The founders of Future chose station rotation because of its proven track record as a successful model. It is also relatively easy to implement, and it provides structure, both to students and adults. The founders also appreciated the way station rotation maximizes student learning in small groups. The school has a high population of English Language Learners and students with special needs, and station rotation allows flexibility in personalizing learning for the students who need it.
Future Public School is working on creating uniformity across the school in its blended model. Being a fledgling school, it has been a challenge to have time to observe and coach every teacher on their instructional practices.
Furthermore, getting off the ground financially has been a challenge. The school continues to seek funding in order to be able to afford the tools they need to implement known best practices.
On a technical level, getting an Apple School Manager set up took much longer than previously thought, and the school was stymied for the first few months, without the use of iPads.
Get teacher buy-in, and build a teacher vision of success. Early adopters of the model can be extremely effective evangelists for program, and this is a much more powerful instigator of change than a top-down approach could ever be.
Future has an excellent approach to leading for equity. They also have amazing community partnerships. They are located next door to a Boys and Girls Club, who they share space with. Lastly, the school's computer science program for its youngest learners is unique--students as young as kindergarten have in-depth knowledge of pattern recognition and algorithmic thinking in ways that are rare in other schools.
Future Public School prepares students for the future by embracing the STEM fields and a future-focused pedagogy. 100% of students are prepared for college and life beyond.
We embrace a modern view of student-centered learning. Students learn with authentic, engaging projects in comfortable, personalized learning environments. Time and space are flexible.
All students are welcomed, affirmed, and cared for, receiving the individual services and help they need. Zip code does not determine destiny. Strength through diversity.
Contact: Brad Petersen
Contact Title: Co-Founder
Future Public School
511 E 43rd St.
Telephone: (208) 854-3923
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