Monday, March 21, 2016

Summit’s Personalized Learning Model Featured in LA Times and The Hechinger Report

Great teachers have and always will be at the heart of our schools. We are honored that this has been highlighted in recent articles in The Hechinger Report and Los Angeles TimesThese articles highlight how our community of teachers and school leaders, and not computers and technology, are at the center of personalized learning at Summit. 
As Aukeem Ballard, a Summit Prep teacher, explains, “Part of personalized learning is understanding that people are at different places at different times. They’re at a different place in their head space and their heart, and honoring that, and honoring that human beings aren’t just one thing all the time — I think that’s a huge part of the personalized learning work that we’re doing.”

The Hechinger Report: Despite its high-tech profile, Summit charter network makes teachers, not computers, the heart of personalized learning
summit - LATimes
(Sources: Hechinger Report and LA Times)
“Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I still believe in the American Dream. I believe that if you work hard and are a good person, you have an opportunity to be anything you want to be. I believe an education is the key to that. I think a lot of people say ‘all kids,’ but they don’t actually believe it will be all kids. [Summit] is crazy enough to believe in all kids. We deeply believe that. Our schools have always been about all kids, every single one of them. I think if you don’t actually believe in all, you’re never going to get to all.”
Diane Tavenner, CEO, Summit Public Schools

Summit Prep, Shasta, and Denali Rank in Top 100 Leaderboard

Summit students are currently participating in Khan Academy’s LearnStorm, a 9-week personalized math challenge for grades 3-12 across the Bay Area. We're excited to announce that in LearnStorm Cup 1, the first three weeks of the challenge, three of our schools  -- Summit Prep in Redwood City, Summit Shasta in Daly City, and Summit Denali in Sunnyvale -- have finished in the Top 100 schools leaderboard! 

This challenge focuses on strengthening students’ math skills with thousands of interactive exercises and videos. Students have the opportunity to earn recognition by demonstrating either mastery of skills or by showing perseverance and grit. 
See a special message from Sal Khan, the founder of the Khan Academy, for the Winners of LearnStorm Cup 1. 
“This is not just about math. This is about having grit, perseverance, the right mindset.”
- Sal Khan 

GreatSchools' Videos Feature Summit Students & Teachers

What are the Life Skills Our Students Need for College & Career?
When a student is faced with a complicated math problem, many parents don’t realize that they don't need to have the answer to help. Parents can play a huge role in helping the student solve the problem just by asking a few key questions. These questions are included in a new GreatSchools' video, Empower your teen to solve problems on her own, starring Summit  students and teachers.  It’s one of 13 short videos that GreatSchools, a national nonprofit that helps parents guide their kids to successful futures, created in partnership with Summit Public Schools.

GreatSchools' High School Milestones video collection — filmed with Summit students and teachers at Summit schools — showcase the critical communication, academic. and life skills that all high schoolers need to learn to be ready for college and career. At Summit, we develop all of these skills and more through our robust real-world projects, personalized learning experience, and mentoring program that helps students develop Habits of Success, such as perseverance, goal-setting, and stress management. 
Below are just a few video videos (available in both English and Spanish). Each short video also includes practical tips that parents can use to help their students develop these skills at home! 
“More and more we’re hearing the phrases 21st Century skills, personalized learning and college readiness, but it can be difficult to understand exactly what that looks like in practice—in our kids’ classrooms. The High School Milestones videos show what these standards and expectations are and what these critical skills look like in daily classroom life that will help children succeed far beyond high school.” Kyle Moyer, Summit’s academic program manager.

Visit to learn about the real-world skills that all students need! GreatSchools worked with Summit Public Schools’ Academics team, Family Engagement team, teachers, curriculum developers, and others to produce these easy-to-understand videos.