Benefits of the Extensions Model
- Increases the rate of learning.
- Breaks traditional structures by grouping students across a grade and shifting to mastery-based learning.
- Develops teachers’ skills related to data-driven instruction, competency and blended-learning practices.
Keys to the Extensions Model
- Students spend one hour, four times per week focusing on core skills in reading, writing and math.
- Students across a grade level are grouped according to mastery, and learn in small, blended groups.
- Groups are fluid, and students move between groups as learning goals are mastered.
- Multiple grade-level teachers, teaching fellows, specialists and other faculty are matched with each group based on instructional needs.
- Face-to-face instruction is combined with online teaching tools (i.e., blended learning).
Benefits of a Blended-Learning Approach in Extensions
- Instruction that might otherwise be limited is more authentic and personalized.
- Allows for advancement, purposeful structuring of skill and practice, and immediate and targeted feedback.
- Engagement levels rise, and connections are made.
- The classroom “ceiling” is lifted as every child benefits from instruction that is tailored and responsive.