My forthcoming documentary, Crotty's kids, shows how debate and mentorship improve inner city dropout rates. In previous posts, I've noted how solving the urban dropout epedemic, particularly if dropouts finish high school and graduate college in a STEM field, will dramatically improve our unemployment and deficit crises.
Most of the computers in the library at Tate High School in Iowa City were occupied at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, long after the traditional school hours. The students, many of them dropouts, using the computers are enrolled in different online classes as part of the Iowa City school district's Phoenix Program.
School is out, and for most students enjoying their midsummer pleasures, class time is a distant memory. Changes are underway that make it likely to stay that way. The schools students return to in the fall will look quite different from those they left behind.
Interest in online credit-recovery courses continues to surge, prompting some policy experts and educators to consider whether traditional rules requiring students to spend a certain number of hours in the classroom, rather than simply demonstrate their proficiency in the subject matter, are increasingly outdated.
Disrupting Class, a new book by Clayton M. Christensen, Michale B. Horn and Curtis W. Johnson, applies Christensen's now famous theories of "disruptive" change to the field of education.
All students learn differently. Most of us know this intuitively. We learn best through different methods, with different styles, and at different paces. We remember being in school and struggling to master a concept while a friend of ours grasped it immediately. When a parent or teacher would explain the same concept in a different way, however, we understood.
This week, Innosight Institute, where I am the executive director of the education practice, released a landmark report, titled The rise of K-12 blended learning: Profiles of Emerging Models, which profiles 40 different operators leading the rise of K-12 blended learning.
Most people think of online learning as a quiet, solitary experience. But over the past few months, after interviewing students, parents, and aducators, a different sort of picture has emerged.
With a wealth of online courses for school districts to choose from, plus an abundance of interactive activities, videos, and digital information to sift through to design such courses, school leaders are embracing a variety of approaches to build online curricula.
Helping students stay on track for graduation from high school has never been more important, or more challenging, than it is today. A high school diploma is essential for students to qualify for the jobs that will allow them to earn the income necessary to support themselves and a family, and education beyond high school is increasingly a requirement for the positions available in today's global economy.