There was a time when you could only buy albums, even if you only wanted one song. Then came iTunes and suddenly you could buy the exact song you wanted. School books and traditional curriculum are going the same way. We work with institutions and industry to create cutting edge content aligned to
rigorous learning and the Common Core.
Technology provides access to a much wider and more flexible set of learning resources than are available in classroom alone. Technology connects to software but also a wider and more flexible set of “education resource,” including teachers, parents, experts, and mentors outside the classroom.
We've created a platform for Out of School Time Learning to be aligned with common core and new generation standards allowing our activities to integrate seamlessly with the existing classroom lesson plan.
We work with schools to make digital learning:
Engaging and effective content - that is both rigorous and meets students where they are
Individualized and differentiated - for particular learners strengths or weaknesses
Personalized - paced and tailored allowing "content connection" aligning content, theme and standard to student interests and prior experience.
Our lessons connects culturally relevant, high quality STEM materials and project based learning activities that motivate kids to learn. We help schools and districts find, select and integrate lesson planning content and interventions. Our trained team of professionals create activities for learning and personal growth that stress academics, knowledge, skills, abilities, and attributes required for STEM discovery and innovation.
All of our services to districts help in the planning implementation and analysis to:
The Digital One Room Schoolhouse (DORS) - Our equity analysis of high school course taking patterns/completion rates give districts. A review of a districts' curriculum and assessments process to make recommendations on new 21st Century content, mentorships, wrap-around services and community asset mapping.
We conduct interviews with key stake holders, review data and technology systems and employ a set of criterion-based evaluation tools designed to evaluate the quality of lessons and units intended to address the achievement, gender and opportunity gaps for mathematics and English language arts/literacy. We are committed to strengthening the capacity of districts to play the central role in providing support, differentiation and monitoring the performance of schools by:
The Parent College-Readiness Network
Calculus Roundtable works to educate parents on how to prepare and support their children's pathway to college. Our model is what we call 'The Self-Advocating Student'. Broadly defined, a Self-Advocating Student is an individual who is comfortable identifying and verbalizing needs, challenges, weaknesses, or struggles, and taking action to access assistance. It's also a student who has the support of a caring adult who can direct them and support their aspirations.
LCFF Strategic Planning provides outcomes strategies and impact data for California's Local Control Funding Formula and accountability provisions. Making Local Control funding work for California's highest-need students.
The 2013–14 Budget Act provides $2.1 billion for school districts and charter schools and $32 million for County offices of Education to support the first-year implementation of the LCFF. Until full implementation. While Local educational agencies (LEAs) will receive roughly the same amount of funding they received in 2012–13 they also receive an additional amount each year to bridge the gap between current funding levels and the new LCFF target levels. How a district allocates these fund will need to be strategic and impactful.
With experience in weighted student formula tool creation and policy analysis our team worked on the original policy and research behind the initiatives, built the original tools needed to implement these policies and worked with Twin Rivers, Pasadena and Los Angeles Unified districts during the program's pilot (see per pupil funding final report)
For a complete list of services and their outcomes for districts.