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Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy celebrates first group of Bridgeton graduates

February 1, 2013 - By Lauren T. Taniguchi/South Jersey Times

BRIDGETON — The Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy held its inaugural winter celebration and awards ceremony at the Alms Center in Bridgeton Thursday afternoon, honoring students who have completed their high school coursework as well as those exemplifying the program's core values.

The learning center, new to Bridgeton since April 2012, offers city youth an alternate route to earn a high school diploma. By utilizing online eCourses, one-on-one learning and group sessions, counseling, flexible scheduling and personalized instruction, the program strives to offer youth who have dropped out or at risk of leaving high school a nontraditional way to complete their high school coursework.

"Many of you have overcome putdowns, hurdles and obstacles to be here today, and it is great to celebrate your achievement," said Dr. Emily Cannon, supervisor of guidance at Bridgeton Public Schools. "You have a great future ahead of you." Read more...

Digital Learning Day

Digital Learning Day is Wednesday, February 6. It will mark a nationwide celebration of innovative teaching and learning through digital media, and will shine a spotlight on successful instructional practice and effective use of technology in classrooms across the country.

EdisonLearning is an active participant and proud supporter of this campaign to engage students, celebrate and empower teachers, and create a healthy learning environment, personalized for every child.  In fact, our organization played a significant role in this transformational refocusing of education when we became “EdisonLearning” in 2008.

Recognizing that there was no single solution to address the diverse learning needs of K-12 student populations across all demographics, EdisonLearning combined its experience and core competencies in teaching and learning with a fully integrated online and web-based technology solution that could dramatically achieve universal student access to a genuine, individualized learning experience. Read more...

Chicago Approves Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies

January 23, 2013 by: Rebecca Harris

Chicago Public Schools officials approved several new charter and alternative schools at Wednesday’s board meeting. The alternative programs will serve a mixture of dropouts, students who transfer out of their schools because they aren’t on track to graduate, and those who have been expelled.

But the schools’ 950 new seats may be just a drop in the bucket. Jack Wuest, executive director of the Alternative Schools Network, says there are currently 15,000 to 20,000 young high school dropouts in Chicago.

The EdisonLearning – Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy will have two locations; each will serve 150 students in grades 7 through 12. The two Magic Johnson Academy locations will be based on a model used by 17 Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy schools around the country, which are a joint venture by Magic Johnson Enterprises and EdisonLearning.

Students in the programs spend half their time in on-site online classes, and half in traditional classes. Typically, students can choose whether to attend school from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. each day, depending on work and child care schedules. Students also receive job training and job placements at Fortune 500 companies, Andre Johnson of Magic Johnson Enterprises said during the public participation segment of the meeting.

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10 Things Business Leaders Should Learn From Educators

January 18, 2013 By Jeff Wahl

If you Google the words “what education can learn from” you’ll find articles ranging from “What Education Can Learn from the NFL” to “What Education Can Learn from Video Games” to “What Education Can Learn from Bernie Madoff.”

But what has struck me is what business can learn from education.

These are principles so valuable that the business world needs to take heed and learn from educators.  Below are 10 principles and lessons I believe should be incorporated in every boardroom, every office, and every MBA program. Read more...

 

International Bright Young Things

Teach Secondary (UK) - Volume 2, Issue 1.

Following the release of the CBI’s First Steps report, Teach Secondary asks EdisonLearning’s Paul Lincoln what it has to say about giving students the skills they need in an ever-shrinking global education space...

Teach Secondary: So, why is international comparison important in the first place?

Paul Lincoln: It is critical that we recognise our students are global citizens; we’ve never had a world that is so small and where everything that happens impacts on everybody all of the time, so it’s very important going forwards that our students are globally and internationally aware. There’s always going to be comparisons between how well our young people are doing and learners elsewhere, and regardless of the arguments about data we need to address where we sit in the scheme of things. There is always controversy over the use of international data, but we shouldn’t ignore how other countries’ approaches to education are working. The report is absolutely right; if we don’t make sure all our students are successful then our economy is going to be weakened by a massive tail of underachievement, which will be costly to us and also to society as a whole.

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North Star Academy: "Reuse Gift Cards"

December 27, 2012

Duluth, MN - At North Start Academy, EdisonLearning’s longtime partnership school in Duluth, a creative solution for a new age problem emerged. What to do with all the left over holiday gift cards? Make them into picks. Aundrea Kinziger, the Music Specialist at North Star Academy in Duluth told me about the process. "Gift cards worked best, those recycled gift cards that everybody wants to throw away when they are done getting the cash off of them"

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EdisonLearning reports improved academic performance in Clark County

December 14, 2012 by Trevon Milliard

Las Vegas - EdisonLearning is making gains at the half dozen Clark County public schools it has operated for more than a decade, and not a moment too soon. None of the schools met federal No Child Left Behind's standards in 2010-11, but EdisonLearning had good news for Clark County School Board members at their meeting Thursday: Five schools made the grade in 2011-12 as academic performance rose.

"This improvement doesn't happen by chance," said Marsha Irvin, senior director of achievement for EdisonLearning. "It's by design."

A few months ago, the School Board made a controversial decision to renew its contract with the New York-based for-profit management company. But the vote came with the stipulation that the schools must improve or the partnership would be over in two years.

"I'm very pleased at the progress happening at those schools," Superintendent Dwight Jones said. "I appreciate that you're stepping up to the plate."

School Board members echoed his sentiment. "What you've been able to do is huge," Board President Linda Young said.

That being said, there's still room for improvement and a demand for it. The percentage of students classified as below grade level must be annually reduced by 10 percent, a benchmark EdisonLearning officials assert they can meet. The 2012-13 school year will be the start of the two-year contract extension.

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Magic Johnson Center Opening in Macon

Dec. 13, 2012 - MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – NBA superstar Magic Johnson is bringing a charter school to Macon and registration is now open. Johnson is teaming up with Provost Academy Georgia, a statewide charter high school district, to open Magic Johnson Bridgescape center.

Students who enroll will receive a blend of online learning and small group instruction. The program is free and is designed for students who have dropped out or are at-risk of dropping out of school. The center in Macon will be open for both morning and afternoon sessions run by Georgia-certified teachers.

Renovations are currently underway at the center that will be located at 3902 Northside Drive in Macon. It's expected to open this January. PAGA opened the first Magic Johnson Bridgescape center in Atlanta this September.      

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Magic Johnson Center Opening in Macon

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – NBA superstar Magic Johnson is bringing a charter school to Macon and registration is now open. Johnson is teaming up with Provost Academy Georgia, a statewide charter high school district, to open Magic Johnson Bridgescape center.

Students who enroll will receive a blend of online learning and small group instruction. The program is free and is designed for students who have dropped out or are at-risk of dropping out of school. The center in Macon will be open for both morning and afternoon sessions run by Georgia-certified teachers.

Renovations are currently underway at the center that will be located at 3902 Northside Drive in Macon. It's expected to open this January. PAGA opened the first Magic Johnson Bridgescape center in Atlanta this September.      

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Murrells Inlet teens part of Provost Academy

Dec 05, 2012

Alternatives to the traditional public school classroom are nothing new. Private schools, religious schools, home schooling have all been around for decades. But technology now allows students to be a part of the public school system without ever having to step foot in a traditional school building.

Alexis and Brittany Wheeler are sisters from Murrells Inlet who attended Waccamaw High School last year but are now part of Provost Academy South Carolina, a virtual public charter school for grades 9-12 that serves about 1,000 students in the state.

The academy, which is free for students who live in South Carolina,  offers students “the choice of a quality online learning experience that is engaging, personalized and flexible,” information from the school states. Students earn a regular high school diploma recognized by colleges and employers. Because they take classes online, students can attend school anytime, day or night. And they can log onto the school from anywhere there is an Internet connection.

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