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Sharing about Be GREAT Academy

  1. 1. The Be G.R.E.A.T. Academy A Charter College Preparatory School (Grades 6-12) Helping Your Children Prepare for the Global Creative Economy Feb 2013 (updated based upon parental feedback) Mark Lee Private & Confidential Blue Underlined Links are Active
  2. 2. Avg SAT Scores: Ivy League, Top US & CFL Schools NOT Top US Schools TO SCALE 2255 : 2099 Phillips Academy: 2096 Stuy (NYC): 2090 CFL Private Schools Brown: 2085 : 1935 Approximations: average of th & 75th percentiles LHPS: 182025 Private & Confidential
  3. 3. FL Top High Schools SAT Scores 1990 Private & Confidential
  4. 4. OCPS High Schools SAT Scores 1587 Private & Confidential
  5. 5. Benefiting From College ? Private & Confidential
  6. 6. “Academically Adrift”?College Students… did not demonstrate any significant improvement in learning• 45 percent of students: first two years of college.• 36 percent of students: four years of college.• Students also spent 50% less time studying compared with students a few decades ago• Students, on average, earned a 3.2 grade-point average. The main culprit for lack of academic progress of students … is a lack of rigor. ege_students_don_t_learn_much
  7. 7. College Costs Rise While Graduate Earnings Decline Average Tuition & Fees Average Earnings Private & Confidential
  8. 8. US Universities Drop in Value to Students/ParentsA degree has always been considered the key to agood job. But rising fees and increasing studentdebt, combined with shrinking financial andeducational returns, are undermining at least theperception that university is a good investment.Concern springs from a number of things: steeprises in fees, increases in the levels of debt ofboth students and universities, and the decliningquality of graduates.Debt per student has doubled in the past 15 years. … Those who earnedbachelor’s degrees in 2011 graduated with an average of $26,000 in debt.A federal survey showed that the literacy of college-educated citizens declinedbetween 1992 and 2003. Private & Confidential
  9. 9. Preparing Your Childfor the Global Creative Economy Private & Confidential
  10. 10. Students Need to Prepare for the Global Creative Economy Be Globally Ready Be CreativeLearn Multiple Spend Time Cross Grow Languages Abroad Disciplines Portfolio Meet Core Requirements Accelerate via Blended Learning Learn From the Best Private & Confidential Apply Technology Effectively
  11. 11. A Charter School (Grades 6-12) that Prepares Students for the Global Creative Economy Start a Tuition-Free Charter School That Meets these 3 NeedsGlobal Readiness Core Academic Requirements Creative Capacities We will Model the Proposed Charter School’s Global Readiness after Avenues (a brand-new $40,000/year NYC Private School) As a Tuition-Free Charter School, We will have to be Far More Innovative Private & Confidential
  12. 12. How Your Child Will Benefit Global Readiness Core Academic Requirements Creative CapacitiesUse Global Experiences Excel Use Creative Projects To For College Admissions to Enrich Portfolio & Enrich PortfolioFor College Admissions Succeed in College For College Admissions & & Prepare With Deep Prepare for Global Interaction For Career Growth FOCUS Private & Confidential
  13. 13. The Be G.R.E.A.T. AcademyGlobally Ready to Excel and Achieve Today Private & Confidential
  14. 14. A School with Personalized Education Learning Face-to-Face Side-by-Side Peer-to-Peer Teaching 1-to-Many
  16. 16. Be G.R.E.A.T. Academy Layout Private & Confidential
  17. 17. Max 120 students per Cohort Dunbar Number: 150School (Dec 2012 data) Population Capacity Difference Per Grade 1230 1164 66 410 Southwest MS 3627 3273 354 907 Dr. Phillips HS
  18. 18. Meet Core Academic Requirements Private & Confidential
  19. 19. Use Blended Learning (FLVS) to Meet Core Academic RequirementsStart College Counseling in MS Use Individualized Learning Plan & Advance by Ability Instead of Sequencing X X X X by Age/Grade Blend & Accelerate Learning Via FLVS Private & Confidential
  20. 20. Use FLVS for Online Instruction to Accelerate Learning Course Fall Semester Spring SemesterProgression Mode Algebra 1 (Honors) By Calendar Algebra I (Honors) Algebra II (Honors) By Competency Eager Students Can Accelerate Learning Based Upon their Abilities and Diligence (FLVS example assumes 2X Learning Speed)
  21. 21. Recruiting Top-NotchSupplemental Instructional Staff Private & Confidential
  22. 22. Use Ivy League Plus Graduates as Supplements* Bonus for Students: College Admissions Counseling & SAT Tutoring Get Current Insights from Ivy League Plus Graduates On How They Successfully Applied to Elite Schools + SAT Tutoring* Subject to (see here for Ivy League SAT Scores) Hiring Availability Private & Confidential
  23. 23. Recruit from Pool of 800+ Ivy League Alum (TFA applicants who were rejected by TFA) 1170 350 Admitted 820 Ivy League Alum Ivy League Applicants Assume 30% Of (TFA applicants) 9% of 13,000 Ivy League Applicants Admitted Recruit Them on 1-Year + Residencies
  24. 24. Recruit Ivy League Alum from All Over the World (the Best from Their Countries) 110 (3% admit rate) 129 185 190+ Member Entering Classes’ Countries Int’l Students
  25. 25. Ivy League Alum (Supplemental Staff) FromAcross the World Share Personal Experiences
  26. 26. Ivy League Alum from All Over the World Design & Accompany Int’l Trips
  27. 27. Aspiring Teachers are More Tech-Savvy! Private & Confidential
  28. 28. Blended Learning Frees Money & TimeTo Be Globally Ready and Creative Private & Confidential
  29. 29. Earn $ Credit for Global & Creative Experiences (share cost savings to benefit students) A Student Who Takes A FLVS Course A Student Who Takes 10 FLVS Courses to Completely Replace Will Have $1,250* Credit (min) a Required Course to be Used Can Earn $125 Credit For Int’l Travel & Creative Projects (min ¼ of Savings) Option Student Can Use Accrued Credit to Own a Google Chrome Book Teacher $/Student/Course Annual Salary (w/benefits) $60,000 Teaching Periods/Day 6 Students/Period 20 Teacher $/Student/Course $500* Not transferable, and limited to school-approved projects
  30. 30. Accelerate Learning to Complete Core Early (frees time for global & creative projects) Blended Learning (assume 2X Learning) can-reduce-learning-time-by-25-to-50/Focused Finish 24 Credit Hours in 2 Years Use Remaining 2 years For Creative Projects or Graduate Early Conventional Pace over 4 Years Spread Out
  31. 31. Frees Time to Take MOOC (EdX) Online CoursesEarn Certificates of Completion from MIT, Harvard, others What is the Minimum Age For Taking a Harvard Law School Online Course? Private & Confidential
  32. 32. Explore and Advance by Ability & Interest, not Age
  33. 33. Pending FL Legislation Will Provide K12 Credit for MOOCA bill filed today in the Florida Legislature aims to givestudents (in both the K-12 and college arenas) the ability topick courses — and needed tests — from a host of providersoutside traditional schools.“I want Florida’s children to have access to the best coursesthe world has to offer, in whatever area they are studying,”said Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, who is sponsoring theSenate version, in a statement. “If MIT is offering a greatphysics course I want our students to be able to take it, ifStanford has a great biology course then we should makesure that it is available in Florida as well.” Private & Confidential
  34. 34. Go Global!Learn Of the World From the World Create For the World Private & Confidential
  35. 35. Learn to Compete & Collaborate Globally Interact Daily Take At Least Collaborate Remotelywith Int’l Students 1 Semester (or longer) W/ Intl’ Students OnEnrolled at School Abroad Global Creative ProjectsUSA Int’l USA Int’l USA Int’l Private & Confidential
  36. 36. Go Create! Private & Confidential
  37. 37. Grow Creative Capacities: Learn by Doing A famous study on identical twins aged between 15 and 22: while 80% of IQ differences were attributable to genetics,only around 30% of the performance on creativity tests could be explained that way. It means that we can work on learning and improve our creativity. Private & Confidential
  38. 38. Imagine, Create, Play, Share, & Reflect Private & Confidential
  39. 39. A Design Studio for Experimentation & PlayAn innovation center for middle and high school students whose pedagogyis based on the studio model and geared around multi-disciplinary,collaborative projects.
  40. 40. NuVu Studio: Experimentation & Play NuVu
  41. 41. Build Mastery in a Self-Chosen AreaEarly depth and mastery in any arena provide important transferable lessons and buildlong-lasting confidence and self-esteem. Leading colleges and universities look for suchkey differentiators in their prospective students. Whether photography or physics, chessor cello, architecture or demography, poetry or playwriting, higher educationalinstitutions are increasingly looking for students who have a demonstrated area ofexcellence and depth.Beginning in ninth grade, the Avenues Mastery Program will expect every student todevelop an area of depth and excellence in a self-chosen field of learning, whether art,music, literature, sports, science or history. Each student will select an area, subject oractivity in which he or she has a passion and would like to develop depth and excellence.Every student will have a teacher-mentor who shares the student’s special interest andwho will help guide him in enhancing his intellectual curiosity and deepening his base ofknowledge.The Mastery Program will culminate with each Avenues student completing a workproduct emblematic of the area that he has chosen. For some students this will be athesis, for some an experiment, for others a publication, portfolio or performance. Private & Confidential
  42. 42. Share Creative Portfolio with the World Each Student will have a Personalized Website • Links to Outputs • Links to LinkedIn, Twitter, FB, Blogs, personal websites • Project Websites • Videos
  43. 43. MIT Media Lab “Learning Creative Learning”
  44. 44. Learn from the 9,000+ Members How to Design A School that Prepares Students for the Future
  45. 45. Closing Thoughts
  46. 46. More a Wow-Maker, Less a Test-TakerMiddle-High College Career School From Consume Consume Value Create Value to Create Value Which Serves You Better Towards Creating Value? A Wow-Maker, or a Test-Taker? Wow! Global & Creative Test: Compliance (while not being constrained)
  47. 47. What’s Next?Development
  48. 48. Cohort Admissions & Progress Fall ‘14 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 120 40 40 40 SAT Prep100% ? State TIP Fall ‘15 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 280 60 60 60 60 40 SAT Prep SAT Prep100% ? State TIP. If demand exceeds supply, lottery will pick successful applicants Fall ‘16 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 420 80 80 80 80 60 40 SAT Prep SAT Prep100% ? State TIP Fall ‘17 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 600 120 100 100 100 80 60 40 SAT Prep SAT Prep
  49. 49. Middle School Years Short Projects College Admin Counseling 8th Start Project-Based Learning Duke Tip 7th Additional Offerings that are not Normally Provided SAT Prep in Public Schools6th Potential for Summer Offerings (e.g. math)
  50. 50. High School Years The Earlier the Student SAT Prep Completes the HS Curriculum, Intl’ Trip the More Time The Student Global Project (part 2) Has to Engage in Projects 12th and the Global Trip(s) PSAT Prep Global Project (part 1) 11th Long-Term Projects Additional Offerings that are 10th not Normally Provided in Public Schools Potential for Medium-Length Projects Summer Offerings9th (e.g. math)
  51. 51. What about Extracurricular Activities? (Athletics, Arts, Others) An individual charter school student pursuant to s. 1002.33 is eligible to participate at the public school to which the student would be assigned according to district school board attendance area policies or which the student could choose to attend, pursuant to district or interdistrict controlled open-enrollment provisions, in any interscholastic extracurricular activity of that school, unless such activity is provided by the student’s charter school, =&URL=1000-1099/1006/Sections/1006.15.html
  52. 52. International Benchmarks
  53. 53. Top Countries Ranked By K-12 Academic Success Finland Singapore
  54. 54. Tutoring Helps to Drive Asian Benchmark ScoresAsian Students Receive Lots of Outside Tutoring• 97 percent of all Singaporean students• 90 percent of South Korean primary students• 85 percent of Hong Kong senior secondary student Many Asian families devote vast sums to supplement government education. “The most dramatic number is Korea,” … “where households are spending the equivalent of 80 percent of what the government is spending.” two South Korean celebrity tutors: Woo Hyeong-cheol, who reportedly earns $3.9 million per year offering Web-based math classes to 50,000 students; and Rose Lee,“the Queen of English,” said to earn $6.8 million per year, also through online classes. educlede06.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&
  55. 55. Tutoring is a Huge Business in China • 2.4 million students this year. • It boasts 17,600 teachers in 49 cities • online network of over 7.8 million users.More than 80% of Shanghais older secondary students attendafter-school tutoring. They may spend another three to fourhours each day on homework under close parental supervision.Hong Kong, like Singapore, now recruits teachers from the top30% of the graduate cohort. By contrast, according to the OECD,the US recruits from the bottom third.
  56. 56. Asia is Catching up in Innovation
  57. 57. Reading Resources
  58. 58. Appendix 1Blended Learning
  59. 59. Personalizing Education Via Technology Q: What do you see as the major problems in the current education system and how will disruptive innovation help correct them? A: The biggest problem in the current education system is that not every student learns in the same, standard way, and yet schools standardize the way they teach and test. Using the computer as the delivery platform for learning has the potential to break the trade-offs between customization and affordability, which could ultimately allow students to learn in their preferred styles and at their preferred pace.’ll learn how• Customized learning will help many more students succeed in school• Student-centric classrooms will increase the demand for new technology• Computers must be disruptively deployed to every student• Disruptive innovation can circumvent roadblocks that have prevented other attempts at school reform• We can compete in the global classroom-and get ahead in the global market
  60. 60. Blended Learning Private & Confidential
  61. 61. Blended Learning Personalizes Learning by Time, Place, Path & Pace Private & Confidential
  62. 62. Blended Learning: Do Better or in Less Time Private & Confidential
  63. 63. 4 Blended Learning Models Private & Confidential
  64. 64. Appendix 2
  65. 65. Use “Avenues: The World School” as a Role Model Private & Confidential
  66. 66. The School Will Continue to Learn & Improve Private & Confidential
  67. 67. Appendix 3 State of Florida ProposedDigital Learning Initiatives
  68. 68. Florida: Innovating via Digital Learning
  69. 69. Florida: Innovating via Digital Learning
  70. 70. Florida: Innovating via Digital Learning
  71. 71. Appendix 4 Silicon Valley Seed Fundingfor Blended Learning Initiatives
  72. 72. SV Seed Funding for Blended Learning Initiatives The Silicon Schools Fund aims to provide grants of approximately $700,000 to the fledgling schools over four years to get them started. But all programs will be designed to survive on the approximate $7,000 per student per year provided by the state of California, Greenberg said. School leaders will decide on their education approach, including how much--or how little--technology their programs need. on-schools-fund-lands-12- million/