CVES administration began with the Station Rotation model because it fit easily into their pre-existing school structure. From there, the school moved toward Individual Rotation, giving students flexibility and freedom in their class structure and in the way they demonstrate their learning. Soon thereafter, the school conducted a survey, asking students about their access to technology at home, and was pleasantly surprised to find that the vast majority of students had access to technology. The school then decided to implement Flipped Classroom as one of their go-to models.
One of the biggest challenges for CVES was helping teachers transition from the known to unknown. In the beginning, it was difficult for teachers to see what their role was in the classroom if they were not in the front of the room, teaching lessons.
It was also a challenge to explain to teachers that students had a voice. The school was already a successful, recognized school, and the administration needed to convince teachers that they still needed to change in order to keep improving themselves. However, the administration truly believed that implementing blended learning was the best way to advocate for students and to do what was best for them.
Start small. Have a very clear plan of what you envision from beginning to end. Know each model, know what you’re taking on, and think through the logistics of your model. You also want to spend some time setting up expectations for students and establish how you will document students' learning when they are working independently.
CVES demonstrates leadership in finding and trying resources in a thoughtful way as well as developing paths to show mastery of content,
Welcome to Concourse Village Elementary School the 2018 Blue Ribbon school for Exemplary Performance! At CVES we provide a safe and nurturing environment where all students are encouraged, stimulated and motivated by a rigorous curriculum. With a daily emphasis on our core values INTEGRITY, PERSEVERANCE, OPTIMISM, WILLINGNESS, EMPATHY, and RESPECT, we believe that each of us has the i-POWER to make the difference in the lives of our students and families. Through our core values, we will help develop well rounded leaders who will become responsible adults who positively impact the world around them!
Contact: Alexa Sorden
Contact Title: Instructional Leader
Concourse Village Elementary School
750 Concourse Village West
Bronx, New York
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