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Model Overview

Program Overview

2009
Year Launched
1 - 5
Blended Grades
40
Enrolled

Implementation Q & A

What's the one piece of advice you'd give to emerging blended-learning programs?


We’ve seen two significant benefits to blended learning in the classroom, both facilitating ownership by the young people of their learning and their long-term path. The first is that blended learning as we use it emphasizes learning instead of teaching. Young people aren’t relying on an authority figure to teach them the material, but rather they learn the material with peers and on their own, just as they will learn for the rest of their lives. It is up to the young learners to set goals for how much they want to learn, master the learning tools, and progress quickly enough to accomplish studio standards and their own aspirations. We believe this is a skill more suited to the always-changing 21st century. The second benefit of blended learning is its efficiency in facilitating mastery-based core skills learning. We’ve observed our young learners progressing as rapidly and with fewer holes in half a day of individual-driven blended learning as they would in a full day of teacher-driven content delivery. In the other half of the day, they are applying their core skills learning in critical-thinking projects, apprenticeships outside the classroom (starting in MS), and Socratic discussions. The second benefit of blended learning is its efficiency in facilitating mastery-based core skills learning. We’ve observed our young learners progressing as rapidly and with fewer holes in half a day of individual-driven blended learning as they would in a full day of teacher-driven content delivery. In the other half of the day, they are applying their core skills learning in critical-thinking projects, apprenticeships outside the classroom (starting in MS), and Socratic discussions.

Program Focus

General

School Overview

Acton Academy Elementary School is a community of students in grades 1–5 that learn through deliberate use of interactive technology, hands-on projects, and daily Socratic discussions. All 40 students in the elementary studio work independently or together to master skills and concepts in a multiage and interdisciplinary environment. Laura and Jeff Sandefer founded Acton Academy upon a number of core beliefs that still guide the school today, including that every child is a unique genius and has a distinct calling and that children learn best as they practice governance of themselves and of their community. Learning to learn, learning to do, and learning to be are the priorities, with learning to know following naturally. Blended learning is the resource engine that makes this learner-driven approach possible. The success of this original Acton Academy has led to the rapid expansion of Acton Academies across the United States and beyond, with 15 locations from Wisconsin to Guatemala serving students in the 2015–16 and a partner school program available for individuals interested in opening an Acton Academy in their communities.

School Contact

Address:
Acton Academy
2201 Alexander Ave
Austin, Texas
78722
United States

Acton Academy's Website

Demographics

40
Total Students
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FRL
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ELL

Student Ethnicity

2015

Blended Program Launched 2009