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.

3 Tips for Teaching Hot Topics in an Online Setting

Contributor: 
Fuel Education

As a civics educator in an online setting, I often have to navigate some tricky waters. In my case, I teach in the state of Florida, which has a hotly divided population. If you’ve watched the news at all, you’re aware there are things going on in our country and world that are viewed from very different perspectives—party politics, terrorism, immigration, gun violence, gun rights, women’s reproductive rights, rights of the unborn, police brutality, civil liberties, and on and on. As much as I’d love to bury my head in the sand and avoid all of these discussions, it’s my responsibility as a civics educator to discuss the issues that help individuals form and shape their political ideologies and affiliations. Students have to know political party platforms, and the types of issues that may lead a person to identify with one party over the other.

Bending the Rules of Time and Space

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

Education has, for the most part, been beholden to the rules and regulations of a factory-model classroom since the 19th century. This traditional educational model, premised on lawfulness and orderliness, set stringent standards on when, where, and how students were educated in public schools and beyond. 

With the advent of the computer age came a chance to break free from this limiting tradition. Digital resources and technologies have now ushered in innovative learning possibilities. Schools have begun to move away from the traditional factory-model classroom by altering the rules of time and space

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.

6 Tips to Jumpstart Blended Learning

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

Fuel Education recently asked educators from around the country to offer practical tips on blended learning that others could use in their schools. We narrowed their responses down to six tips to help you jumpstart blended learning in this new school year. Originally published in a convenient downloadable guidebook, Blended Learning Tips from Educators to Jumpstart Learning, we offer a shortened overview here.

Open-Space Learning Center Ignites Passion for Blended Learning

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

In its new series, "Research: Outcomes of Blended/Online Learning Programs," the Evergreen Education Group takes an in-depth look at successful blended and online programs across the nation to examine the best practices that have created tangible results. We are pleased to share with you some highlights from the Springs Studio for Academic Excellence case study.

Teachers Express Their Concerns about Blended Learning

Contributor: 
Renae Abboud

Blended learning implementation in the education space is gaining momentum all over the globe—yet teachers have varying degrees of comfort with this innovative model of instruction. As we transition to new education models, it is important to be cognizant that some teachers are apprehensive about these changes. Administrators who understand the teachers’ concerns can personalize professional development and consulting needs to address the essential instructional component in blended learning.

How to Include Fun in the Online Classroom

Contributor: 
Kelli Hicks

A couple years ago I ran a 5K with my sister. At the same event, my nephew completed a half marathon. At the end of his event, he received a finisher’s medal. However, my sister and I didn’t receive a medal because they didn’t hand them out for any events shorter than the half marathon. I quickly decided that I wanted a medal too. 

100 Percent Graduation Rates for a Public Military Academy

Contributor: 
Amanda Cunningham

In its new series, “Research: Outcomes of Blended/Online Learning Programs,” the Evergreen Education Group takes an in-depth look at successful blended and online programs across the nation to examine the best practices that have created tangible results. We are pleased to share with you some highlights from the Carver Military Academy case study.

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