The National Dropout Prevention Network and BrightBytes Form Strategic Alliance
Clemson, SC (September 15, 2015) — The National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN) and BrightBytes have formed a strategic alliance as part of the organizations’ shared commitment to help reduce the nation’s dropout rates, and to enable students to graduate from high school ready for college and career.
Through the NDPN and BrightBytes partnership, the two will inform stakeholders on the application of analytics to student data, collaborate on regional and national forums and conferences dedicated to sharing effective dropout reduction strategies, and work to improve student outcomes toward graduation and beyond.
“Our collaboration with BrightBytes enhances what our Network is dedicated to every day, and that is providing teachers, counselors, administrators, and school districts with effective, research-based solutions to help eliminate dropout, including identification and support of at-risk students,” said Dr. Sandy Addis, Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N). “The tools BrightBytes has developed to identify risk factors and intervene with appropriate support and resources at an early stage are of critical importance to reducing dropout.”
BrightBytes is a learning analytics organization focused on providing data solutions that improve learning outcomes for students in schools worldwide. Their Clarity platform—used by 1 in 5 schools, and in 40 states across the U.S.—translates complex analysis and cutting-edge research into fast actions that drive outcomes. The tech company’s awards include Most Promising EdTech Startup in 2014 by the Global EdTech Startup Competition, and the 2015 EdTech Trendsetter Award for Clarity.
“I have long admired the work and mission of the NDPC/N,” said Rob Mancabelli, BrightBytes’ CEO, and a long-time educator. “BrightBytes shares the Network’s commitment to increasing high school graduation rates through research and evidence-based solutions, and I look forward to working together to ensure that every student graduates high school ready for college and career.”
According to research by NDPC/N, dropping out of school is usually the result of a long process of disengagement that can begin even before a child enters school. BrightBytes’ Early Warning module, informed through a partnership with Mazin Education, can accurately identify at-risk students as early as kindergarten so that there is sufficient time to implement interventions and avert a potential dropout outcome.
About the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N)
Established in 1986 with a mission to reduce dropout rates, the NDPC/N shares solutions for student success and dropout prevention through its clearinghouse function, active research and evaluation projects, publications, and a variety of professional development activities and conferences. The organization’s Web site—www.dropoutprevention.org—is the nation’s leading resource in providing effective, research-based solutions to engaging students and reducing dropout. The NDPC/N is housed in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University in Clemson, SC.
BrightBytes’ cutting-edge analytics platform gathers research from the best experts in the world, and creates evidence-based frameworks that help educational leaders make better decisions for students. The company’s flagship platform, Clarity, makes research and analysis simple, fun, and actionable. More information about BrightBytes can be found at www.BrightBytes.net.
Colorado Hybrid School Takes Students to New Heights with
FuelEd Curriculum, Combining In-Class and At-Home, Online Instruction
Achievement Soaring by Up to 240 Percent in Math and Reading
HERNDON, Va., September 15, 2015 – At Poudre School District Global Academy (PGA), an innovative hybrid school in Fort Collins, Colorado, students attend blended classes on campus and take online courses from home, and what they are achieving is extraordinary. Scores for grades 2-8 in math and reading on year-to-year Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) assessments show 140 to 240 percent growth, with the highest scores in grades 6-8—when students typically see a slight decline.
In this K-12 school serving almost 200 students, the successes don’t end there. The number of high school students being held back a grade dropped in the 2014-15 school year by nearly two-thirds—from 19 down to 7. And, the high school completion rate for secondary classes as well as college-credit bearing courses soared through PGA’s concurrent enrollment program with local colleges.
PGA partners with Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™), which provides personalized learning solutions designed to enable schools and districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Using FuelEd online curriculum and content, PGA students work at their own pace at home three days per week, and attend teacher-led classes on campus the other two days each week.
The FuelEd curriculum is tailored to each student’s unique needs, and allows for integration of teacher-created content. “Our teachers are rock stars,” said Heather Hiebsch, PGA principal. “They look at the data to see what the students are mastering and where they have gaps. It’s not ‘What do I plan to teach today?’ but rather ‘What do these individual students need to learn today?’”
For its core courses, PGA employs its own local teachers who oversee instruction for students whether learning at home or at school. For the elective courses offered through FuelEd, PGA uses FuelEd’s certified instructors.
“FuelEd really listens to us,” said Hiebsch. “I can tell them that I want to try something or that I think something is coming next, and I have their ear. They are flexible and responsive to what we want and need.”
In addition to the high quality online curriculum and dedicated educators, Hiebsch attributes PGA’s success to the hybrid learning model, parental involvement, and “the community we’ve built,” she said.
Since opening in 2009 as a credit recovery and dropout prevention school, PGA has transformed into a small, personalized school serving a mix of former homeschoolers and students coming from traditional schools. Their learning needs are as diverse as in any traditional school—from those with learning disabilities to those seeking Advanced Placement (AP®) courses.
PGA students consider the hybrid model “the best of both worlds,” said Hiebsch. “They’re in charge, going it on their own, but they also have social connection and one-on-one help from teachers.” In the past, students would attend PGA for a year while working on something else that was happening in their lives, she said. “Now we are attracting a broad range of students and have more kids returning every year. We even have a wait list at all grade levels, which says it all.”
Gregg Levin, FuelEd general manager, said, “It is an honor to partner with the outstanding educators at Poudre School District Global Academy in delivering content and instruction for its winning hybrid learning model. PGA’s success truly demonstrates how dedication and innovation can change student outcomes.”
Since the school opened, more than 500 PGA students have used FuelEd curriculum. In addition, each school year about 500 students at other Poudre School District schools take supplemental online courses, such as AP courses, world languages and electives, provided by FuelEd.
About Fuel Education
Fuel EducationTM partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for preK-12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAKTM, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education offers the industry’s largest catalog of digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. FuelEd has helped 2,000 school districts to improve student outcomes and better serve diverse student populations. To learn more, visit getfueled.com and Twitter.
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Finally! A Solution that Matches Students to Careers First
Myverse launches free tool that matches students to career paths first, then relevant colleges effectively reducing teen stress about life after graduation
SAN JOSE, CALIF. Sept 15, 2015– An astonishing 92% of High School graduates have no idea what they want to be, or what career path would best suit them. In turn, they have no idea what they should study while in college. So why do we wait until students start college to guide them towards a fulfilling career? Myverse asks, what if we matched students to careers first, provide information, and then point them to relevant majors and higher education institutions?
In under a minute and with 90% accuracy, Myverse psychometrically matches individual students to various career paths to explore. It’s free for all users, effectively eliminating student stress and anxiety around the age-old question, “what do I want to be when I grow up?” Currently a high school student drops out every 26 seconds and staggering college drop out rates in the first two years of higher education indicate more needs to be done to provide students with a sense of direction and purpose regarding their education earlier in life.
“Education shouldn’t be about getting through the next lesson or the next test, it’s bigger than that. We as adults need to contextualize education in a way students can make real world connections with what they’re learning, especially when considering what they will do after graduation. Myverse provides the starting point in this quest for students and teachers alike,” said Wayne Sharp, Myverse president and founder.
Myverse is a perfect introduction to and guiding light for any student taking Career and Technical Education Courses in middle and high school. It also serves as an integral tool for teachers and counselors providing guidance to their students. The web-based platform provides students with videos highlighting each career path, and allowing the student to learn more about their individual results.
It is more important than ever that our students are exposed to resources during their teen years preparing them for life after graduation, whether that be a University, trade school or going directly into the workforce. Myverse is designed to not only reduce the stress and anxiety around the important and difficult decisions teens face, but to provide them with tools to explore career paths, before investing vast amounts of time and money in furthering their education in a specific field.
“Myverse provides a fun, yet reliable color quiz that speaks the language of today’s 21st Century, tech savvy students. Free for students of any age to use, we have set out to revolutionize the way students, and educators, look at education,” said Sharp.
While Myverse is not a blueprint for students’ lives, it is an effective tool that captures their attention and it sets them on an appropriate course to prepare for college so they can focus on their personal career readiness.
To learn more about Myverse and get started for free, visit them online at www.myverse.com
MyVerse is an online and mobile resource for middle school and high school students, focused on psychometrically matching teens, in less than one minute, to 1-5 careers. The site provides matched career videos, relevant majors and courses, and finally, matching to colleges.