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Discovery Partners with AltSchool

 
The Discovery School is excited to be a partner school with AltSchool, an education and technology organization that will help the school deepen its academically challenging personalized learning practice. The Discovery School is partnering with AltSchool to utilize its teacher-built and student-driven teaching and learning platform in classrooms, starting during the upcoming academic year. Headquartered in San Francisco, AltSchool is a public benefit corporation and a Certified B Corporation. It is backed by Founders Fund, Andreessen Horowitz, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative donor advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and many other key investors.
 
WHAT IS ALTSCHOOL?
AltSchool is a partnership between educators, entrepreneurs, researchers and engineers who are driven to deliver whole-child, personalized learning. AltSchool runs its own lab schools in California and New York, where educators are co-developing a software platform—in collaboration with a dedicated team of designers, researchers, and engineers—to develop the tools and insights to tailor their practice based on each student’s needs.  The AltSchool Network includes its own lab schools as well as partner schools across the U.S. that share their aim of transforming educational experiences for children. Learn more about AltSchool and their educational approach.
 
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A PARTNER SCHOOL?
The Discovery School was one of a handful of schools that was selected from hundreds of applicants to be a pilot partner school for the AltSchool platform. We chose to work with AltSchool given their emphasis on, and knowledge of, the practice of personalized learning as well as their goal of enabling all children to reach their potential. As a partner school in the AltSchool Network, we will be able to leverage their proprietary product and services platform to deliver a truly personalized learning experience to our students. Partner schools leverage the AltSchool platform as a resource to support classroom instruction and deepen their practice. The platform offers solutions for all stages of learning, including academic and non-academic goals, personalized curriculum, documentation and assessment, and engaging with parents.
 
WHAT IS THE ALTSCHOOL PLATFORM?
The AltSchool platform is the foundation for student-driven learning, built for educators, with educators. More than just a learning management system, the platform is a learner-centric system of tools and services that helps educators in diverse environments to personalize instruction for each child, in a way that reflects both real-world and digital learning, group and individual instruction, and academic and non-academic growth. Built upon leading educational research, it has been developed and continually refined through collaboration with educators, parents, and students in AltSchool’s own lab schools. AltSchool’s platform is designed to empower educators, equipping them with the knowledge to understand each student’s needs and the tools to tailor each experience accordingly.
 
HOW DOES THIS PARTNERSHIP BENEFIT DISCOVERY STUDENTS?
AltSchool technology helps teachers understand their students as individual learners—from a perspective that’s both deep and wide—so they can develop and deliver a comprehensive, personalized curriculum that helps each child thrive on his or her own terms.
 
How AltSchool facilitates personalized learning:
    • personalized playlists for students
    • track individual student progress against both academic and non-academic standards
    • Automatically pull info from blended learning and create summative view of individual student progress against standards
    • Digitally capture student work
    • Tailor assignments and be able to adjust for each student
  
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