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Model Overview

Program Overview

2014
Year Launched
K - 8
Blended Grades
813
Enrolled

Implementation Q & A

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


When it first implemented a blended-learning program, Washington-Parks Academy used a Lab Rotation model. The school's Learning Lab was used for a math elective in which students used online math programs under the supervision of a blended-learning instructor. A lab-centered model was ideal when there were few portable devices or adults with blended-learning experience at the school. But after purchasing Chromebooks and familiarizing teachers with blended-learning practices, the school transitioned to a Station Rotation model that is centered in individual classrooms. This model enables a greater degree of personalization for more grade levels at the school. The Learning Lab is now used for intervention and extension work, facilitated by the blended-learning instructor.

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


The biggest challenge for Washington-Parks Academy has been training and supporting teachers in the new blended-learning environment. 'Teachers need sustained support' someone who is there to observe and coach them,' said Nichole Husa, a Personalized Learning Officer at Cornerstone. 'If blended-learning programs aren't being monitored and consistently supported, much of the technology just won't get used.' To address this problem, Madison-Carver and the other Cornerstone Schools offer professional development for teachers which, like its academic program for students, is differentiated to meet each teacher's needs.

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


Husa shared a two-fold rule for success with blended learning: "Provide ongoing, personalized support for each teacher, and focus on planning for the blended classroom."

Blended Subjects

Math
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Science

Program Focus

General

School Overview

Washington-Parks Academy sees its students as customers who are entitled to the best in education. The school facilitates student success through a standards-based curriculum, rigorous academics, and diverse after-school activities that are designed around students in a safe and nurturing environment. The school's blended learning program allows students advance at their own speed and own their learning process through self-directed lessons in core subjects.

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating

2

out of 10

School Contact

Contact: Nichole Husa

Contact Title: Personalized Learning Officer, Cornerstone Charter Schools

Address:
Washington-Parks Academy
11685 Appleton
Redford, Michigan
48239
United States

Telephone: (313)-592-6061

Washington-Parks Academy's Website

Demographics

813
Total Students
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FRL
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ELL

Student Ethnicity

State Test Scores Source: GreatSchools

2016

Blended Program Launched 2014