The biggest obstacle in implementing the blended-learning program is the limitations of the educational software. All the current products on the market are limited in a variety of ways and there is not one product that works for all students. We ended up selecting the product/platforms for the ease of management and access for both teachers and parents vs. the quality of the product. The second obstacle is that the selection of different platforms prevents an automatic data analysis of students competencies/gaps. Instead the teacher/parent have to enter into each platform and put together a comprehensive assessment on student progress. When working with technology companies to create an automatic interface between the different platforms, they all failed to deliver and it ended with teachers time being consumed with system integration and then ultimately doing the work themselves.
Education Plus Academy Cyber Charter School is an independent, public K–12 school with 12 regional Learning Centers and Partnering Tutoring locations designed to provide extraordinary educational opportunities for students with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and dyscalculia, and/or who are struggling academically in a traditional school setting. Education Plus Academy uses a blended-learning model in order to allow students to work at their respective academic levels and to provide individualized educational pathways. Each Education Plus Academy student has an individualized education plan and one-to-one specialized coaching plans that are developed by teachers based on the student’s needs and performance. Education Plus Academy has 12 Learning Centers where students may participate in specialized reading and math tutoring, social emotional growth, special education related services, and group projects. The school currently serves students in grades K–10, but it will grow to serve students in grades K–12 by SY2017–18.
Contact: Nick Torres
Education Plus Academy Cyber Charter School
487 Devon Park Dr, Suite 206
Telephone: (215) 600-2709