As our world continually changes, schools are challenged to change education approaches. Students need personalized learning to better prepare them for college, career and life. As a society, we need education that provides a brighter future for all students.
KnowledgeWorks offers a portfolio of innovative education approaches designed to help schools create environments that allow each student to thrive. Through extensive customization, radical personalization and new roles for learners, schools can build diverse and vibrant learning ecosystems.
Personalized learning should be a system-level reality rather than an occasional success story. At KnowledgeWorks, we are creating tools for states and districts and higher education institutions interested in fundamentally transforming learning and moving towards student-centered systems.
There are countless examples of personalized learning environments, models and schools from coast to coast. How do we scale these approaches and build whole systems that provide personalized learning options for all students? One important step is to make sure the district can support a system-wide approach. Through our policy, community and school-based work, we have identified the conditions that a K-12 school district should put in place to support the scaling of personalized learning and early colleges.
Early College High School
For too many students, the dream of higher education is out of reach. KnowledgeWorks early college high schools are changing what it means to be a college student and putting students on the fast track to success. These schools support students least likely to attend college, simply because of their circumstances, and put them into an atmosphere with high levels of support and expectations.
Through early college high schools, students have a four-year academic roadmap that accelerates them through a rigorous high school course of study resulting in up to 60 hours of college credit, an associate degree and / or industry credentials, by the time they graduate from high school. These schools offer personalized plans for each student, reaching underserved student populations including students from families without college experience, low-income, English language learners and students of color.
A competency- or proficiency-based education prepares all K-12 students for college and career by ensuring that they proceed through course material at a pace that is right for them, rather than waiting for their peers to catch up or moving on without having fully mastered the material. Under this model, students master one set of skills and knowledge within a subject area before advancing to the next set.