Deborah McGriff give a review of some of the great blended school models put in place across the country.

The article focuses on the long term impact on students created by using a hybrid services model.

Jonathan Schorr and Deborah McGriff are partners at NewSchools Venture Fund, a nonprofit venture philanthropy firm that supports entrepreneurial innovation to improve public education for low-income children. NewSchools actually has a blog, and you can check it here. There should be a blog post by Schorr up there later today about this article.

Here’s a key paragraph, where they point out the work at Carpe Diem Collegiate School, a blended school in Yuma, Arizona:

Carpe Diem represents what will likely be a crucial chapter in the story of blended schools: a turn to a blended model because of financial or facilities challenges. The charter school, which serves 250 mostly low-income students in 6th through 12th grades, faced a crisis after losing its lease on a church building. Its founders radically transformed it from a traditional structure to one heavily dependent on online instruction. In the reinvented school, small groups take classes directly from teachers, while most students take online classes in a learning center that features 300 low-sided cubicles in one brightly painted room. Student cubicles have a desktop computer and monitor; many have been personalized and decorated with artwork. The learning center is staffed by the principal, two instructional assistants, and a course manager, who also talks with students about their progress



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