Our new web page, JFYNet Connected Learning, presents a selection of the online resources our Learning Specialists have developed grouped in nine categories for ease of reference. We call this page “Connected Learning” because our intention is to connect teachers, students, and now parents to effective instruction; to connect teachers to our responsive training and support; and, most importantly, to connect teachers, students and parents to each other.
College and careers now require the same level of skills. Productivity, the foundation of American competitiveness, depends on a skilled workforce at every level. Within this decade, 72% of jobs in Massachusetts will require some college education. But too many of our high school graduates do not have adequate reading and math skills for college or the workplace. Assigned to non-credit remedial courses, 90% leave college without a degree. JFYNetWorks prepares students for college and the skill-intensive workplace by using the Accuplacer, MCAS and other assessment tools to identify skill gaps and provide individualized instruction to close them. We have helped students reduce the need for remedial college courses by 50%.
American students are not achieving up to their potential or up to the standards of our colleges and employers. High school students, especially low income and minority students, struggle on state and international achievement tests and fall short of college entrance requirements in reading and math. These achievement gaps limit their higher education and career options and deprive American employers of the skilled workers they need. JFYNetWorks student-centered blended learning programs close achievement gaps and help all students reach college and career-ready skill standards.
Blended Learning is the fusion of online and teacher-led instruction. It selects and organizes content from the vast resources of the internet and places customized instructional units in the skilled hands of the classroom teacher and at the fingertips of the student. Blended Learning is the pedagogical tool that makes student-centered instruction possible. Our data-driven, outcomes-based methodology includes ongoing training and support for teachers. We call it AIMS – Assess, Instruct, Measure and Support.