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Model Overview

Program Overview

2010
Year Launched
4 - 5
Blended Grades
30
Enrolled

Implementation Q & A

When you first implemented blended learning, why did you choose that particular model? (has your model changed? why?)


When the student:device ratio at Korematsu Discovery Academy became 1:1, it was possible to implement new blended-learning models besides the original Station Rotation.The Flex model in 4th and 5th grade at Korematsu lets the school's older students have more varied and interesting school days by allowing them some freedom to create their own learning schedules.

What was one of your biggest challenges when going blended, and how did you overcome it?


Developing strong teacher buy-in was one of the biggest challenges that the leaders of Korematsu Discovery Academy faced. Administrators arranged personalized professional development programs and met one-on-one with teachers to help them transition to the new blended-learning model.

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


Tommy Gonzalez, a teacher leader at Korematsu Discovery Academy, said that school leaders must understand that, although technology should support teachers, it is not a crutch that allows them to devote less effort to teaching. Through a collaborative and transparent planning process, the school has helped teachers find ways to use technology in ways that helps both teachers and students.

Program Focus

General

Blended Subjects

Math
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Science

Model Overview

Program Overview

2010
Year Launched
1 - 3
Blended Grades
370
Enrolled

Implementation Q & A

When you first implemented blended learning, why did you choose that particular model? (has your model changed? why?)


Station Rotation was the easiest model for Korematsu Discovery Academy to start out with when it did not have a device for every student. Typically, only about one-third of the class needed a device at a given time with a Station Rotation model.

What was one of your biggest challenges when going blended, and how did you overcome it?


Developing strong teacher buy-in was one of the biggest challenges that the leaders of Korematsu Discovery Academy faced. Administrators arranged personalized professional development programs and met one-on-one with teachers to help them transition to the new blended-learning model.

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


Tommy Gonzalez, a teacher leader at Korematsu Discovery Academy, said that school leaders must understand that, although technology should support teachers, it is not a crutch that allows them to devote less effort to teaching. Through a collaborative and transparent planning process, the school has helped teachers find ways to use technology in ways that helps both teachers and students.

Program Focus

General

Blended Subjects

Math
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Science

School Overview

Korematsu Discovery Academy serves a large number of Hispanic English Language Learners, and nearly all of its students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Several years after the school opened in 2006, the administration and faculty resolved to create a learning model that would offer a more personalized education to each of its students and allow for more flexibility in teaching methods. With support from the Rogers Family Foundation, Korematsu debuted a Station Rotation model in 4th grade during the 2012–13 school year. The Korematsu Blended Learning Model has since expanded to include grades 1–5. Students in grades 1–3 use a Station Rotation model, whereas students in grades 4–5 now use a Flex model. Many grades at Korematsu saw one-and-a-half to two years of growth in reading during the 2014–15 school year, as well as significant growth in math.

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating

2

out of 10

School Contact

Contact: Tommy Gonzalez

Contact Title: Teacher Leader

Address:
Korematsu Discovery Academy
10315 E St
Oakland, California
94603
United States

Telephone: (510)-639-3377

Korematsu Discovery Academy's Website

Demographics

406
Total Students
78%
FRL
--
ELL

Student Ethnicity

State Test Scores Source: GreatSchools

2015

Blended Program Launched 2010