Fast Break: Accelerated Learning Framework for 21st Century High Schools

Jul 26, 2013 by

barry_stern Accelerated Learning Framework for 21st Century High Schools Date:

Dr.Barry Stern
Senior Advisor Haberman Educational Foundation

The Haberman Educational Foundation is pleased to bring national attention to not only looming skill shortages in the trades and STEM careers, but also to the lack of hands-on know-how and entrepreneurism  among too many of today’s young professionals. With millions retiring in these fields over the next few years and dangerously few in the educational pipeline to take their places, a continuing skilled worker shortage would cause many companies to shrink when we need them to grow. 

Commensurate with the “hands-on nation” solution envisioned by many, the Haberman Foundation is pursuing a strategy of practical action that starts with re-training educators to teach more holistically and experientially and to implement programs that replace the traditional industrial era school design with those that simulate today’s team-oriented, collaborative high performance workplace.

One such model is the Fast Break accelerated learning program. This intensive, computer-assisted, cross-disciplinary, highly experiential, project- and competency-based program requires instructors to team teach and integrate instruction in math, reading, communications, employability, and computer applications. It also incorporates career planning and soft skills such as teamwork, customer service, interpersonal relations, conflict resolution and other job readiness skills informed by thinking styles and needs-based communication (emotional intelligence). The results are outstanding – 2-3 grade level gains in reading and math in just 8-16 weeks, and 80 percent placement into jobs or college without needing remedial training.

The program truly engages students, accommodates large classes quite well and produces more learning per dollars spent than other programs. The federal government and two states invested millions in developing and demonstrating the model. The Haberman Educational Foundation trains teachers and administrators in how to implement it.

With enough programs like Fast Break in high schools and colleges, the U.S. can increase dramatically the pool of young people prepared and ready to enter advanced training in the skilled and STEM occupations so necessary for our future prosperity.

Request.In 2013-14 the Haberman Foundation (HEF) is looking to implement Fast Break in a few high schools and community colleges. Links to materials that describe Fast Break, its principles, premises and costs appear on this website. For further information contact:  Dr. Barry Stern, HEF Senior Adviser at bsels@aol.com540-751-0601 or Bill Stierle, ( 310-433-8380.


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