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Wichita Public Schools’ Learning Centers

Author(s): Katherine Mackey

Organization(s): Innosight Institute

Issue(s): State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones

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This report identifies Wichita Public Schools as a case study for analyzing disruptive innovation – or the use of computer-based learning. Launched in 1999, these Learning Centers were designed for dropout-recovery and credit-recovery purposes. By 2010, the district served 946 students in 3,904 half-credit courses and had a waiting list of more than 300 students in the 2008-09 school year. Download this report to discover how Wichita Public Schools created a new successful educational model to serve dropouts and at-risk students.