Khan Academy at Summit Public Schools (grades 9-12)
O ano letivo de 2011-2012 foi transformador para as escolas públicas Summit. O que começou como um programa piloto de ensino híbrido de matemática em nossas duas escolas de San José reformulou totalmente o modelo de nossas escolas da próxima geração, que terão as duas primeiras unidades abertas no outono de 2013. O sucesso do programa piloto influenciou a maneira como estas escolas vão se comportar, bem como a forma como os alunos vão interagir com os professores e progredir nos níveis de aprendizado.Como organização, as Escolas públicas Summit estão focadas em preparar todos os alunos não apenas para frequentarem as aulas, mas para serem bem-sucedidos nos cursos superiores de quatro anos ou mais. Para alcançar esse objetivo da melhor forma, começamos, no verão de 2011, a explorar maneiras de acelerar o aprendizado dos nossos alunos. Estávamos especialmente interessados em abordar falhas acadêmicas que vinham do ensino fundamental e ensino médio. Acreditamos que a tecnologia nos permitiu criar um ambiente de aprendizado mais personalizado para cada aluno, oferecendo exatamente o que eles precisavam, quando e como precisavam.
Primeiro passo: testar o modelo
Passo dois: otimizar toda a escola
- Reimagining the physical classroom and school environment by removing walls to create an open architecture learning space that accommodates all learning styles, as well as individual workstations for students. This open architecture allows for the natural flow of ideas among teachers and students. It is a re-envisioning of what a school looks like, as well as of how a student learns and an educator teaches. The school design is completely centered around accommodating the personalized pathways and learning styles of individual students in order to address what each needs to be successful in college and beyond.
- Redesigning teacher roles to move towards teams of educators, which can include teachers, learning coaches, intervention specialists and data analysts. These teams work together to provide high-quality, face-to-face learning experiences for students, while allowing technology to drive individualized learning, data and create a robust loop of information. Teams of educators can provide one-to-one tutoring and coaching, small group learning experiences, workshops and labs, as well as larger group experiences such as Socratic seminars, presentations or case studies.
- Removing the restrictions of traditional grade levels to give students the true freedom to move at their own pace. Students are placed in one of three learning phases - High School Ready, College Ready and Early College - and progress through them, based upon mastery of all the standards of a learning phase. Evaluation of this progress depends on mastery of key skills such as goal setting, time management, study skills, persistence, initiative or self-direction, task completion and responsibility, as well as academic standards.
- Empowering students to take charge of their own learning by shifting away from the teacher-directed rotations (e.g., between digital learning and face-to-face instruction) typical of most blended environments. In our optimized school model, students can fully self-direct their learning. Students log-on to a learning management system each day to select a customized learningplaylist, including online apps and other programs, that helps them move through a set of personalized learning goals. Mentorship from and interaction with educator teams helps ensure they are on the right path.