Iteration and Innovation

Education for Change Public Schools is dedicated to providing our students with a 21st century education that will prepare them for success in college and in life.   Paramount in this goal is supporting innovation and iteration in our schools to rethink what a 21st Century Education looks like.   At EFC, we pride ourselves in encouraging a culture of inquiry and improvement.  Since 2012,  we have focused on leveraging technology to personalize student learning and building student capacity to lead and manage their own learning.

Supporting Blended Learning at Epic!

Supporting Blended Learning at Epic!

The 2014-2015 school year was an exciting one at Education for Change.  We opened our first new middle school  – Epic – designed to specifically to engage Oakland adolescents and empower them around their learning.  A Startup Education winner for innovative design, a Next Generation Learning Challenge grantee for breakthrough school model, and an Ashoka Changemaker Re-Imagine Learning Finalist, Epic is a dramatic redesign of the traditional middle school.

After learning from pilots in multiple schools, we have implemented personalized learning organization-wide, incorporating best practices learned along the way.  At Epic, we introduced student dashboards to encourage students to take ownership of their own learning.  At ASCEND, we are iterating on multiage classrooms to facilitate maximum agility to address student needs.  EFC is also a Google Apps for Education network, and is supportive of teachers who want to become Google Certified and really integrate next generation technology into their instruction.

Snapshot of student dashboard, incorporating badges, and academic & SEL goal setting & reflection.

Snapshot of student dashboard, incorporating badges, and academic & SEL goal setting & reflection.

 

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