Fusion Academy Community Meeting 10 26 09 D 1


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Fusion Academy Community Meeting 10 26 09 D 1

  1. 1. Welcome!<br />December 7, 2009<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />Introductions<br />History<br />10 Essential Elements<br />The Anti-Cookie Cutter School<br />Hope – Engagement – Well Being<br />Why One-to-One Works<br />Test Scores<br />Why West Los Angeles<br />Next Steps<br />Feedback<br />
  3. 3. Introductions<br />Michelle Rose Gilman<br />President and Founder of Fusion Academy<br />Grace Colman Losada<br /> Director of Fusion Academy Los Angeles<br />American Education Group <br />Peter Ruppert - CEO<br />Jeff Poole – Senior Vice President<br />Mike VanDinther – Director of New Business <br />
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  5. 5. Why Is Fusion Here?<br />9-12% of students in West LA have an IEP – often inadequate <br />Dropout rates in West LA are as high as 7.9% annually. 30% over 4 years.<br />School-wide average class size is at least 25.6+<br />Pupil to teacher ratio grows as students get older<br />Elementary = 18.9+<br />Middle School = 22+<br />High School = 22.8+<br />Alternative = 21.4+ (Capistrano = 37!)<br />Lack of appropriate education alternatives in the Los Angeles area<br />
  6. 6. Why Is Fusion Here?<br /><ul><li>Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (2008)
  7. 7. 59% of students in the 10th and 11th grades were considered proficient in English
  8. 8. 20% of students in the 10th and 11th grades were considered proficient in Algebra
  9. 9. 91% of students passed the CAHSEE
  10. 10. LA Unified School District (2008)
  11. 11. 28% of students in the 10th and 11th grades were considered proficient in English
  12. 12. 11% of students in the 10th and 11th grades were considered proficient in Algebra
  13. 13. 69% of students passed the CAHSEE</li></li></ul><li>Critical Need Requires Action<br />Professionals and Parents Speak Up in LA<br />We have researched and spoken to hundreds of parents and professionals in the LA area<br />What they say:<br />No school remotely like Fusion is all of Los Angeles<br />Students who fall through the cracks have no where to go<br />Students needing flexible scheduling due to sports and acting cannot go to traditional school<br />Students who require more support, individualization and guidance suffer in traditional schools<br />Students transitioning from boarding schools need a “bridge” school<br />Families and professionals want “outside the box” options<br />
  14. 14. Every Student is Different. <br />So is Our School.<br />Anti-Cookie Cutter<br />
  15. 15. Anti-Cookie Cutter<br />Ideal Students for One-to-One Model:<br />Learning Differences<br />Emotional or Social Difficulties<br />Flexible Schedule Requirements<br />Accelerated Learning<br />Credit Deficient<br />Transitioning<br />Chronic Illness or Long-term Illness<br />
  16. 16. Fusion Through The YearsA History In Pictures<br />Since 1989…<br />
  17. 17. The Early Years<br />
  18. 18. Through the Years<br />
  19. 19. Formal office space!<br />
  20. 20. Growth Means Transitions<br />
  21. 21. Hello, Fusion!!!!<br />
  22. 22. Hello, Fusion!!!!<br />
  23. 23. Hello, Fusion!!!!<br />
  24. 24. Music Studio Expansion<br />
  25. 25. Affecting Lives<br />“It is the most important thing that our children are cared for and are given the help and love they need to succeed in life… thank you for that.”<br />“Thank you so much for all you have done…”<br />“Today was my first day in your center – I am very moved – I actually got emotional.”<br />“You expanded my mind to many things.”<br />“Thank you for making me feel special.”<br />
  26. 26. Affecting Lives<br />
  27. 27. Graduations<br />
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  29. 29. 10 Essential ElementsOf Successful One-to-One Learning<br />
  30. 30. 10 Essential Elements<br />Understand Each Child’s Unique Needs and Learning Styles<br />Create an Individualized Plan<br />Adaptability<br />Mastery Learning<br />Encourage Creative Expression Through Arts and Music<br />
  31. 31. Take the “Home” Out of Homework and Put the Work Back in School Where it Belongs<br />Continually Evaluate Student Goals<br />Engage Parents in Student’s Learning Process <br />Employ the Most Passionate, Dedicated, and Qualified Teachers, Specialists, and Staff Members<br />Foster a Culture of Compassion<br />10 Essential Elements<br />
  32. 32. Essential Element #1<br />Understand Each Child’s Unique Needs and Learning Styles<br />Admissions Process<br />Interview with Family<br />Student tour and interview<br />Communication with professionals<br />
  33. 33. Essential Element #2<br />Create an Individualized Plan<br />Flexible to the needs of the student<br />Formal education plan<br />Three tracks<br />Basic<br />Standard<br />Honors<br />
  34. 34. Essential Element #3<br />Adaptability<br />Flexible school day<br />Flexible school year<br />No missed content when absent<br />Flexible, Nimble & Responsive<br />Constant program development to meet the needs of our students<br />Partner with professionals to provide the best possible service<br />
  35. 35. Essential Element #4<br />Mastery Learning<br />(NCLB? The Fusion Solution)<br />Minimum of 70% mastery of content<br />Building strong foundations<br />Filling in the holes of “swiss cheese learning”<br />
  36. 36. Essential Element #5<br />Encourage Creative Expression Through Arts and Music<br />Studio arts program<br />Music<br />Recording studio<br />Fusion band<br />Film<br />Photography<br />
  37. 37. Essential Element #6<br />Take the “Home” Out of Homework and Put the Work Back in School Where it Belongs<br />Homework = stress for family<br />Homework Café®<br />Benefits = mastery and teacher review<br />
  38. 38. Essential Element #7<br />Continually Evaluate Student Goals<br />Written progress reports every three weeks<br />Individual reassessment of commitment (IROC)<br />Daily goal charting<br />
  39. 39. Essential Element #8<br />Engage Parents in Student’s <br />Learning Process<br />Lead teacher relationship<br />Daily written communication<br />Open door policy<br />
  40. 40. Essential Element #9<br />Employ the Most Passionate, Dedicated, and Qualified Teachers, Specialists, and Staff Members<br />Mentoring approach<br />Specialists on staff<br />Fusion Specific Training<br />
  41. 41. Essential Element #10<br />Foster a Culture of Compassion<br />Lead by example<br />Social acceptance<br />School-wide gatherings<br />Welcoming environment<br />Learning happens when the student feels safe<br />
  42. 42. Our Results Are Different Too<br />HopeEngagementWell-Being<br />Gallop Student Poll findings supported by a nationally representative sample of students, collected in April 2009<br />
  43. 43. Hope – Engagement – Well-Being<br />Hope<br />The ideas and energy we have for the future.<br />Drives attendance, credits earned, and GPA of high school students<br />Predicts GPA and retention in college<br />Scores are more robust predictors of college success than high school GPA or SAT and ACT scores<br />Gallop Poll’s Hope Index:<br /> 50% of students are not hopeful about their future<br />17% feel discouraged about their future<br />33% are stuck or struggling<br />
  44. 44. Hope – Engagement – Well-Being<br />Engagement<br />The involvement in and enthusiasm for school<br />Distinguishes between high-performing and low-performing schools<br />Gallop Poll’s Engagement Index:<br /> 50% are not engaged in school<br />
  45. 45. Hope – Engagement – Well-Being<br />Well-Being<br />How we think about and experience our lives<br />Tells us how our students are doing today<br />Predicts their success in the future<br />High school freshman with a high well-being score earn more credits with a higher GPA<br />Gallop Poll’s Well-Being Index:<br /> Thriving = 63%<br />Suffering = 1%<br /> Struggling = 36%<br />
  46. 46. Personalized Learning: Education That Fits You<br />
  47. 47. One-to-One Works!<br />Student Survey<br />
  48. 48. One-to-One Works<br />Hope<br />100% of students report that Fusion helped them be more successful academically.<br />96% of students report that they plan on going to college.<br />
  49. 49. One-to-One Works<br />Engagement<br />100% of students report that they feel the education they get at Fusion is appropriate to their needs.<br />82% of students report that they feel engaged in a variety of ways to show knowledge.<br />
  50. 50. One-to-One Works<br />Well-Being<br />100% of students report that Fusion teachers listen to them and treat them with respect.<br />96% of students report that they feel more successful overall since coming to Fusion.<br />
  51. 51. Real school.Real standards.Unreal Results.<br />
  52. 52. CAT6 Test Scores<br />
  53. 53. CAT6 Test Scores<br />* All students scored above average on CAT6.<br />
  54. 54. Colleges Recently Accepting Our Grads<br />Arizona State University<br />Art Institute of California<br />Brown University<br />California Polytechnic - Pomona<br />California Polytechnic - San Luis Obispo<br />College Excel<br />CSU Channel Islands<br />CSU Chico<br />CSU Monterey Bay<br />CSU Northridge<br />CSU Sacramento<br />CSU San Marcos<br />Embry-Riddle Aeronautic University<br />Emerson College<br />Fashion Business Institute<br />Humboldt State<br />Marist College<br />Marymount College<br />Mesa College<br />Mira Costa College<br />Naropa University<br />Northern Texas University<br />Prescott College<br />Rider University<br />Saddleback College<br />San Diego State University<br />San Francisco State University<br />Seton Hall<br />St. Peter&apos;s College<br />Syracuse<br />Temple University<br />Towson<br />University of Arizona<br />University of California - Santa Barbara<br />University of Liverpool (United Kingdom)<br />University of Oregon<br />University of Southern California<br />Whittier College<br />
  55. 55. ExpectedSchool-wideLearning Results<br />
  56. 56. ESLRs<br />Resourceful Individuals Who<br />Know how to seek out information<br />Are able to advocate on their own behalf<br />Participate in their own education and their lives<br />Are able to manage their time and prioritize their responsibilities<br />Are productive and creative problem solvers<br />
  57. 57. ESLRs<br />Compassionate and Tolerant Individuals Who<br />Show respect for the thoughts and beliefs of others<br />Are aware of their and others’ unique strengths and weaknesses<br />Create work that has personal meaning<br />
  58. 58. ESLRs<br />Emotionally Secure Individuals Who<br />Exhibit empathy toward others<br />Understand the balance between systems and relationships<br />Have high self-worth<br />Communicate effectively<br />
  59. 59. ESLRs<br />Academic Achievers Who<br />Strive to meet or exceed California state standards<br />Demonstrate academic growth toward California state standards<br />Will be exposed to California state standards through a variety of experience<br />
  60. 60. Ann Aarons<br />Fusion Parent and Educational Consultant<br />Please Welcome Ann! <br />
  61. 61. In Summary<br />10 Essential Elements<br />The Anti-Cookie Cutter School<br />Why One-to-One Works<br />Test Scores<br />Community and Parent Ambassadors<br />
  62. 62. Experience the One-to-One Difference.<br />Why West Los Angeles?<br />Critical need; Lack of Programs with Our Model<br />Educational Therapist and Consultants Guidance<br />Most Accessible Area in LA for the Largest Number of Families<br />Proximity to Original Fusion<br />
  63. 63. Thank You!<br />Questions and Feedback?<br />www.FusionLosAngeles.com<br />