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Model Schools 2015

Thank you to all who were a part of and attended Model Schools 2015!  It was a pleasure for the LTS team to meet and connect with teachers, administrators, friends, and speakers at our booth throughout the conference.  Model Schools 2015 was truly groundbreaking for educators, and we are looking forward to seeing its implications in schools across the country.

Listed below are all of the attendees that represented LTS:

Brian Shulman, Founder and CEO
Don Kidd, President
Kathy Posey, Vice President of Support Services
Benj Sampson, Executive Vice President, US Sales and Business Development
Brooks Keisler, Executive Vice President, National Partnerships
Kurt Fichtman, Vice President of National Sales
Bill Heuer, Strategic Account Manager
Lindley Parris, Key Accounts Manager

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Brian Shulman, Founder and CEO, and Ray McNulty, Senior Fellow, ICLE, led their session entitled, “Getting Smarter about Learning in a Digital World.”  This session helped educators better understand the implications of technology in the classroom and how to embrace the potential of Digital Game Based Learning.  Here’s Brian and Ray after Tuesday morning’s session:

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You can read more about the topics of this session in their white paper titled, “Digital Game Based Learning:  False Premise? Fun n’ Games? Or Future-Focused Learning?”
You can get your copy here

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Did you get Captain Captivator at our booth?  If so, join the #MonumentalAchiever community and share with us Captain’s travels with you!  Tag us on social media using #MonumentalAchiever and include your home state!  Will Captain travel to all 50 states?

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Thank you, again, to everyone who was a part of Model Schools.  It was an honor for us to be a part of such a revolutionary and inspiring conference.  We hope to see you soon!

The Rise of the Self-Learner

If you attended the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE)’s 2014 Model Schools Conference June 22-25 in Orlando, you may have had the privilege of hearing Raymond J. McNulty speak about “The Rise of the Self-Learner.” Mr. McNulty is Chairman of the Board for the National Dropout Prevention Network, Senior Fellow at ICLE, and Advisor to LTS Education Systems.

McNulty urges teachers to give up some of the time they spend teaching to allow students to be self-learners, using technology. Why?  Because students learn at very different paces.

As educators, you know all too well that time and standards drive learning. Each year, the specific knowledge and skills that a student must learn by the end of the year is predetermined for them.

Time and Standards Drive Learning

  • “On Pace” Students will master this content in the given number of days for the school year.
  • Accelerated Students will master this content well before their peers, and become bored in class.
  • However, a significant number of Struggling Students will not have enough time in the school year to get where they need to be. They’ve carried with them skill gaps from the previous grade level(s).

From Raymond J. McNulty’s presentation: “The New Normal in Education: Creating the Schools We Need” 

How Does Stride Academy Support “Self-Learning”?
Stride Academy’s Adaptive Technology does quickly what it would take an educator so much longer to do. The program automatically identifies what skills a student is missing, then delivers appropriate curriculum to remediate and build strong core knowledge for struggling learners.  For students who are ready to move on to more challenging coursework, the program automatically accelerates.

Suggested Implementation
Thirty minutes of self-learning in Stride Academy, 3x a week, relieves the teacher from the complex work of differentiating for every student and enables the teacher to better focus group instructional time.

Student Stride Report

From this example of a Stride Academy Adaptive Learning Report, you can see the exact path Jenny Smith has navigated — scaffolding down to foundational skill practice before she can begin to scaffold back up to grade-level skills.