Authentic Learning Category 3

Here is a collection of articles written on the EdVisions model and network schools.

Authentic Learning articles

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Category 3: Small learning communities of 100-150 units (school, academy, house, etc.).

Faus, D. C., & Clark, T. M. (2009). Built to lastIndependent School68(4), 80.

The article presents information on the survival of small schools in the U.S. It mentions that having a mission statement makes the school distinct from the competitors. Having a small endowment works in favor of the school as they do not have to replace the large endowment funds suddenly. Small number of students help the teachers to focus on each child individually. It is stated that strong and good working boards can implement spending decisions rapidly in response to a situation.

Gilmore, D. (2014). What today's corporate leaders can learn from k-12 schoolsSan Diego Business Journal35(17), A25.

The article focuses on the learning the corporate leaders may obtain from K-12 schools in San Diego, California. Topics discussed include the five trends in K-12 school design and their impacts on corporate facilities design, including small learning communities (SLCs), flexible learning environments, and incorporation of technology. Also mentioned are education, business value, and environmental-friendly building design.

How small schools grew up and got serious (but didn't lose their spunk). (2010). Phi Delta Kappan92(4), 62.

The article discusses the reorganization of large high schools into small learning communities (SLCs) under the U.S. federal Smaller Learning Community Program and provides five lessons from schools' transitions. It examines structural reforms, curricular improvements, and instructional visions. The authors comment on the need to reallocate educational resources, secure support from school districts, and implement changes quickly. Other topics include teacher work load, interdisciplinary collaboration, and remedial courses.

Pascopella, A. (2011). A humble, small learning communityDistrict Administration47(6), 58.

The article presents a profile of the efforts by Guy Sconzo, the superintendent of Texas' Humble Independent School District (HISD), to increase student performance on standardized tests by dividing the large student population into small learning communities (SLCs) to better provide personalized learning opportunities. It overviews the structure of the SLCs in the district and also examines the impact of the reforms on student performance on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).

Realon, M. S. (2013). "Here's to the crazy ones:" Legendary words spark educators and businesses. Techniques: Connecting Education & Careers, 88(2), 48.

The article focuses on the development of Olympic High School, Charlotte, North Carolina to become a campus of five theme-based small schools including International Business and Communication Studies, Biotechnology and Health and Global Studies and Economics. Olympic has embraced the action strategy through project-based and experiential learning by collaborating with Siemens Energy Inc. and Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).

Sparks, S. D. (2013). High schoolsEducation Week33(2), 5.

The article notes the 2013 report "Sustained Progress: New Findings About the Effectiveness and Operation of Small Public High Schools of Choice in New York City" by the group MDRC, which studies the causes of high graduation rates at small high schools in New York City.