Prenda Learning Model

The Prenda Learning Model is designed around our simple mission to empower learners. Not only do we provide a 21st century academic experience, we also focus on problem-solving, communication, goal-setting, growth mindset, teamwork, self-directed learning, and creativity.

We invite children to see themselves as a learner and build the confidence and skills that will help them succeed—not only in school, but in life. At Prenda, school doesn’t “happen to you.” Here, learners take ownership of their education. The learner is the doer, the mover, and the becomer. When we trust the learner and let them set goals, manage their time, and own their learning, we are empowering them! Will they do this perfectly right away? No! But if they persist, they will progress. We believe that when adults lead by example, ask more questions than they give answers, and build strong relationships of trust and respect, students thrive.

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Blended learning

Computers and other technology can have a major impact as learning tools, but they are incomplete without in-person, human interaction. Blended learning combines the best of both worlds to empower lasting learning. (Summary from BLU).

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Mastery

Mastery-focused learning allows each student to fully comprehend each topic before moving on to the next one. Not only does mastery-focused learning fill holes in foundational knowledge, it also removes the psychological damage of bad grades, self-labeling, and peer comparison. (Khan TED talk)

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Personalization

Every human is different and learning is personal. Our model incorporates student autonomy to customize the experience, along with tools and activities that meet a variety of learning styles. (OET)

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Project-based learning

The power of project-based learning to motivate and drive high-level thinking and effort has been proven time and again. When designed to cross multiple subject areas and connect to the real world, project-based learning is a powerful way to cement important concepts and information absorbed in other learning modes. (BIE)

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Growth mindset

Most people operate under what has come to be known as a "fixed" mindset. This is the basic core belief that some people are intelligent and good at school and others are less intelligent and therefore do poorly. We want students at Prenda to look forward to challenges confidently. To do this, they will need to develop “growth” mindsets. (Dweck)

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Small groups

Interacting with peers has been shown to reinforce understanding of important concepts and bring subjects to life. More importantly, human interactions are profoundly motivating and lead to high levels of engagement, student ownership, and happiness. (IgnitED)

Conquer Mode

In Conquer Mode, students work through core academic subjects, presented using cutting-edge online tools that adapt to student performance and require that students master material before they move on. Learn more about mastery-focused academics HERE. We know that there are thousands of trendy online programs. Some of them are great, some are not so great. We've saved you the trouble of sorting them all out and provide our students with high-quality tools that support individualized and adaptive learning paths.

Collaborate mode

It’s not enough to just know something; empowered learners need to develop the skills to work collaboratively with others. Each day students gather for a structured group activity, sit face-to-face, and work together to achieve a higher level of understanding than any one person could achieve alone. Collaborate Mode activities include many academic and non academic subjects and formats.

Create mode

During Create Mode, students work in pairs or small groups to build projects. We provide prompts that invite learning in STEM, history, research, writing, presenting, performing, art, mindset, and healthy habits (like meditation, journaling and goal setting). Kids show their learning through videos, reports, computer programs, gardens, posters, essays, dance routines, theatrical performances, business storefronts, journals, paintings, dioramas, and many more deliverables. Our extensive project-based learning library exposes kids to a wide variety of topics and experiences that will help them discover and develop their interests, talents, skills, and passions.