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Afton Facilitates Expert Panel on Sustaining Innovation at iNACOL 2017

Panel of national experts at iNACOL conference offer specific examples, case studies for operators October 24, 2017 Blog Summary: The panel of national experts offered opinions and guidance based on their experience in implementing innovative school models.  Some key takeaways from the session included: Focus on change management and communications: move beyond individuals and change… Continued

Innovation & Finance: Learnings from Afton’s Work with NGLC Grant Program

Three key takeaways from this blog: Identifying impactful, scalable elements of innovative school models is as important as identifying viable whole school models. If schools show academic success, sustainability follows regardless of the funding environment. The quality, depth and breadth of the leadership team is paramount to ensuring sustainability. “It’s not always about scaling full… Continued

Financing Personalized Learning: What Can We Learn From First-Generation Adopters?

This paper takes the first systematic look at costs associated with implementing personalized learning schools, how leaders of these schools choose to allocate their funds, and what it might take to make personalized learning financially sustainable on public dollars. Researchers at CRPE, in partnership with Afton Partners, studied 16 charter elementary and secondary schools with a wide range of personalized learning models from across the country… Continued

Putting into Practice: A Conversation with Leading School District Practitioners on Personalized Learning

Afton Partners’ Scott Milam and Katie Morrison-Reed facilitated a conversation with leading practitioners from school districts across the country on best practices to implementing and sustaining innovative personalized learning models at iNACOL’s 2015 Blended and Online Learning Symposium in Orlando, Florida. Through Afton’s work with school districts from coast-to-coast, the team recognized unique innovations happening… Continued

What’s Your Plan? Implementing Innovative and Sustainable Blended Learning School Models

Across the county, skilled educators are implementing truly innovative approaches to teaching and learning. At Afton Partners, we’ve had the privilege to work with over 100 school districts and charter management organizations (CMOs) that have implemented blended learning school models to strengthen individualized curriculum and improve outcomes for students with varying academic abilities… Continued

Making Way for Change

Evaluating Financial Policies and Processes to Support District-wide Personalized Learning Initiatives – Due to advances in technology and promising early results, leaders in education are increasingly attracted to personalized learning models as they seek to meet the needs of students… Continued

Finding the Right Balance: Autonomy to Promote Equity—and Academic Success

School districts adjust to prevailing circumstances to promote autonomy, responsibility, and positive change – Much of Afton’s work in recent months has been toward providing principals and teachers at schools with discretion over a relatively higher proportion of total district spending. This in turn allows individual schools more flexibility and discretion in allocating resources that at most districts are already strained… Continued

Intrinsic Value: Lessons Learned at a Start-up CMO

Establishing a new blended learning program means stepping out in a whole new direction – I’m a financial analyst who wants to apply my skills to help America’s public schools. Usually, I’m elbow-deep in reports, or parsing spreadsheets on a screen, or in planning and review meetings with schools and board committees… Continued

Blended Learning: A Better Model For Sustainability?

NEW AFTON STUDY HIGHLIGHTS KEY QUESTIONS FOR FUTURE ANALYSIS Afton Partners recently collaborated with Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) and EDUCAUSE to study the business models and start-up plans of successful NGLC Wave IIIa applicants. The objective of Afton’s study was to identify and analyze significant preliminary trends indicated by the applicants’ proposed breakthrough, blended… Continued