San Carlos, CA (PRWEB) June 23, 2014
Education Elements, the leader in designing and implementing personalized learning for school districts, congratulates Seeds of Health, MC2 High School on a successful implementation of a blended learning rotational model at the high school level, leading to impressive NWEA MAP score gains for their students.
MC2’s NWEA MAP scores increased in nearly every grade and subject in 2013-14 with growth more than three times what was expected in several areas (note 12th graders do not take NWEA MAP at MC2). Students outperformed national norms in 9th, 10th and 11th grade Reading, and 9th, 10th, and 11th grade Math. For example, in 9th grade Reading, students increased an average of 4.9 points (the expected growth is 1.5) from fall to spring. This means students grew more than 3 years in a single year’s time! 10th and 11th grade made equally impressive growth in reading. The Math gains were even greater, 9th and 10th graders made over 6 points in gains from fall to spring, more than three times the expected growth.
Education Elements worked with MC2 to design and implement a blended learning model for Math, English, Science, and Social Studies for grades 9-12. MC2 launched a three station blended learning model in Fall 2014 in which students move from direct, to collaborative, to independent stations for each of these content areas. The model has been supported by deep, 1-1 teacher coaching by Brooke DeLassus, MC2’s Blended Learning Director. DeLassus said, “This model is impactful because it ensures that all teachers are creating engaging, differentiated lessons for all students. We believe that all students deserve a motivating and accessible approach to education and the rotation model helps us meet students where they’re currently at and personalize their learning.”
MC2 Math teacher Jeff Wojcik agrees. “Blended learning draws students into the material by utilizing a medium that is second nature to all 21st century students while still retaining the spark of human interest and engagement. Differentiation is no longer an ideal that teachers continually strive to perfect, but an everyday reality due to the holistic elements of blended learning.”
The school has also developed strong rubrics and instructional practices around training students to be independent learners, including a Critical Success Factors Rubric, that helps students and teachers recognize areas of growth and areas for improvement as students take more ownership of their learning. MC2’s parent survey indicated that “100% of parents Agree or Strongly Agree that the school has high expectations for their child.”
“It is great to see such a high degree of success in a high school,” remarked Anthony Kim, Founder and CEO of Education Elements. “We sometimes hear the concern that this won’t work in high schools but this is another example that it can and it does.”
Education Elements is a nationally recognized solutions company that helps districts develop and implement personalized learning strategies. Ed Elements' services help districts to create strategies, design instructional models and support teachers in integrating technology and instruction. Our platform provides students, teachers, and administrators each with a single entry point to access digital content and the detailed performance data they need to guide instruction and learning. This innovative cloud service offers simple and accessible data visualizations with actionable insights for users of all types. Education Elements has worked with over 100 schools across 40+ districts in the US; more than any other company.
MC2 is a high school that is a part of Seeds of Health network in Milwaukee. Innovative learning at MC2 blends face-to-face instruction, online instruction, independent learning, and collaborative grouping. The focus of MC2 High School is to differentiate instruction based on the abilities, learning styles, and interests of students, using technology to instruct, support, assess, engage, motivate, and re-connect students to their learning experiences. At the core of MC2’s blended learning model are relationships, rigor, and relevance, which allow us to personalize learning for all of our students.