AltSchool’s Personalized Learning Platform to Support Thousands of Students in 2018-19 Via Partnerships with 20+ Districts and Schools Nationwide
Company celebrates 100% retention in inaugural year with partners, welcomes more education industry leaders to team to support new schools joining network
SAN FRANCISCO - June 6, 2018 - AltSchool today announced the addition of 12 more districts and schools to its partner network, as the company celebrates 100 percent retention of its year-one partners, and its first district partners significantly expanding their rollouts. AltSchool’s partner network connects hundreds of teachers representing every type of K-12 institution -- from large urban districts to small private schools. AltSchool’s personalized learning platform helps teachers provide each child with a rigorous, student-centered education using any curriculum. More education industry leaders have recently joined the company to support the coalition of partners, such as Dr. Katie Martin, formerly Buck Institute’s Director of District Leadership. New partners for the 2018-19 school-year include:
- Paramount Unified School District’s Odyssey STEM Academy (Paramount, CA)
- Palm Springs Unified School District (Palm Springs, CA)
- Phase3 Lab School (Redlands, CA)
- Revo Academy (Thousand Oaks, CA)
- Sisu Academy (San Diego, CA)
- The CUBE School (Denver, CO)
- The W.I.D.E. School (Missouri City, TX)
- Christina Seix Academy (Trenton, NJ)
- Lamplighters Yeshivah (Brooklyn, NY)
- Luria Academy (Brooklyn, NY)
- The Mead School (Stamford, CT)
- The Discovery School (Jacksonville Beach, FL)
“We serve a wonderfully diverse community and want to instill in each and every child the belief that they deserve a high-quality education and the opportunity to succeed in their own life,” said Ruth Perez, Superintendent of the Paramount Unified School District. “Our partnership with AltSchool is part of our commitment towards making student-centered learning possible for all of our students. We’re excited to see our new Odyssey STEM Academy be that first spark for broader change, and to empower students to become changemakers for their future.”
As a public benefit corporation and a Certified B Corporation, AltSchool is one of a new class of for-profit companies that provide a positive impact on society and must meet high standards of social and environmental good. Its team of educators and engineers are working together to design an operating system for education. The platform runs behind the scenes to empower real-world learning between teachers and students -- helping teachers key-in on individual student needs, letting students manage day-to-day activities and long-term goals, and providing parents visibility into their children’s progress.
AltSchool began developing the platform in its own school network in 2014, which are lab environments where pedagogy experts, classroom teachers, engineers, and designers co-create the tools. On average, AltSchool students outperform their peers on growth targets on standardized tests, with students who enter AltSchool at the lowest achievement levels nearly doubling their projected gains. To date, 100 percent of AltSchool graduates have been admitted to a top-choice high school.
Today, the four San Francisco and New York-based lab schools are key members of AltSchool’s growing partner network, a national movement of schools using the platform and working together to make personalized, student-centered learning possible for all children. Among those first partners are Menlo Park City School District and Arcadia Unified School District—which are both expanding usage of the platform by 10X in the upcoming school-year due to high teacher satisfaction rates.
“Like many districts, we face the challenge of how to balance the demands of college-readiness while still keeping students engaged in their own learning journey,” said David Vannasdall, superintendent for Arcadia Unified. “We want to ensure our students know themselves, so they can successfully navigate the world after graduation. Already in this first year on the AltSchool platform our students are finding their voices, and starting to take ownership of their own education. It's been so productive for us that we've increased the number of teachers who will be using the tools next year from 12 to 120.”
Partner schools are inspired by the deep collaboration offered by joining the network, which includes access to both state-of-the-art software and robust services. Partners get the chance to actively shape the tools and features they’ll be using, providing real-world expertise and real-time feedback, which is then cycled into ongoing product development. From fellow educators to engineers, the AltSchool team is “on call” and is frequently onsite to provide training and integration assistance.
By building a team with deep education and technology experience, AltSchool’s partners are supported by leaders who understand the day-to-day challenges of managing a classroom. Joining AltSchool’s team are:
- Dr. Katie Martin, Ph.D - Head of Partnerships, West. Martin was formerly the Director of District Leadership for Buck Institute of Education. Having earned a Ph.D. specialized in new teacher induction and support, Martin leverages her experience as a teacher, coach and district leader to help school systems create conditions that support deeper learning. Based in San Diego, Martin supports west-coast partners.
- Kate Jarka, M.Ed - Head of Partnerships, South. Jarka was formerly Director of Sales and Service for Apex Learning in Texas. As a founding principal and former middle school teacher, Jarka brings a wealth of real world implementation experience to bear on technology as a change agent in K-12. Based in Dallas, Texas, Jarka supports partners in the south and lower midwest.
- Nick Lewis, MBA - Head of Partnerships, East. A former elementary teacher and Google strategist, Lewis works to support teachers at the intersection of curricular resources and technology. He has led state and district professional development implementations nationwide, and previously helped to develop Louisiana DOE curriculum now used by 80% of state educators. Lewis is based in Washington, D.C. and supports east-coast partners.
- Bryna Leider, M.S.Ed - Head of Partnerships, Jewish Education. Leider began her career in Head Start, and today brings two decades of experience building, leading, and supporting innovative Jewish Day Schools. She most recently served as the Director of Day School Innovation at The Jewish Education Project. Based in New York City, Leider will support Jewish Day School partners.
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Learn more about the program and how to partner with AltSchool to personalize learning at https://www.altschool.com/partner-schools.
AltSchool’s mission is to enable all children to reach their potential. Its world-class team of educators, researchers, and technologists are co-developing an operating system for teaching and learning that makes whole-child, personalized learning possible for students, teachers, parents, and administrators. The platform serves as the foundation to help schools offer a learner-centric education that is personalized for each student. Headquartered in San Francisco, AltSchool is a public benefit corporation and a Certified B Corporation. It is backed by Founders Fund, Andreessen Horowitz, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative donor advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and many other key investors. More information at www.altschool.com.