Traditional admissions testing is expensive, stressful, and a poor predictor of academic success. Avenues is conducting cross-cultural research on fun, student-centered, non-timebound alternatives that prioritize character and problem-solving skills over curricular proficiency.
Creating a world school means creating and scaling world-class design and architecture. VAST is a system that enables Avenues to document, iterate, communicate, and scale detailed architectural and design standards to partners around the globe.
Reaching beyond the great cities of Avenues’ bricks-and-mortar schools, AON is a cloud-based campus for students across the globe. Unlike traditional online education, AON combines interdisciplinary project-based learning and live sessions with Avenues educators. The result is an unmatched high-tech/high-touch learning experience.
The brain doubles in size in the first year of life, and by age three it has reached 80 percent of its adult volume. The kinds of experiences that children have during this period strongly influence their future development and learning, which is why Avenues has introduced the Small World program: an early childhood experience designed to create happy, well-adjusted children with healthy, learning-optimized brains.
AWE was developed to showcase Avenues’ unique global perspective and define the intended curriculum for graduating students across the globe. The elements capture the essential and enduring outcomes for our graduates. Curricular elements combine to form a wide variety of programmatic molecules within the curriculum, providing building blocks of thought and behavior for Avenues students. More at Avenues Open…
At Avenues, bilingual proficiency is a priority for all of our students. In order to achieve our unique global L2 curricular goals and observe the latest research on blingualism and language acquisition, Avenues collaborated with thought leaders in language immersion, linguistics, and cognitive science to develop the Avenues World Language Scale.
Many schools collect extensive data, but struggle for insights to fuel student success. Avenues is codifying its goals by defining graduates’ essential skills, then uses analytics to gauge progress. Our dashboard reports student and organizational key performance indicators (KPIs) in real time, enabling us to analyze student performance longitudinally, evaluate organizational performance, identify key research questions, and communicate with diverse audiences.
The pinyin system uses the Roman alphabet and tonal markers to scaffold pronunciation prior to learning Chinese characters. However, unlike common practice with Mandarin-native students in China, immersion programs in the U.S. avoid pinyin until second grade over concerns of hurting younger students’ English literacy. Our research continues, but early results suggest no benefit in the delay and no adverse effects for English-native students.
The Elements of Education for Teachers is the first comprehensive LX compendium of evidence-based learning principles. Clear explanations are paired with plain-language “dos” and “don’ts” to facilitate application. From class size to chunking, grit to growth mindset, spacing to storytelling, every major LX concept is critically examined to broaden knowledge and inform practice.
Our students are increasingly investigating innovative ways to positively impact their local and global communities. This can often be addressed with in-class or mastery projects, but a deeper, longer-term commitment is sometimes required. We are exploring the creation of a new social venture fund to enable students to receive funding for their social innovation projects as part of 9-12 studies or for a post-graduate gap year.
Project-based learning remains among the most complex, enigmatic, promising, inconsistent, and empirically mixed of the modern pedagogies. To help navigate this educational briar patch, Zoltan Sarda created an online project-based learning course to teach project-based learning to teachers. Zen and the Art of Project-Based Learning is being piloted this year with select teachers around the world.
Can executive functions be enhanced through the long-term, deliberate practice of specific thinking skills? We are researching instructional methods to develop executive functions and fluid intelligence, including empathy, creativity, and mental agility, while improving fluency in key curricular areas such as math and writing. Isil Celimli and Todd Shy presented our work at EERA 2017. View the presentation…