Blue Engine restructures the classroom by leveraging multiple educators who work together as a team to meet the needs of all students. With a team of teachers embedded into a classroom, students experience dramatic gains in academic achievement and a positive learning environment. Blue Engine’s team teaching model is designed to dismantle the traditional 1 teacher: 30 student instructional model and close the achievement gap for middle and high school students. Below is a summary of impact in our AmeriCorps Program.
Students in Blue Engine Math classrooms experience dramatic academic gains.
Over the years, students in Blue Engine Math classrooms have achieved gains equivalent to up to seven additional months of learning on top of the nine months of the traditional school year.* With team teaching in place, students are able to achieve scores on the New York State Regents Algebra exam higher than the scores our methodology predicted if Blue Engine was not in their classroom.
Blue Engine ELA classrooms that fully implement team teaching demonstrate student academic gains.
Students in Blue Engine English Language Arts classrooms who experienced conditions in which all four drivers of the team teaching model were in place experienced up to 12 additional months of learning on top of the nine months of the traditional school year.
Blue Engine has even deeper impact on high needs students.
Students with individualized education plans (IEPs) in Algebra classrooms and English language learners (ELLs) in ELA classrooms have experienced significant academic gains as a result of team teaching in their classrooms. Students with IEPs experience 13 additional months of learning, and English language learners experience 15 additional months of learning.
POSITIVE STUDENT EXPERIENCE
With student academic outcomes driving our model, Blue Engine works to ensure students have a positive classroom experience. We measure student experience quarterly through student surveys and have seen positive results.
PIPELINE OF FUTURE EDUCATORS PREPARED FOR THE CLASSROOM
We recruit and train individuals interested in gaining hands-on experience in the classroom to become Blue Engine Teaching Apprentices (BETAs), committing to a one-year term of AmeriCorps service. At the end of the year, BETAs may choose to participate for a second year with increased responsibilities and the option to enroll in our partner teacher residency program to become fully-certified teachers the following year.
Blue Engine alumni work across the education sector and remain in the classroom longer than the average district teacher.
*A note about our impact measurement methodology…
Blue Engine’s rigorous evaluation methodology measures overall student academic growth in terms of “additional months of learning.” This means we evaluate student performance in Blue Engine classrooms compared to average district performance, and then convert these gains into additional days of learning. Each year, Blue Engine aims help each and every student make significant progress in a given year.