Rethinking and Redefining Schools and Teachers

by Colette Moran

Michael McShane at the American Enterprise Institute is the go-to guy for the latest innovations in classrooms across the U.S. His latest piece discusses the success of hybrid schools that are truly thinking outside the box.

All across the country numerous organizations are rethinking how to deliver instruction and redefining what it means to be a “school” and a “teacher.”

Carpe Diem Public Charter Schools pair in-person and online instruction in an environment that looks unlike any school you’ve ever seen. Students at Carpe Diem spend a large part of their day in a kind of cubicle farm, progressing through customized educational programs on computers. Teachers circulate through the room, tracking student progress and periodically corralling small groups into classrooms that ring the large “learning center” to reinforce topics for students that are struggling or to personalize discussions of subjects like Literature.

The results are staggering.

Test scores were above all state averages, and the schools graduated 91 percent of their students, compared to the state average of  78 percent. And for 15 percent less cost.

The complete story can be found here, and a follow-up Q & A can be found here.

 

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