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Method Schools

Charter Schools Are An Investment

Charter schools are an investment. Like most ventures, some risk is involved in order to realize a return on the investment. Some fail, while some end academically and financially successful. Unlike school districts, the risks of charter schools face are usually life and death struggles for the survival of the organization. 
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SIS

SmartFox Announces Smart Messages

SmartFox, built by Method Schools, recently launched Smart Messages, which allows for more transparent and informed communication between students, parents and teachers. Messages show up on user dashboards and are divided up into four categories:
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School Choice

5 Great Benefits of Attending a California Charter School

It's a new year, and it's a great time to discuss school choice and specifically some of the many benefits of choosing a charter school for your child. We know that in Southern California parents have many options when it comes to your child's education. As communities continue to strive for the best educational options and push the school of choice movement forward, the decision of where to send your student can be a tricky one. Parents have to decide between the local public school, fancy private institutions, online schools, charter schools, even homeschooling is a popular choice. So why should you decide to send your child to a charter school?
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Data Driven Education

The Benefits of Data Driven Education

Big data is reshaping the way students learn, and a variety of digital classroom tools are changing the teaching dynamics for teachers. The current data driven education system involves the inclusion of computers in K-12 classes, and students are increasingly experiencing data-driven teaching as a completely integrated part of a post-textbook, customized academic process. Thanks to technology, algorithms are constantly analyzing your behavior online and offline. They influence what you do in the moment and frequently steer you toward what to do next.
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EdTech

Automation Brings Speed and Convenience to Modern Teachers

I'm not a teacher, but anyone who is or ever has been knows their time can be scarce. These dedicated agents of education are continuously splitting their focus and schedule between instructing classes, tutoring struggling students, grading papers, and meeting with parents; not to mention any involvement in extra-curricular activities. Teaching even a single classroom of students creates a massive amount of work in the form of designing lesson plans, preparing slides or transparencies, printing worksheets, and grading every assignment.
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quality schools

Top Four Reasons Parents Choose a Specific Charter School

    "If you build it, they will come."   Not necessarily! I used to think that this phrase from one of my favorite movies applied when it came to building and marketing schools to K-12 families. Today, not so much. Parents have so many new and exciting school options to choose from. This blog will focus on charter schools. Not why parents choose charter schools in general, which has been the topic of many blogs, but which factors parents take into account when selecting a specific charter school for their child.
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Charter Schools

Increasing School Enrollment The Right Way In An Environment Hostile to Growth

I had some thoughts this morning I have often - how to grow a school product and brand in an oversaturated charter school market. Although the first answer is always to make a better product (school) and continually refine it by listening to our customers (parents and students), all while informing ourselves with our own data, there's more to it. There are far too many macroeconomic and regulatory pressures to simply build a better school product and expect commensurate returns on investment. 
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Charter Schools

How Charter Schools Are Funded: Accomplishing More With Less

Because they are public schools, charter schools should be afforded the same funding as public schools within a school district.
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School Choice

Adopting A Customer Centric Focus In K-12 Education

One of the most entrenched beliefs in K-12 education is that students are assigned where to go to school based on where they live. The zip code lottery as it’s sometimes put. Perhaps it’s so entrenched because it’s been that way for over a hundred years. Or, it could be because when it comes to school districts, students are still assigned their school by where they live.
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Charter Schools

Change is Shorthand for Opportunity in Education (Repost)

“Change is shorthand for opportunity. You’ll get extinguished if you think you will not have to change.” 
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