Supporting the success of our scholars begins with exceptional teaching. Alliance schools support teacher innovation to personalize learning according to the needs of their students. Teachers have access to leading technology, collaboration & knowledge-sharing opportunities, mentors, coaching & regular, supportive feedback.
Each school is a passionate and dynamic learning community with educators, staff and parents who respond proactively to individual student needs and evolve practices to ensure their success.
Our founding principal of school autonomy is a critical component to Alliance's historical leadership in successfully innovating towards more personalized learning. In 2011, Alliance was already integrating technology into teaching practices that could make learning more relevant, personalized, and dynamic. This pilot program (Blended Learning for Alliance School Transformation or BLAST) successfully pushed far beyond the distribution of electronic devices and was adapted across all Alliance schools while meeting the unique needs of each school community. Watch a video on BLAST here.
Common BLAST features included rotations between teacher-led instruction and student collaboration in small groups during a two-hour block schedule. Teachers were also given the freedom to adjust the program, leading to the discovery of numerous other successful rotation models, teaching practices and invaluable insights.
Alliance Commitments for Exceptional Teaching
Today, hundreds of innovative teachers across Alliance schools and classrooms collaborate to work relentlessly towards a unified vision for exceptional instruction, exemplified through our four Alliance Commitments for Exceptional Teaching:
Sharing Best Practices
- See Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Technology Academy High School highlighted in a video by Revolution Prep here.
- Read an Alliance profile in a report created by Innosight Institute and Charter School Growth Fund, The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning.
Watch Alliance Board Co-Chair Frank Baxter give a TED Talk about BLAST here.