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Parental Involvement Increases Student Success

Seniors volunteering at the Riverside Food Bank. A trip to the LA County Arboretum. Walking through the flower fields in Carlsbad. Touring the USS Midway in San Diego. These are just a few examples of what Method students have been up to over the past few weeks. But what about the parents? Almost invariably, students enrolled at Method have parents or guardians who take a hands-on approach to their child's education. And they deserve time together too. 
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Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education: The Future of School

The landscape of the American workforce is changing rapidly. Technology and automation are making many jobs obsolete, while new industries are springing up to take their place. In this ever-changing climate, it's more important than ever for students to have access to quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. CTE programs give students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in high-demand careers. Many of these programs can be completed in just a few years, which means students can fast-track their way into well-paying jobs. And with CTE programs available in a wide range of industries, there's something for everyone.
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Accountability

What's the Point of Testing?

“What’s the point of testing?” Each year without fail, teachers and school administrators hear this question whispered in the halls when spring testing comes around. We hear all the arguments against tests – it takes away from instruction, it puts undue pressure on the students, and let’s get back to teaching. While testing can sometimes be thought of as a necessary evil, it is not without value. Effective schools use this opportunity to measure themselves. The achievement data from state tests help to measure our overall effectiveness as a school, identify underserved student groups, and show your student their growth every year. When used wisely, the CAASPP is an effective data point that can guide the direction of your school.  
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Charter Schools

Filling Public School Gaps: When to Consider Virtual Charter Schools

Whether parents realize it or not, traditional public schools are failing. And the gaps in learning are widening at a scary pace. Luckily, if you spot learning gaps early on, you can avoid long-term learning consequences for your child.
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10 Tips for Creating a Structured Online Learning Schedule

Online learning sparks new opportunities for growth. It also comes with a whole new lifestyle. As a parent, that adjustment might seem overwhelming. After all, you have a pile of responsibilities to juggle on a daily basis as it is. Luckily, taking time to create a structured online learning environment can add much-needed stability to your day and can help your student get more out of online learning. Not sure where to start? Read on. We’ve laid out 10 tips for creating a structured learning schedule for your child to enhance their online learning experience and lighten your load.
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Tenacity

Building Community In A Time of Isolation

Up until a few weeks ago, I enjoyed the best of both work worlds – working at Method Headquarters a few days a week and from home the rest of the week.  I was still able to have in-person meetings, catch a staff member to have a quick chat, and enjoy some community building just by sitting together in our staff lounge and talking about our pets (our furry children), our children (our non-furry pets), travel plans or dreams, the last Netflix documentary that everyone binge-watched, and the results of last night’s basketball game or football match.
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Online Curriculum

Method Schools Announces their UC a-g and NCAA Course Approval!

Method Schools is pleased to announce its course catalog remains UC and NCAA approved.  Course lists are viewable on the UC a-g and NCAA (enter High School Code: 850455 to view) portals. 
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testing

How Commitment to Assessment Can Change School Culture

Our ultimate goal at Method is to improve academic achievement in all students.  This task is never easy in any school, but it is made even more complex when our teachers work with students online that are potentially hundreds of miles away.   The nature of our online school model requires a concerted effort and investment in a systemized approach toward assessment. attention.
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culture

Work-Life Balance: Working Remotely at Method

When someone proudly states, “I’m a teacher!” the image that immediately comes to mind include walls lined with brightly decorated bulletin boards, class sets of books arranged on a corner bookshelf, and thirty pairs of eyes and ears listening and watching an excited adult at the front of the room animatedly teaching a lesson.  Like always, Method breaks this mold.  When a teacher proudly states, “I’m a Method teacher!” a typical workday may include a math class with 20 students that morning, some one-on-one meetings with homeroom students, and wrapping up the day with a staff meeting – perhaps in fuzzy socks.
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