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 leadership in personalized learning initiatives.
Three years before iPads were being distributed at LAUSD, Alliance was launching an educational initiative to build on our successful college prep curriculum by integrating technology into teaching practices that could make learning more relevant, personalized, and dynamic. This program (called Blended Learning for Alliance School Transformation or BLAST) was piloted in 2010-11 at two Alliance high schools and quickly expanded across all Alliance schools while dynamically evolving to meet the needs of each school community. Watch a video on BLAST here.
BLAST classrooms shared common features like rotations between teacher-led instruction and student collaboration in small groups during a two-hour block schedule. As Alliance schools implemented the BLAST program with teachers given the freedom to adjust the program, multiple successful rotation models were discovered, along with numerous effective teaching practices and invaluable insights.
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.