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Class Size

Does Class Size Impact Student Achievement?

Traditionally, small class size is one of the very first things to be cut during budget tightening or financial crisis in public schools. I have heard many stories of teachers having so many students crammed in a classroom that walking around the room was a challenge at times. From an instructional and student performance perspective, one can’t help but wonder how effective a learning environment such as that can be.
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online home school

How to Make California’s Homeschooling Programs Better

Homeschooling is not new to education. There are homeschooling program options throughout California that have served students on a smaller scale for years. Traditionally, homeschooling programs attracted students who were either in need of a home hospital type of set up or for students who had extreme challenges with the structure of a traditional school model.
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Online Learning

Balancing "On and Off Screen Time" In An Independent Study Charter School

At Method Schools we aim to educate the whole student by integrating a variety of modalities into our program. As an independent charter school, we have been afforded the creative space to combine adaptive and personalized online learning with small group instruction along with collaborative and content driven projects. Through this implementation, we have quickly discovered that even while building a program that includes diversified educational activities, most content is delivered through a singular screened device and this requires ample time in front of a screen.
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Online Curriculum

What Is Independent Study?

Although relatively new to the long-term educational landscape, Independent Study is becoming more widely used in a variety of settings and implementations. In most cases in independent study models, students work primarily from home in curriculum that often delivers the same rigor and bears the same credit as curriculum in a traditional, seat-based model. The student is usually equipped with a detailed guide on how to navigate through the curriculum on their own, with the help of a designated support person, who is often a parent. In addition to the assigned person at home, the independent study student works closely with Highly Qualified Teachers to provide instructional support when needed. How this looks depends largely on how the model has been implemented. Today, many independent study models include time on site that can include instructional sessions, tutoring, labs, collaborative projects and a variety of elective offerings for students.
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PhD

Getting a PhD…Just Like Graduating From High School?

I recently passed the defense of my dissertation on change within education and earned a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction after 3 ½ years of hard work, sacrifice, and determination.
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Project Based Learning

Making History Come Alive Through Project Based Learning

Method Schools takes a unique approach to Social Studies as it offers more than the traditional. Social Studies at Method Schools comes alive through hands on projects and activities.  
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Method Schools

Choosing a School in California - Why WASC, UC, and NCAA Matter (Updated)

There are a large number of charter schools available to choose from today and that number continues to grow. It can be a daunting task for students and their parents to sift through the numerous options when looking for a charter school in which to enroll. Identifying the differences between charter schools can be challenging and requires research into elements of the schools such as the curriculum offered, components of the educational program, and the overall school community, just to name a few.
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personalization

Method’s System of Personalization: Identify, Diagnose, and Synthesize

Throughout the years, personalization has taken on many interpretations and implementations within the charter school space and more specifically, within independent study schools and programs. Most often, it simply translates into students taking online courses at their own pace (to some degree) either at home or at a school site or center.
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Charter Schools

Choosing a School in California - Why WASC, UC, and NCAA Matter

There are a large number of charter schools available to choose from today and that number continues to grow. It can be a daunting task for students and their parents to sift through the numerous options when looking for a charter school in which to enroll. Identifying the differences between charter schools can be challenging and requires research into elements of the schools such as the curriculum offered, components of the educational program, and the overall school community, just to name a few.
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Project Based Learning

The Continued Quest for Differentiation: Blending Independent Study with Project Based Learning

As previously discussed, there is a growing number of charter schools in California. As educational options continue to multiply, the K-12 school market has become highly competitive, even amongst traditional school districts. Charter schools and traditional schools are forced to improve their programs as families have more options to choose from than ever before.
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