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Small Class Sizes

How Does a Small Class Size Change Your Child's Education?

In many cases, you hear the buzz about a concept long before you're able to see what actual results it will have for your student. "Small class sizes" sound great. You understand that's something important for your child's education. Unfortunately, what you really want to know is how much of a difference that will really make in your child's overall education. Whether you have a gifted learner, a student who falls squarely in the middle of the road, or a student who is struggling to keep up with their peers, your child can experience many of the benefits of a smaller class size--and it's not just about a better relationship with their instructors and fewer distractions.
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Project Based Learning

7 Ways Project-Based Learning Prepares Students for the Future

We all want our children to be prepared for the future. However, in this day and age, traditional school does not always guarantee the outcome we desire.
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education budgets

An Overview of Per Student Funding in the United States and California for Traditional and Charter Schools

The United States Constitution left the responsibility for funding public schools up to state and local governments.
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Blended Learning

A Parent's Guide to Blended Learning: Frequently Asked Questions

As a parent, it's often challenging to find a learning program that meets all of our child's needs.  Every child is unique.  What works well for someone else's child, may not be the best option for our own.  As technology grows, new learning environments open up for students.  One of the most popular education advances, "Blended Learning," allows students far more independence and control over their own education.  What is this learning method and how can it work for your child? Consider some of these commonly asked questions:
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Back To Work! Starting Online Middle School  After Winter Break

When you first enrolled your child in online middle school, you were committed. You had all the tools that you needed to succeed: a great computer, plenty of books, and all the art supplies your child could possibly need to put together fantastic projects. You checked over their work every day. The two of you were committed to making this work together, and you put a lot of energy into making it happen.
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Online Curriculum

Is Blended Learning Right For Your Child?

Lecture Heavy Learning is Out Lecture-based education was the norm in middle and high school for a long time. Ever since public school systems became regulated by the states and held applicable to uniform standards, teaching by lecture has been the default approach, and the recent emphasis on standardized testing instead of actual learning has only compounded this. After all, if teachers stand up and speak about the subject for an hour each day, they can ensure that they easily touch on whatever topics and benchmarks the state requires.
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personalization

Data-Driven K-12 Education in California

If you've not been in a K-12 school in a while, you may not know a new buzzword associated with learning, called data driven education, or individualized, differentiated or personalized learning. What this means is that students are tracked, via data, on everything they do, including commuting too and from school. Millions of pieces of data are compiled about their study habits, what they read, their interests, hobbies
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Project Based Learning

Benefits Of Project Based Learning

Many parents and educators don't realize how large of an impact project based learning can have on the education of middle and high school students. Part of the reason for this is simply that they may not have been exposed to the concept; they can't endorse something if they don't know it exists or how it's different from the education their child receives every day.
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