While we are always proud to receive such wonderful recognition, the most important feedback is for us comes from the graduates and families who come back and visit!
Writings About Avalon
Deeper Learning At Avalon school, we are dedicated to “Deeper Learning”. Recently, we were profiled in a book about the subject: Deeper Learning. If you would like to find out more about deeper learning, check out this article from the Phi Delta Kappan magazine. We are also a teacher-powered school!
A Smarter Charter Additionally, we were profiled in the recently released book, A Smarter Charter. We do not show up on the front page of their website, but if you check out the book at this link (or buy it!), you can search for Avalon and read about us there.
Education Reimagined In the spring of 2017, the journal Pioneering, produced by Education ReImagined, published a short profile on our program. Read it here: Pioneering.
US Department of Education The United States Department of Education recently profiled us on their website devoted to their “Teach to Lead” initiative. Check out that story here.
Improving Schools A research paper about Avalon was recently published on the Improving Schools website (March 11 Vol. 14 no.1). It was written by Scott Wurdinger and Walter Enloe. The abstract follows, and the full report can be read here.
Surveys that focused on academic and life skill development were collected from alumni who attended Avalon Charter School in St Paul, Minnesota. Avalon is a small public charter school that uses project-based learning as their primary teaching method. Forty-two alumni responded to the online survey. Students ranked life skills such as creativity, problem solving, and time management extremely high, whereas academic skills such as note taking and test taking were ranked much lower. Students graduate from this school with a strong sense of purpose and self-confidence, which helps them become productive members of society.
Inside Avalon Inside Avalon focuses on all the great things Avalon does! If you want to find out why Avalon is so great, read below, but DEFINITELY check out Inside Avalon School. A wonderful compilation of stories, studies and other publications by people who have been here; our founders, current advisors, former students, and national researchers are all featured.
Edited by Hamline University Education Professor Walter Enloe, Avalon alumna Holly Marsh, and educator David Pugh from Golden Hill Alternative Learning Center. Many thanks to you all for making this possible!
Cultivating Life Skills at a Project-Based School
Cultivating life skills at a Project-Based Schoolis a study that focused on academic and life skill development for students at Avalon School in St Paul, Minnesota. Forty-two alumni responded to the online survey. Students ranked life skills such as creativity, problem solving, and time management extremely high, whereas academic skills such as note taking and test taking were ranked much lower. The study shows that tudents graduate from this school with a strong sense of purpose and self-confidence, which helps them become productive members of society.
Outstanding Educator Awards
Three Avalon Advisors have won Outstanding Educator Awards for Ethics in Education! These awards come from WEM Foundation and you can read about them here. Carrie Bakken has recognized at the state-wide level, while Nora Whalen and Gretchen Sage-Martinson have both been regional winners.
Avalon School has been identified as a “High-Quality Charter School “ (HQCS) for the purpose of determining eligibility for a significant expansion/replication grant from Minnesota’s federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) grant project! This identification is based on a Comprehensive Performance Framework (CPF) that incorporates multiple measures of schools academic, operational and financial performance. Thirty-five (35) of Minnesota’s charter schools were identified as HQCS. To see a list of all 35 schools MDE designated as HQCS, see this list: MN HQCS.
Minnesota Association of Charter Schools' Innovation Award
Avalon was one of five schools to receive the first annual MACS Innovation Award for our authentic approach to to measuring student growth. Read more about it here, or watch the video below.