SOURCE: Pearson

September 19, 2013 11:49 ET

Students at Avant Garde Academy of Osceola Getting Jump Start on State's Shift to Digital Learning

Families Invited to Learn About Groundbreaking Digital Learning for Students in 6th Through 9th Grades at Open House on Sep. 28

KISSIMMEE, FL--(Marketwired - September 19, 2013) -  Students in Osceola County do not have to wait until 2015, when classrooms across the state will move away from textbooks, to dive into the digital age. Avant Garde Academy of Osceola is bolstering instruction for students with digital curriculum on laptops to better prepare them for college and careers, and educators at the public charter school are inviting families to see the groundbreaking digital learning at an open house on Saturday, September 28.

Principal Miguel Mediavilla and teachers will welcome families and showcase the digital classrooms from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school located at 2880 North Orange Blossom Trail in Kissimmee, FL, 34741.

With space still available for students, Avant Garde Academy teachers use interactive texts, videos, animations and other features from rigorous, digital instructional programs in a partnership with the Pearson education company. Avant Garde teachers include these dynamic elements into their lessons in an effort to make them more engaging and personalized for students in 6th through 9th grade with their own Chromebook laptop.

Under state law, all school districts in Florida will by the 2015-2016 school year purchase at least 50 percent of instructional materials in digital format, but students at Avant Garde Academy of Osceola are getting a jump start on the shift to digital learning.

"Students today are surrounded by technology more than any other generation, and it is critical we engage, motivate and prepare them for what is expected when they go to college and to employers waiting on the next generation of scientists, engineers and doctors," Principal Mediavilla said. "Our teachers are moving away from the old fashioned 'Stand and Deliver' teaching model and are working closely with students to help them excel, learn and develop more at their pace and with an intensity we've not seen before." 

The research-based digital curriculum with skills found in the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and Common Core State Standards include Pearson materials for reading and language arts, science courses, including works in marine science, earth/space science and physical science, math, social studies courses that include world history, seventh grade civics, American history and geography as well as electives in computer science and health. 

Pearson, which uses its research-based 1:1 Learning framework in supporting schools to engage and challenge students like never before possible with digital learning, will apply its depth of resources to help train teachers and plan and manage the school's digital learning environment.

About Avant Garde Academy

Avant Garde Academy, Inc. is a non-profit, tuition-free public charter school currently enrolling 6th through 9th-grade students who reside in Osceola County. Avant Garde Academy will add a grade level each subsequent year, offering a full 6th through 12th grade educational experience by the 2016-2017 school year. The school is led by Miguel Mediavilla, an educator with 21 years of teaching and administrative experience in Osceola County. 

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