Unique AZ district closes achievement gap with blended learning approach

Lauren Williams's picture
Friday, September 27, 2013

Since implementing a blended learning initiative in 1999, administrators at the Rose Academies have seen their innovative approach pay off, student achievement gaps narrow and graduation rates soar. Looking to build on their initial success, the Rose Academies have chosen to partner with OdysseyWare, a leading provider of online curriculum and eLearning resources for K-12 schools, to be their sole provider of online curriculum at all four campuses.

The Rose Academies, a group of public charter schools, provide students in Tucson, AZ, an alternative education setting designed to support each students’ individual academic needs. Leadership at Rose Academy views their student body as an ever-changing and evolving learning community and aims to provide an environment to foster positive academic growth in each individual learner. Their unique, blended learning approach pairs digital content with personalized curriculum to ensure all students are engaged in the learning process, taking ownership of their education as well as setting them up for post-secondary success, whether in college or exploring a career path.

“We believe our students’ success lies in our ability to ‘Honor the Promise of Education’ for each of them. To us, that means individualizing instruction and personalizing learning in every classroom,” states Rose Academies Superintendent, Kelly Hurtado. She continues, “We are thrilled with the results since implementing a blended learning approach and look to our online curriculum partner, OdysseyWare, to take that growth to new heights. After a rigorous evaluation process, we felt very strongly that OdysseyWare would be the best possible partner for us in seeing our vision continue to come to fruition.”

OdysseyWare realizes that “how students learn” directly impacts “what students learn”. This is evident in the emphasis that OdysseyWare’s web-based platform and curriculum puts on empowering and supporting teachers to differentiate instruction, addressing the variety of learning styles found K-12 classrooms. Fully customizable, OdysseyWare’s research-based curriculum is accessible to students anytime, anywhere, and is designed to reach digital natives who are often challenged within the constraints of the traditional classroom.

OdysseyWare President & Vice Chairman, Kevin Youngblood, comments, “Helping every student achieve academic greatness is our top priority and is at the heart of everything OdysseyWare offers. This falls directly in line with the mission of the Rose Academies. We are thrilled to be their online curriculum provider and look forward to further supporting their goals throughout the life of our partnership.”

For more information about the Rose Academies, please visit them online at www.go2rose.com.

For more information or a complimentary trial, please visit OdysseyWare online at www.odysseyware.com.

About OdysseyWare:

Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, OdysseyWare is an innovative, multimedia-enriched online curriculum for grades 3-12. Completely web-based, it provides 21st century educational solutions by offering core history, math, language arts, and science course materials along with enriching electives and placement testing. More than 300,000 students across the United States have connected with self-directed learning through OdysseyWare. This curriculum is sold directly through regional education specialists.