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Disillusioned Parent and a Cube of Sugar

Dear Disillusioned Parent,
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Method Schools

Modeling Support During This Unprecedented Time

During these unprecedented times, the entire field of education is making modifications to the way they deliver content and instruction. Though there are some of us who have always delivered the bulk of our educational programs virtually or through a distance modality, we have still had to alter how we deliver support in a variety of ways. As an online, independent study program, with our own developed student information system and comprehensive online course catalog, Method Schools has eliminated some elements of our program, such as our traveling Teach Squad that meets with various groups of students throughout the counties and closed our headquarter site for those staff that previously opted to collaborate in person.
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Method Schools

Recognizing Jade Fernandez, Our Head of Schools, as a True Leader

Leadership is a complex endeavor that demands continuous personal and professional growth. Some work diligently at it, while others may possess some intrinsic qualities that can make it a less arduous undertaking.
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Return on Investment: Method CAASAP Test Scores Way Up

The results are in, and for 2018-19, Method's standardized California CAASAP Math and Language Arts scores continued climbing. Lower online class size, more personalized help, extended chat hours, and better curriculum...some of the features all students get at Method. Which leads to scores that keep going up.   
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Online Learning

Even in Virtual Schools, Teachers Make the Difference

I'm not a teacher. I've never been a teacher. But this is my 20th year in K-12 education in finance, marketing, and product development, and I've had some thoughts lately about how education has changed in my time and what it will look like in the near future. While there have been some changes to how students are taught in recent years, schools operate in relatively the same way as 100 years ago. But change is accelerating due to the proliferation of school choice, online learning, and other technology advances.
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Online Learning

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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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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We Don't Cut Corners: Quality, Ethics and Choice in California Public Education

As a charter school today it feels like we're fighting a battle on two fronts. The first is well-known: traditionalists who are against individual choice in education. Everyone needs a boogeyman, and for public education it's been things like perceived lack of funding, the digital divide, new and changing academic standards, politicians, and now, charter schools. But charter schools aren't why school districts are losing revenues. It's the fact families choose charter schools. That's a distinction that districts should focus energy on.
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5 Years, A Lesson Learned, And A Request.

Marketing Method during the early days...message is still relevant   So here we are - starting year 5 at Method Schools. Well, officially year 5. The building of Method began long before we opened our doors. Wild ride is a cliché, but like most clichés it's overused for a reason. We've had all sorts of ups and downs, and recently co-founder Jessica Spallino and I sat down with our team to discuss their most memorable moments at Method. Some of them have been with us longer than others, but it was really fun to hear each of them present share their perspective on how they feel about working in our organization. Got me thinking...
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