High Powered Learning for All

Modernizing K-12 learning for the future we want to live in


K-12 learning is broken and the prevailing conception of the problem is completely wrong. K-12 schools are nothing like factories. They're ad-hoc, highly variable, fragmented, and incoherent. A RAND study found that 99% of US elementary teachers draw upon "materials I developed and/or selected myself" from Google (94 percent) or Pinterest (87 percent).[1]

The efficacy of instructional materials, curriculum, and pedagogy is an afterthought. Individual teachers are left with the monumental task of creating lesson plans, assignments, projects, and making decisions on what knowledge to actually teach. It'd be like a waiter serving your meal while simultaneously cooking for twenty-five other people—and doing all the shopping and prepping the night before. The job is impossible for a mere mortal.

This is why, despite K-12 inflation-adjusted education spending increasing by 280% since 1960 [2], that only one in four US 12th graders is at grade level in mathematics.[3]

(Just) more software is not the answer

K-12 schools have haphazardly adopted dozens of siloed computer-based programs that create more work for teachers, not less. Combined with the fact that too much screen time has a negative impact on student learning [5], the situation is dire. K-12 learning needs a unified operating system for schools that tightly integrates the teacher, student, parent, and admin experience.

Dexter replaces a patchwork of digital EdTech tools with a unified operating system that integrates curriculum, instructional methods, and a learning management system. The net result is radically better K-12 schools.

Our principles of K-12 learning

Core Knowledge

A knowledge-rich curriculum that systematically builds vocabulary and background knowledge is non-negotiable.

Direct Instruction

A teacher providing explicit direct instruction is a powerful learning tool.

Active Learning

Students learn best when they're actively engaged in knowledge building. Discussing, making, building, exploring, etc.

Tutoring

One to one tutoring must be a regular part of K-12 learning for all students.

Executive Functioning

Students must develop high levels of executive functioning to excel academically.

Brain Science

From variable rewards to breathing breaks, an instructional program must be informed by neuroscience.

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