Innovative tools and strategies are transforming education, and the best educators recognize this growing trend and harness it to benefit their students.

Fuel Education’s Transformation Awards recognize schools, districts or organizations that are successfully transforming education, the way teachers teach, and how students learn. The awards highlight seven exemplary programs from Fuel Education’s partner school districts.

Each Transformation Award winner uses online courses and adaptive learning tools to meet the varying needs of their students, who represent different demographic, economic and geographic backgrounds.

The winning programs use online learning to overcome challenges in unique and inventive ways, whether through providing students with the means to earn a high school diploma after dropping out, filling teacher vacancies, helping students recover credits, differentiating instruction based on real-time progress data, or providing students with access to a wider variety of elective courses.

The 2019 Fuel Education Transformation Award winners are:

• Achieve Online School (Colorado) – for using online curriculum with a blended component to provide at-risk students with flexible options, individualized learning solutions and robust extracurricular opportunities like archery, rock climbing and ropes courses.

• Cabarrus County Schools (North Carolina) – for using the Middlebury ELL program during an elective class block to supplement regular instruction, helping approximately 100 students a year learn academic English.

• Granger High School (Utah) – for implementing the Construction Youth Mentorship program, an initiative that provides both credit-recovery classes and hands-on construction education to help at-risk students graduate.

• Miami-Dade Online Academy (Florida) – for using online teachers to provide full-time learning to students across the state while consistently outscoring statewide averages on standardized testing.

• Seneca Center (California) – for developing a program that supports credit recovery, promotes independence and provides flexible opportunities for students to focus on college and career readiness.

• Southern University Laboratory Virtual School (Louisiana) – for creating a statewide high school-university partnership, helping students earn college credits online while in high school.

• Vanguard Leadership Academy (California) – for providing credit recovery opportunities while teaching principles of leadership and civics through in-person activities and field trips.

About the Author:

Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura


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