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Model Overview

Program Overview

Year Launched
K - 2
Blended Grades

Implementation Q & A

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

We spent years studying the most successful and innovative schools in the country and decided to radically change the core structures of school so teachers can deliver the right content to the right kids at the right time. We also wanted a new approach to school that put equal emphasis on non-academic skills as on core academics.

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

A new model is very challenging for teachers to implement off the bat. We work to layer in complexity gradually for our teachers - starting the year with more familiar structures and quickly kicking out the scaffolds to the full model.

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

Pick one or two things to invent yourself and then beg, borrow and steal everything else.

Select up to two focus areas you feel that you demonstrate leadership in, and tell us why here:

What is most innovative about our program is the way we've approach the use of time and talent to personalize learning.

School Overview

Roots Elementary is a non-selective public charter school in Denver, CO whose mission is to inspire all students to set audacious goals and deliver the individual coaching, academic preparation and character education needed to reach them. The school was opened in 2015, initially serving approximately 100 students in grades K and 1. At scale, the school will serve students in grades K-5.

At Roots, the typical walls that divide students, teachers, and different learning resources have literally been knocked down-- children and adults work flexibly together across subjects, spaces, and learning modalities. Every student has a personalized learning plan, which they design with direction from and support of teachers. They progress at their own pace through learning standards in core academics, and also experience enrichment through social and emotional instruction, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) projects, and projects in a "Maker Space". Teachers have specialized roles and collaborate continuously with support from a central administrative team.

School Contact

Contact: Jonathan Hanover

Contact Title: Founder & Executive Director

Roots Elementary
3350 Hudson Street
Denver, Colorado
United States

Telephone: (720) 593 - 1338

Roots Elementary's Website


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Blended Program Launched 2015