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20:1 Class Size and More Blue Track Enhancements for 2019-20

We’re continuously refining our program to better serve students of all backgrounds, abilities and interests. And as we enter our sixth school year, we're more equipped and committed than ever to support growth for each-and-every student. We have made many enhancements to better support online, independent study students and to build an overall community committed to growth.
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Small Class Sizes

Back to the Roots of Independent Study Public Charter Schools

I've worked in the independent study public charter school space since 1999 back when they were far more utilitarian than they have become today. There were no funds for families to spend, no selecting and purchasing preferred curriculum, and no desire for freedom from the requirement to demonstrate work completed and academic progress.
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Pathway to the Moon: A Plan to Make Change Happen

Creating change within organizations and our lives can be daunting and often fueled by fear and resistance. I have often tried to live by the wisdom that if the only thing keeping me from taking a step towards a bold change is fear, then that is the clearest sign that I must do it. In working in organizations that often struggle with change, I have found these very simple steps to assist in supporting purposeful change that creates meaningful work and purposeful lives.
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School Choice

The Negative Cycle of Student Immobilization

During a time of heated intolerance of public charter schools, we are reminded of those who ultimately suffer the consequences of limited school choice. The potential decline of school choice due to struggles over student revenue are sharpening the impact on those trapped in the poorest of neighborhoods.
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Method Schools

This is Connected Learning

At Method Schools, we've developed effective online systems and rigorous content we call SmartFox, to not only engage students, but to ensure interaction, collaboration and support for ultimate success in an online environment. Our tools and practices require regular student and teacher collaboration and ongoing support to create an overall successful environment for each and every student.
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School Choice

The Disenfranchising of California Families

I grew up in a strict Democratic household. So severe in fact, that anyone who did not share the same beliefs was left to feel moderately or even extremely uncomfortable in our home. We represented the working class and with my father as an impassioned union steward, we closely aligned ourselves to the disadvantaged and our mission was to fight for the underdog and always work to ensure equal opportunities for all.
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Online Learning

How To Make A Successful Online School

My personal experience in the online learning space Over 20 years ago, I can remember being one of the first in my professional circle, pushing to implement virtual content in a variety of educational settings. I met this push with fierce resistance and many questions that I didn’t yet have answers. At the time we were experimenting with different forms of online and blended models and still had many features and details to figure out.   During this time, we were in need of enhanced tools and practices to better serve a homeschool population of students with diverse abilities and backgrounds. Additionally, we were in need of effective solutions for common pain points within the industry: serving mobile and distant learners, the need for real time data of remote students and the need to diminish curriculum prep time to enable teachers to devote all of their time on individual instructional time.
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Online Learning

How Online Learning Has Disrupted Traditional Schooling

Whether examining the auto, tech, educational or any other industry, the threat of being outperformed by innovative newcomers is continuously growing. Generally, innovative newcomers outperform others within their industry by introducing more and convenient affordable products or services that over time transform sectors.
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smartfox

Necessity is the Mother of Invention: Building Online Courses and a Fully Integrated SIS & LMS

Fully Integrated K-12 System from Lead Generation to Transcript Delivery Developing a comprehensive system that delivers seamless integration from lead generation, to student enrollment and student information, to delivery of state reports and standard aligned content has been built on the foundation of a long career in the educational systems and content delivery space.
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