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Student-Centered Learning: Impact Academy of Arts and Technology

Abstract

"With more than half of its students living in poverty, Impact Academy of Arts and Technology High School (Impact) is an exemplar of what student-centered teaching and learning looks like in an urban center. This report, funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, explores how student-centered approaches and personalization have fostered a culture of success at Impact Academy.

With a distinct focus on personalization and student engagement, Impact stands out as a unique learning environment when compared to neighboring comprehensive high schools. At Impact, students are expected to know how to synthesize information, determine what's important, and present what they've learned. The school's assessment model, exhibitions, and defenses become the ultimate measure of whether a student fully understands a concept."

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