UPDATE: A LINK ON Los Angeles success with Singapore Math. Those meeting the standard went from 45% to 76% in one year!
I am grateful some people in this state are fighting to improve education. They have an ambitious and thoughtful agenda. It is called 2015. This is not a post criticizing 2015. To the contrary, I am glad to say that we don’t need to wait for improvement. I believe that one of the best cases for charter schools is that it doesn’t take 5 years to make a change and 5 years to get rid of something that doesn’t work.
There are a few schools who already meet much of what is being proposed by the experts. The Academy of Dover is one. It offers more instructional time. It has more computers for the children than any district by far. It is accredited which is a rare feat for an elementary school. It is contracted with Innovative schools, which is supported by the same people who proposed 2015.The Academy of Dover is one of the first schools to have much of its curriculum mapped to the state standards ahead of state mandates. It also is implementing individualized learning plan strategy. Each student will have their own learning program and be taught to compensate for any weaknesses which are discovered during the school year. It was an ambitious plan and it has come to pass. We didn’t have to wait. At this school we are in the future.
Now I am proud to say that we are adopting Singapore Math. Singapore is number one in the world in Math and schools here including Massachusetts (which is at the top in America in Math) have used the American edition with great success. My wife and I have been advocating the world’s finest program for a few years. Recently the board approved my proposal and has accepted grants to make AOD one of three schools in Delaware to spearhead the initiative.
This is something well suited for Charter Schools because of the ease of innovation. We will serve as the test market in Delaware so the district Public schools can be assured that what works in Singapore, Massachusetts, and inner city charters in Los Angeles will work in Delaware. There will be testing at the beginning, middle, and end of the year to track improvements. The national experts will train our teachers over the summer and be available to help make any adjustment during the year. It has been mapped to Delaware standards and will be the most exciting initiative in years. The best push for change is a good example.
Protect your charter schools or else your children may never know excellence even in 2015. Without living examples, the establishment will make this initiative go the way of America 2000, Goals 2000, NCLB, Nation at Risk or any of a number of great sounding goals. Protecting choice in public schools is about bettering education for every child.
Note of full disclosure: Author is part of the Academy of Dover Board of Directors. A new board was selected to “take the school to the next level” a year ago.