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Breakthroughs in Time, Talent, and Technology: Next Generation Learning Models in Public Charter Schools

National Alliance

Breakthroughs in Time, Talent, and Technology: Next Generation Learning Models in Public Charter Schools, authored by Shonaka Ellison and Gillian Locke of Public Impact, explains three core aspects of next generation learning:

  • Time, structuring the day around a pace more suited to the students they serve rather than a strict bell schedule;
  • Talent, hiring and cultivating teachers around their particular expertise, exploring innovative tutoring models, and utilizing master teachers; and
  • Technology, incorporating digital self-paced learning with multiple ways for students to receive and understand new content.

As the report states, “The term ‘next generation’ connotes for many the idea of “technology enabled,” or using technology to enhance a certain product or process. But next-generation models move beyond technological innovation. These models’ core goal is to truly personalize learning so that each student can reach his or her potential. To do this, next generation models must use time and talent—in addition to technology—in ways that differ significantly from the traditional school model.”

In addition to providing an overview of next generation models and recommendations for policymakers, the report also looks at four different charter schools that are successfully implementing next-generation models: Venture Academy in Minneapolis, MN, Match Next in Boston, MA, Ingenuity Prep in Washington, D.C., and Summit Public Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.