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  1. A Tour of Innovative Schools Dr. Bernard Bull www.etale.org @bdean1000 Bernard.bull@cuw.edu

  2. What is a school? Important Present Essential

  3. What do you know about… • personalized pathways, • personal learning plans, • adaptive learning, • blended learning models and tools, • online learning, • real-time learning analytics, • 1:1 programs, • & charter management organizations.

  4. What is educational innovation? “Unchained solutions to educational problems through experimentation, exploration, and getting informed about the possibilities.”

  5. What is an innovative school? • Visionary leadership informed by possibilities largely invisible to other school leaders. • One or two clear, unavoidable, school-shaping concepts • A “tough” mindset • Extensive “research” • Strong alliance with like-minded organizations

  6. What is an innovative school? • Effectiveness and impact data about student learning • Unusually high turnover • Highly protective of what (or who) they put in the water • Heavy investment in ongoing PD, especially new people • Active in sharing their “secret”

  7. KM Global The Problem / Possibility How do we prepare students for leadership in a global and connected world?

  8. KM Global The Solution • Personalized project-based learning with local and global connections • Separate school, but embedded within the “legacy” high school

  9. KM Global How does it work? • Learning coaches and content mentors. • Semester-long inquiry aligned to state standards & graduation requirements. • Connections beyond the school / internships

  10. KM Global How does it work? • Semester defense • Supplemented with online, blended and some traditional AP courses. • Learning teams • Student access to “legacy” high school resources.

  11. Inquiry Examples • How do you create and maintain an investment portfolio as a young adult? • How has the Human Genome Project changed treatment for Sickle Cell Anemia over the last decade? • What evidence do scientists have that animals have emotion, and how can their emotion/behavior be changed? • How does geography and income effect a person’s nutritional diet? • How has the motorcycle impacted society? • How has technology impacted the music industry today? • What does the existence of zombies in popular culture say about society?

  12. KM Global A Day/Week in the Life • Meet with learning coach 4+ times/week • Written reflection 5+ times/week • Learning team advisory meetings 2 times/week • Weekly seminar 1/week • Attend and work in one or more legacy, blended, or online courses as determined by personal learning plan • Field experiences, interviews, visits, internships

  13. KM Global Resources • Learning coaches • Legacy teachers • Community partnerships • Global connections • Project Foundry, Blendspace, Moodle, 1:1 laptop, Aleks math, video conferencing technology

  14. USC Hybrid High School The Problem / Possibility Only 8% of people from low income families graduate college by age 24?

  15. USC Hybrid High School The Solution • Personalized Learning • High Expectations • Traditional + Studio Time

  16. USC Hybrid High School How does it work? • Half of the time is teacher led courses. • Studio time working on interactive, self-paced, mastery lessons.

  17. USC Hybrid High School How does it work? • Teachers spend significant time designing the self-paced lessons. • Self-placed lessons are built for real-time tracking of student progress and mastery. • Optional academic exercises

  18. USC Hybrid High School A Day/Week in the Life • Attend teacher-led classes classes • 75 minutes of studio time – “It is truly empowering to watch a kid press pause.”

  19. USC Hybrid High School Resources • USC • Emagine Charter Management Organization • 2:1 laptop and iPad • Other curricular partners

  20. Tagos Leadership Academy The Problem / Possibility How can we provide a personalized path to helping students build self-confidence and academic skills?

  21. Tagos Leadership Academy The Solution • Personalized learning plans • Student-led project-based learning • Restorative justice • Learning coaches • Advisory circles

  22. Tagos Leadership Academy How does it work? • Personalized plan with learning coach • Town hall meetings • Circles • Self-directed projects

  23. Tagos Leadership Academy How does it work? • Daily unplugged reading time. • 10-12 annual “Experience Days” • Project defenses • Adaptive math curriculum for all students

  24. Tagos Leadership Academy A Day/Week in the Life • Circles • 1 on 1 with learning coach • Town hall meeting • Reading time • Individual project time • Experience day (every third week)

  25. Tagos Leadership Academy Resources • Office space for each student • Presentation area • Meeting area • ALEKS for math • Modest library • Distance learning room • No traditional classrooms

  26. Innovation Lutheran High School Network The Problem / Possibility How can we adapt to local needs & contexts while leveraging the power of the global Lutheran education network?

  27. Innovation Lutheran High School Network • LHS management teams or SIGs for high-impact area (STEAM, blended & online, PBL, personalized learning, etc.) • Shared robust LMS for easy collaboration • 21cle.com • LHS Open Badge (Micro-Credentialing) Curriculum Project • CUS Dual Credit Consortium • Teacher/Course/Curriculum Co-op • LHS MOOCs • Center for Research and Innovation in Lutheran Education

  28. A Tour of Innovative Schools Dr. Bernard Bull www.etale.org @bdean1000 Bernard.bull@cue.edu