The Future of School

Traditional education systems are failing today’s students. What does the future of school look like? Studies suggest it’s about online community, greater flexibility, and creating safe environments. It is time to prepare students to attain better skills for success. Learn more in the infographic below:

What Does the Future of School Look Like?
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Today, more than 168 million children globally do not have access to in-person learning

 

The Great School Migration

  • 57% of students feel more positive about online schooling in a post-pandemic world

    • Given the choice, teens prefer

      • Fully remote learning: 42%

      • Hybrid models: 37%

      • In-person school: 19%

    • Families choose online education because it offers

      • Flexible schedule: 48%

      • Safer environment: 36%

      • More family involvement: 25%

      • Ability to avoid bullying: 23%

 

60% of Americans say traditional education systems are failing today’s students — Virtual schools provide an opportunity to redesign learning

 

The Impact Of Professionally Designed Virtual Schools

  • Advantages Of Online Learning

    • Greater Flexibility: 71% of students believe that virtual schools offer more flexibility

    • Improved Memory: Online learning helps students retain 25% to 60% more information

    • Enhanced Performance: Online students performed better than face-to-face students 

    • Time Effective: Online learning takes 40% to 60% less time than traditional formats

    • Future Focused: Nearly 1 in 2 faculty members believe online education is the future

    • Less Bullying: Online students are less likely to experience bullying

      • In person school: 22% experience bullying

      • Online schooL 16% experience bullying

  • Skills For Success

    • Fast-paced changes in technology increasingly require a new skill set

      • By 2022, the most in-demand job skills will be

        • Analytical thinking & innovation

        • Active learning & learning strategies

        • Creativity, originality & initiative

      • “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn” 一 Alvin Toffler, Powershift

        • Learning: Understanding the relationship between facts

        • Unlearning: Questioning everything we know to discover the unknown

        • Relearning: Changing focus and switching methods to overcome new challenges

    • Project-based learning is key to developing these skills

      •  In one study, students engaged in hands-on learning were 1.5x less likely to fail 一 On average, their exam scores improved by 6%, or half a letter grade

      • Active learning helps students to 

        • Building critical thinking skills

        • Teaching creativity and adaptability

        • Improving knowledge retention

      • Students retain more knowledge — after a project-based units test scores show

        • Science: 17% improvement

        • Social Studies: 63% improvement

        • Reading: 23% improvement

    • A student-led, project-based curriculum leads to

      • higher graduation rates

      • greater persistence in college

      • increased student motivation and engagement

      • improved teacher/student interaction

  • Deeper Learning Without Grades

    • Grading limits learning

      • Many student put in just enough work to earn their desired grade

        • In one study, students whose gpa fell after grades were recoded performed better on subsequent tests

      • Students focus on grades instead of focusing on learning

        • Students who approach a lesson knowing they will be graded retain less of the content — especially those with a history of low achievement

      • Grades create stress and higher stakes

        • 80% students believe their parents care more about their grades than their happiness

    • Descriptive feedback guides students’ learning

      • Students are motivated by their own curiosity and desire to learn

      • Teacher provide feedback to focus students on areas for improvement

      • Encourages self-reflection to connect learning with the future

    • When students receive mentorship during school

      • Increased high school graduation rates

      • Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices

      • Better attitude about school

      • Higher college enrollment rates and educational aspirations

      • Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence

      • Improved behavior, both at home and at school

      • Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers

      • Improved interpersonal skills

      • Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use

 

“In times where small instructor-led classrooms tend to be the exception, electronic learning solutions can offer more collaboration and interaction with experts and peers, as well as a higher success rate than the live alternative.” ~ Keith Bachman, Corporate eLearning Executive, W.R. Hambrecht and Associates

 

Sora Is Making An Impact On Academics

  • Professionally built to fit an online format

  • Designed for kids who don’t fit into traditional education

  • Preps kids for the new world with new innovative education

    • Network of 50+ career mentors

    • SAT test prep

    • College admissions counselors

    • $2.7 million in fresh funding 

  • Fully accredited programs by Cognia and WASC

    • College schedules encourage flexibility

    • Year round schooling prevents summer slide

  • Sora is a community

    • Optional in-person elements provide strong social engagement

    • Project based learning opportunities

    • Tracks designed for every student

Unconventional learning, unconventional success — Sora is the future of high school.

 

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