Student Portfolios, Transcripts, and College...

As education changes and we reconsider how we assess students, we can't continue to do what is comfortable at the expense of what truly communicates student abilities. Standardized testing and transcripts have proven not be helpful to many students for various reasons, and end up being accurate for a small percentage of kids.

At the 24/7 Learning Academy, we feel that using digital student portfolios is a more advantageous and accurate way to show student accomplishments.  Transcripts only represent standardized outcomes, and we all know individual students have unique challenges and stories that can’t be explained by a letter grade.  Also, just students with the most resources have the best opportunities to prepare for college-entry standardized tests.  

Digital portfolios changes that and levels the playing field by allowing college admission departments to focus on tangible learning outcomes, reflection, and growth.  Colleges are seeing that companies are looking for candidates who are resourceful, can think outside of the box, show grit, and are now looking for the same characteristics from high school graduates.   

We understand the need for quantitative results like test scores and grades, but we see them as a small piece of a more substantial body of work that represents a student’s journey through school.  

We have partnered with a few companies and organizations that support digital portfolio development for students and are looking for more ways for students to accurately display their talents and abilities. 

Below is a list of colleges and universities that accept student portfolios as a part of their admissions process:

  • Amherst College
  • Bates College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brown University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carleton College
  • Clemson University
  • Colby College
  • Colgate University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • College of William & Mary
  • Colorado College
  • Columbia University
  • Connecticut College
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Davidson College
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Grinnell College
  • Hamilton College
  • Harvard University
  • Haverford College
  • Illinois State University
  • Indiana University at Bloomington
  • James Madison University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • Michigan State University
  • Middlebury College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College
  • Ohio State University
  • Penn State
  • Pomona College
  • Princeton University
  • Purdue University
  • Reed College
  • Rice University
  • Rutgers University at New Brunswick
  • Skidmore College
  • Smith College
  • St. Olaf College
  • Stanford University
  • State University of New York at Geneseo
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Swarthmore College
  • Texas A&M University
  • Tufts University
  • Union College
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Florida
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Maryland at College Park
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • University of Missouri
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Rochester
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Virginia Tech
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Wellesley College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Williams College
  • Yale University

THE FUTURE IS HERE AND OUR KIDS NEED TO BE READY FOR IT... VOLUME 3

Welcome to 24/7 Education Group monthly newsletter.  The purpose of this newsletter is to provide you with information about our programs, campaigns, and accomplishments from the previous month.  

Learning opportunities of today are very different from what they were ten years ago. Content is readily available, and self-paced learning is happening all around us. No one person, school, or system controls what we can learn and when.  On-demand learning is everywhere, people learn what they want, when they want, from various sources and the only thing that stops them is a lack of will or drive to learn.  At the 24/7 Learning Academy, the role of the lead teacher (Advisor) is not to just deliver instruction but to:

  • Increase effort, engagement, and our student's will to learn
  • Support student healthy habits
  • Support the Growth Mindset in students and families
  • Provide leadership development and mentorship

We believe a quality education starts with access and a healthy mindset, and our first job as educators is to create that safe place where students can experience just that.  The questions our team is examining this month are: 

  • How can we train our educators to get the most effort from their students?
  • What are the healthy habits students need to succeed?
  • How can we increase engagement with students through online and in-person instruction?
  • How can we create curriculum and assessments that are continuously improving as our students develop and promote the Growth Mindset?  

These are the questions we are working to answer every day and we believe so should you. 


Check out our latest video that describes some of the amazing things we have accomplished at the 24/7 Learning Academy.




STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

SUPPORT OUR "GET A PRIVATE SCHOOL EDUCATION FOR A PUBLIC SCHOOL COST" SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

All students deserve to have access to the best educational experiences possible, but many don't.  All donations small and large will pay for students to participate in our high school or  entrepreneurship and leadership after school program which includes tutoring, test prep, entrepreneurship training, and leadership development for teens.


VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

Volunteers wanted:

  • Retired Educators wanted to provide virtual mentorship to students (Can work remotely)

  • Board of Director Candidates wanted

  • General Volunteers wanted


THE FUTURE IS HERE AND OUR KIDS NEED TO BE READY FOR IT... VOLUME 2

Welcome to 24/7 Education Group monthly newsletter.  The purpose of this newsletter is to provide you with information about our programs, campaigns, and accomplishments from the previous month.  

The big question that was asked of the executive team last month was, “what are we creating?” All of the answers were similar but had some subtle differences.  For our organization to meet its maximum potential, we all must be in the same boat, rowing in the same direction, and speaking the same language. So I am going to answer that question and explain our vision.

What are we creating:  THE SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE


OUR VISION:  THE SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE

Our school of the future will be made up of:

  • Micro-schools located throughout the world connected through our online instructional platform, the 24/7 Learning Center.

  • A cohort of expert educators that are providing instruction and mentorship to students onsite and remotely in all of our Micro schools.

  • Pedagogy and Programming that will support onsite and remote students of multiple age groups to take ownership of their education and to:

    • Learn by Doing

    • Learn by Teaching

    • Learn by Simulation


OUR TEAM:

New Team Members: Welcome to the team!

  • Michelle M - Fundraising
  • Erica - School Design
  • Jian - Web development
  • Jill - Web Development
  • Sanchit - Web Development
  • Alicia - IDD Team
  • Amanda - HR and Operations

OUR CURRENT PROJECTS:

24/7 LEARNING ACADEMY -  The school designed for the 21st Century

HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE MONTH:  

Starting our first student run and owned business:  Farmers Market and Hydroponic Garden

ADULT LEARNING: 

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I'm learning Social Media Marketing to start a new career


OUR PEDAGOGY IN ACTION: LEARNING BY TEACHING

Book Discussion: Rich Dad Poor Dad, Chapter 1

Subjects Covered: Financial Literacy, English Language Arts, Presentation skills, Video Editing, Public Speaking

Educational Standards covered:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.2
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.2
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.


FUNDRAISING AND VOLUNTEERING: 

WE RAISED $2200 FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST AND ARE DEVELOPING SOME LOCAL COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING EVENTS FOR THE FOLLOWING MONTHS.

These include: 

  • A raffle and chocolate sale
  • Local car washes
  • Set up for our End of Year Fundraising

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS:

SUPPORT OUR "GET A PRIVATE SCHOOL EDUCATION FOR A PUBLIC SCHOOL COST" SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS.

Donate Today

DONATE TODAY:

All students deserve to have access to the best educational experiences possible, but many don't.  All donations small and large will pay for students to participate in our high school or  entrepreneurship and leadership after school program which includes tutoring, test prep, entrepreneurship training, and leadership development for teens.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: 

We are looking for volunteers who share our passion for education, technology, and equality. It is a 20-hour commitment per month initially and an opportunity to help ensure access to quality education for all, regardless of race, location, income, and access to technology.

VOLUNTEER TODAY

  • Retired or inactive educators wanted to provide virtual mentorship to students (Can work remotely)

  • Board of Directors

  • General Volunteers wanted


SOCRATIC DISCUSSION RESOURCES FOR THIS MONTH:  

What jobs will be available in the Future and why do we focus on creativity, leadership development, and ownership?

 

 

 

the other?


There are two types of education, is one more valuable than the other?


WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 24/7 EDUCATION GROUP?

The Future is here and our Kids need to be ready for it... volume 1

Hello, team, the purpose of this newsletter is to provide you with information about 24/7 Learning Academy's programs, campaigns, and accomplishments from the previous month. Our primary objective is to eradicate education inequality by creating access to the highest quality educators and instruction to as many students as possible through innovative classroom infrastructure, program development, pedagogy, and technology.  

Some people may be thinking “that is impossible, the problem is too big for this small organization to tackle,” and I say why not.  Technology has made it so that people from across the globe can easily communicate, collaborate, and share information with a touch of a button.  Why is it so hard for us to utilize the same technology that successful large corporations use in their organizations to transform education so that all students can have access to high-quality educators and instruction?   Why doesn’t everyone see this as an opportunity or is the paradigm shift so significant?

Either way, you are a part of the 24/7 Education movement that sees the big picture, and yes it is a giant puzzle that we are assembling piece by piece.  To simplify things we asked ourselves three questions:

  • How can we get the best educators and curriculum in front of the most students?
  • What are the most effective ways students learn?
  • How can we continually assess the quality of learning?

By asking these questions, we know we have to design a classroom that is not limited by walls or location.  We have to focus on access, pedagogy, content delivery, and how we can assess learning without external impediments.


OUR CURRENT TEAM:

24/7 Learning Academy team

OUR CURRENT PROJECTS:  

1. STARTING THE 24/7 LEARNING ACADEMY - The school designed for the 21st Century

Layout and Design: Our small but innovative school will feature two Gardens and multiple instructional areas to serve student's academic,  entrepreneurial, and leadership development needs.

24/7 Learning Academy
24/7 Learning Academy

2. CLASSROOM INFRASTRUCTURE: The Classroom designed for the 21st Century

Developing hybrid classrooms where onsite and remote educators can teach simultaneously, and onsite and remote students can learn simultaneously.

Our Classrooms are designed to be used with multiple types of educational programs and age groups (high school, after school programs, adult learning programs, and camps), and are easily scalable.

24/7 Learning Academy Hybrid Classrooms
24/7 Learning Academy Hybrid Classroom
24/7 Learning Academy Hybrid Classroom

PROGRAMMING AND PEDAGOGY for the 21st Century

Our programming and pedagogy are designed to prepare students for change, trouble shooting, and to participate in opportunities that have not been created yet.

24/7 Learning Academy High School Program - Features on site and remote learning for teens

24/7 Learning Academy After School Program  - Features Entrepreneurship and Leadership development for teens

24/7 Learning Academy Camp Program - Features Holiday and Summer instruction for students focused on Entrepreneurship and Drones

  • Check out Zachery learning about Growth Mindset in his 24/7 Learning Academy's on site high school orientation.
 
 

EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY:

Our software development team is developing an Immersive Learning Platform that will provide an engaging and effective online learning experience for students in and outside our classrooms.

Our Platform:  

  • Is designed for self-paced learning and to support live access to our classrooms
  • Focuses on connecting the right educators and modes of instruction with the right students, because we believe in matching specific teacher instructional styles with specific student learning styles.

(Front end Design Specs)


FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGNS:

1. DEVELOP THE CLASSROOM OF THE FUTURE

Our crowdfunding campaign to build the Classroom of the Future ended July 31st, and raised $2565.

Top two Team Fundraisers:

  • Diallyo: $1000

  • Kea: $800

Thank you to everyone that donated and shared our links.  A special thanks goes to Kea Paddy who led the fundraising campaign.  Her persistence allowed us to create a functional hybrid classroom that can reach well beyond the  walls of our physical classroom.
 

2. STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

SUPPORT OUR "GET A PRIVATE SCHOOL EDUCATION FOR A PUBLIC SCHOOL COST" SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Donate TODAY

All students deserve to have access to the best educational experiences possible, but many don't.  All donations small and large will pay for students to participate in our high school or  entrepreneurship and leadership after school program which includes tutoring, test prep, entrepreneurship training, and leadership development for teens.


VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

  • Retired Educators wanted to provide virtual mentorship to students (Can work remotely)

  • Board of Director Candidates wanted

  • General Volunteers wanted


by Justice Jones  © 24/7 Education Group - 2017

"Education will never be the same"

We are so proud to introduce our "Education Will Never Be the Same" promotional campaign for the 24/7 Learning Academy.  We believe  we have built something extraordinary and tackling one of the most complicated challenges facing education today, education inequality. An excellent education begins with access to a high-quality educator. The greater the Teacher, the greater the value of the lesson to the student.

Some people may think that is impossible, the problem is too big for our small organization to tackle, and I say "why not."  Technology has made it so that people from across the globe can easily communicate, collaborate, and share information with a touch of a button. Successful corporations use these innovations throughout the world. Why is it so difficult for us to utilize the same technology to transform education so that all students have access to high-quality educators and instruction?   Why doesn’t everyone see this as an opportunity or is the paradigm shift so significant?

Either way, the 24/7 Learning Academy team sees a bigger picture, and yes, it is a giant puzzle that we are completing piece by piece.  To simplify our task, we asked ourselves three questions:

  • How can we get the best educators and instruction in front of the most students?
  • What are the most effective ways students learn?
  • How can we continually assess the quality of learning taking place in our programs?

By asking these questions, we know we have to design a classroom that is not limited by walls or location.  We have to focus on pedagogy, content delivery, and how we can assess learning without external impediments.

We don't have all of the answers, and there are still many challenges to overcome, but we understand that education in its simplest form begins with the educator and student, and the quality of instruction is determined by the quality of the person delivering it.

 


INTERESTED IN THE 24/7 LEARNING ACADEMY

Help us Build the School of the Future

We are the 24/7 Learning Academy, an innovative new school that is opening in Orlando, Florida in August 2017. Through personalized and project-based learning our students will gain the knowledge and skills they need to be successful.

Our team of educators has over 75 years of experience, and we believe we've designed a school that will have a huge impact on students and communities across the country.

An essential part of the 24/7 Learning Academy is the ability to have both onsite and remote students learning and participating simultaneously within one classroom. With the right technology, we will have the opportunity to share our classroom and instruction with students across the globe. Both students and instructors can effectively engage in the learning process from any internet ready device, anywhere in the world, in real time.

However, financing the right technology for this is difficult. Inexpensive and widely available video conferencing resources currently exist, but they are insufficient for classroom use and experience a plethora of technical issues. We need something more robust and consistent to ensure students have active engagement and participation, regardless of their location.

We are looking to truly integrate remote students and educators through the use of the Cisco SX80 and SpeakerTrack System, a high definition video and microphone system that includes motion and sound-tracking. This technology will allow us to provide seamless access to our classrooms and instructors.

Families no longer have to be limited to the educational choices within their communities, and students no longer have to be subjugated to inexperienced teachers and inadequate instruction because of where they live.

We need your support; please donate today to help us raise the monies required to purchase this groundbreaking technology and help us share our classrooms and exceptional learning experiences with students and families from across the globe. We appreciate your support and all donations large or small are encouraged.

We are grateful to all donors, and we want you to see the impact of your gifts, so we are offering the following rewards for donations.

$500: You will receive 24/7 Learning Academy memorabilia, be listed as a Silver sponsor on our website and plaque at our school location. (The Bronze Donor Package)

$1,000: You will receive “The Bronze Donor Package” plus be acknowledged in a live class as a Gold Donor. (The Silver Donor Package)

$1,500: You will receive “The Silver Donor Package” and sponsor a cluster of 3 students and have feedback on their progress and receive a personal letter or video from each of them. (The Gold Donor Package)

$3,000-$5,000: You will receive “The Gold Donor Package,” plus sponsor a particular project that students complete annually, and the project will be named after you. A larger gift ($4,000 or more) will allow you to help select which project that you would like to sponsor. (The Platinum Donor Package)

$8,000 or over: You will receive “The Platinum Donor Package,” plus, we will name a program and Subject Area after you. (The Diamond Donor Package)

Donate today, and become a supporter of a school that is innovating education and changing the lives of its students. If you cannot afford to donate, please help us by sharing our campaign with your friends and family.

The 24/7 Learning Academy is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.


Creating an Entrepreneurial Classroom

At 24/7 Learning Academy, students will delve into a rigorous curriculum that includes calculus, physics, programming, and literature, but in our view, some of the students’ most valuable experiences will be when they will run experiments, take risks, and try to launch ideas out in the “real world.” 

As an example, this coming year, our students will have the opportunity to build a hydroponic farm right here at the school facility and then sell the produce to the local community. In doing so, they are going to get to learn a lot of practical skills and knowledge in agriculture, biology, engineering, and marketing and get to see how they apply to creating something real. 

But even more importantly, they are going to get exposure to many of the challenges they will face in both college and their professional careers. Things like: How do you collaborate with a team to solve a complicated problem when there is no one telling you the solution? How do you manage your limited time and resources? How do you adjust when your first approach doesn’t work? How can you stay motivated in the face of failure? 

High school is a perfect time to learn these valuable lessons, and we see no reason why an individual has to wait until they are out of college before they can follow their passions and launch a business or pursue their own entrepreneurial paths. In fact, at PS 11 in New York City, students in 3rd grade (Yes eight and nine-year-olds!) operate a weekly farmer’s market and help take care of the chickens whose eggs they sell to the community. 

If we truly want to prepare our students to become great innovators and leaders, what better way to start then to inspire and support them in creating something real?

We are extremely excited to see what our students create!

Click here to Register for our onsite or virtual high school today!

The High School for Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development coming to Orlando, Florida

The founders of 24/7 Learning Academy decided to create a high school personalized learning program designed around the premise that learning should never be limited by the hour on a clock or standard curricula. To accomplish our mission of making education relevant and available to all students with a burning passion to launch their own startup or a desire to attend a high school for leadership development, we put a technology-rich spin on the old one-room school house concept.

Our blended-learning model is a high school with project-based learning, rather than centered around traditional grade levels and standardized testing. Mastery-based, student-driving learning objectives guide advancement and skill-based grouping. This ensures a rigorous educational experience that delivers 21st-century skill development focused on entrepreneurship, leadership and social justice.

What sets 24/7 Learning Academy apart from a Montessori High School or a traditional private high school in Orlando, Florida is our team approach that includes live online sessions, in-person classes and 1:1 tutoring opportunities with intelligent software. Students experience collaborative and self-guided project assignments and explore personal learning styles, aptitudes and interest. And, we work closely with the community, so all students have access to mentors, specialists, college and career counselors and advisors to help them every step of the way. There are no boring lectures. Instead, Socratic discussions drive home important information and key concepts.

Our educational programming is based on two key factors: 1) every student has unique learning styles and, 2) no two students have identical educational goals and passions. The educational journey should reflect a personalized curriculum that supports comprehension, skills development and access to internships, community service projects, apprenticeships and entrepreneurial opportunities designed to fuel his or her own passion. The 24/7 Learning Academy is a high school for entrepreneurship with additional training around Finance, Law and Advocacy, Culinary Arts and Media Production, Health and Wellness and Agriculture and Alternative Energy because we want each student who leaves the Academy to be fully prepared to enter college or a career. And, we do all this with remote and on-site programs and flexible schedules so students can participate on their own schedule.

Multi-Discipline project-based learning ensures students understand why the content in their personal education plan is relevant, and how they can apply skills acquired to achieve their career objectives and enhance daily life beyond the classroom.

We look forward to working with students and parents in our local communities and are pleased to announce our new school opening soon in Orlando. Please accept our invitation to visit an open house to learn more.


Date: Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 (RSVP)
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

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Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 (RSVP)

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