Pivoting to Blended Education with Remarkable Success

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

Pivot Charter School Tampa (PCS) is a 6–12 grade site-based charter school in Tampa, FL, with an enrollment of 300 students. The school employs a blended learning model, combining one-to-one teaching with a traditional education environment.

The Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, the 8th largest school district in the United States, sponsored Pivot Charter School because it wanted a blended learning option located within the district, where students could work at their own pace and take elective courses not offered at their traditional middle or senior high schools.

PCS opened in August 2011, and later began using Fuel Education curriculum in January 2014. This transition ignited measurements of success for the school. From June 2014 to August 2014, PCS’s retention rate was 78 percent, which improved to 81 percent from June 2015 to August 2015. PCS’s graduation rate increased from 61 percent in 2013 to 80 percent in 2015. PCS also bested state averages across the board in the 2015 Math assessments.

Career Credentials: Helping Students Go for the Gold at Every Distance

Contributor: 
Fuel Education

The new paradigm of career and technical education (CTE) is that every student can benefit from it, whether they're chasing a well-paying career right out of high school or pursuing a postsecondary degree. Even the federal government's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signed into law a year ago recognizes that new reality. The Act adds CTE to the definition of a well-rounded education, bringing it into the spotlight previously reserved for traditional subjects like English and math.

You Should Care About CTE Pathways for Manufacturing

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

In this blog series, we delve into four important Career Clusters® that are in need of more educated and well-trained students to fill the higher-skill, higher-wage jobs open to them. These Career Clusters are health science, information technology, business management and administration, and manufacturing. In this post, we focus on the manufacturing industry.

There are many reasons why you, and your students, should care about the manufacturing industry! Manufacturing employs a remarkably large share of the labor force and produces materials required by consumers and sectors such as national infrastructure and defense. Modern manufacturing contributes to economic growth and raises both the technological stock and skills of a country. It is the backbone of our country and can be a strategic advantage for countries worldwide.

Why You Should Schedule Time to Learn About Blended Learning Solutions

Contributor: 
Jerry Brodsky

I empathize with the sentiment of annoyance that school administrators feel when they're scheduled to hear a sales pitch on an already busy day. However, as educational leaders, I think we're forgetting something important: This sales person that we're scheduled to meet with will likely provide us with an important educational tool that can do wonders for our school district's success.  

CTE Curriculum Yields Promising Future in Business Management and Administration

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

In this blog series, we delve into four important Career Clusters® that are in need of more educated and well-trained students to fill the higher-skill, higher-wage jobs open to them. These Career Clusters are health science, information technology, business management and administration, and manufacturing. In our last post, we explored the need to prepare students for careers in the information technology field. In this post, we focus on business management and administration.

Preparing Students for a Bright Future in IT with CTE

Contributor: 
Amanda Cunningham

In this blog series, we will delve into four important Career Clusters® that are in need of more educated and well-trained students to fill the higher-skill, higher-wage jobs open to them. These Career Clusters are health science, information technology, business management and administration, and manufacturing. In our first post, we explored the need to prepare students for careers the health science field. In this post, we will focus on Information Technology (IT).

Health Science Job Security and How to Get There with CTE

Contributor: 
Amanda Cunningham

In this blog series, we will delve into four important Career Clusters® that are in need of more educated and well-trained students to fill the higher-skill, higher-wage jobs open to them. These Career Clusters are health science, information technology, business management and administration, and manufacturing. In this post we will focus on health science.

Catching Up or Getting Ahead with Online Summer School Programs

Contributor: 
Amanda Cunningham

Many young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer break. Typically, students lose about two months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computation skills, and low-income students lose an additional two months in reading achievement—despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains according to the National Summer Learning Association.                                                              

Summer school doesn’t need to be the un-air-conditioned agony that students and teachers imagine it to be. Instead, it can be an opportunity to help students stay on track to graduate, get ahead with core courses, or be inspired with career-building electives.

From Exploration through Certification: Career and Technical Education

Contributor: 
Amanda Cunningham

Of students who didn’t finish high school, 81 percent say that relevant, real-world learning opportunities would have kept them in school, according to the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and the National Center for Education Statistics. Gregg Levin, Fuel Education's general manager stated that, whether or not your students plan to go on to post-secondary education or straight into the workforce, the option for career and technical education (CTE) can “open doors for students to have better lives after graduation.”

Success with Online High School Courses: From Probation to Graduation for More Than 600 Students

Contributor: 
Amanda Cunningham

Blended Learning Success

After Chicago Public Schools (CPS) put John Marshall Metropolitan High School on academic probation in 2009, the Marshall staff knew that innovation was necessary to address their problems. The solution was created in 2011, using funds provided by United States Department of Education, when the Marshall staff designed and implemented the Pathway to Accelerated Student Success (PASS) program. 

online credit recovery program at PASS

Since implementation in February 2011, more than 600 PASS program students have earned their high school diplomas and more than 2,000 credits have been recovered through online high school courses.

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