Tour w/ Dell 12.1.10

 Schools Visitation Report

 Jay Morris, Chris Cappelletti, Paul Austin, and Monica Kwiatkowski

Nov.30-Dec.1, 2010


Nov. 30, 2010

12     Noon             Left Cuba and arrived at Fourpoints Sheraton, Chelsea, NYC at 6:30 PM.

7pm       Went out to dinner with 7 other professionals that care about kids.

    • 4 administrators from Hall County, GA a Principal Eddie, a Tech Director, David, Aron Middle School Principal turned Tech integrationist specialist,  Tech integration specialist  Danica  Pruett, David from DC, Enricho Co. Virginia, Dell representatives: Adam  Gerry, Christine NYC Representative, Joanne lead Dell representative in charge NYC.

Dec. 1, 2010

6 am      Breakfast

7am       Taxi to Intermediate School #228, David A Broody, Brooklyn, site of School of One, hosted by Joel Rose, architect.

Shared the mission, vision, and step by step process of their middle level mathematics program

                Step one: Student Inventory of Learning Styles: Input from Parents, Teachers, and students

Step two: Taking data and matching student’s current abilities and learning styles with solid research based lessons from over 50 companies and the student’s preferred delivery style (modalities include Computer program based instruction, small group learning, Virtual tutor, Teacher led instruction, independent study ).

Step  three: Using mathematical algorithms, a student’s daily “playlist” is created. A Teacher’s daily  schedule was also created.

Step Four:  Students follow their playlist for the day, attend their scheduled instruction time, and participate in their lesson

Step Five: An online daily assessment is given, 5 multiple choice  questions, to see if the skill is mastered. If the skill is mastered, the student moves on to the next skill set. If not, the student receives the same lesson playlist the next day. Once a child goes over par, (Par= the average number of days a student needs to complete a lesson.)  a new delivery system (modality) is enacted.  The student’s progress is tracked throughout the year.

Step Six: Student progress is tracked to see where they are and to set the next day’s “playlist”



Advantages of School of One

There are teachers, principals, and student teachers involved  in a high stakes learning environment. All stake holders are able to see progress.

Teachers are trained in particular skill sets (they become experts in delivery and small group instruction)

Collaboration between Colleges and Teachers

Immediate student assessment- is huge and student centered learning

Learning environment was modeled after Dunn and Dunn Learning Styles (flexible seating arrangements, attention to lighting, sound, etc) designed by architectural students.

Technology was easily accessible for students- laptop carts were in the hall, LCD TVs were used to project  playlists for all students, and various technologies are used (Ipads, Smartboards, pc’s, Promethean Boards, Toshiba Tablets with touch screens , Dry Erase boards, No Printers .


Disadvantages of School of One

Large amount of personnel needed

If the system breaks down, algorithms have to be done manually to set schedule

Not a lot of creation, problem based, or interdisciplinary instruction

 Power outage and we’re done

Students were not talking- not a lot of collaboration




10-11am               Walked through the pouring rain, took the subway and traveled to Quest to Learn,

Met with Elisa Aragon, Executive Director of Instruction, Q2L (aka: Principal)

1 of 7 schools in a large building, over 4000 students in the building

The school is a collaborative effort between Parson’s School of Design and NYC Department of Education.

School Mission and Vision: Learning environments for students are structured around game play and Play Theory. Katie Sander, Executive Director of Design, and professor at Parson’s brainchild. Play theory is the notion that student learning engagement is higher given a purpose, creating or playing a game.

Every class is interdisciplinary and a collaborative effort between teacher, game designer, and curriculum coordinator. Teacher role is facilitator and instructional coach to students. The curriculum coordinator role is to make sure every mission (unit) is designed around the standards. The game designer role is to help create the games.

Advantages of Q2L:

Their philosophy: Teach to the standards, not to the test.  

Higher ELA scores-students are able to articulate their thoughts, concepts, and creations verbally and in writing.

Promoting collaboration and higher level thinking skills, along with problem solving

Open Source: The school is willing to share lessons and units

Highly engaged students wanting to be at school learning in a way that suits them (it is a school of choice).

Test preparation is candy coated and disguised as a game (example : Pearson Books is creating tests and  wants your opinion) 

It is a school of choice= parents request students to be there.

Creating leadership

Tech integration philosophy: Finding the tool for the job

Meeting the 21st Century Skills

Technology utilized: Smart and Promethean Boards, pc, various art supplies


Disadvantages of Q2L:

At average for NYC math scores: Although math is taught in every class and integrated in the lessons, there is no formal test preparation given to students.

Unorthodox methodology – hard to sell explaining to parents about “Troggles” and Imaginary Worlds.



What We Have Taken Away

Children can be doing more than one activity in a classroom at any given time. Student centered learning is essential.

You don’t need a computer for every student to teach 21st Century Skills. Teachers and students need very good tools and need to know which tool is the right tool for the job.

Implementing more problem solving activities in our lessons is essential.

Our friends that we participated with....

Hello Everyone,

Thank you for joining us on the school visits up in NYC a couple of weeks ago.  Some of you requested e-mail addresses so you could contact folks you met on the trip.  I don’t have every e-mail address, but I do have one person from each organization on this e-mail and Arthur from the DOE.  Let me know if you have any questions.


Here is the list of all the names

Jay Morris- Cuba Rushford

Monica Kwiatkowsk- Cuba Rushford i

Chris Cappelletti- Cuba Rushford

Paul Austin Cuba Rushford

Eric Jones- Henrico County Schools

Tom Woodward- Henrico County Schools

Dr. Aaron Turpin- Hall County Schools

Dr. David Robles- Hall County Schools

Danica Pruitt- Hall County Schools

Eddie Millwood- Hall County Schools

Dan Hartmann- Lab School Washington

Adam Garry - Dell

Jo Ann Aaronson - Dell




Adam Garry

Manager of Global Professional Learning, Dell