Education Achievement Authority: Nolan Elementary-Middle School


Updated November 2013

Charged by the governor of Michigan to transform the lowest five percent of the persistently lowest achieving schools in the state while simultaneously developing a new approach to educating students, the Education Achievement Authority is recreating Nolan Elementary-Middle School in Detroit. Modular furniture and flexible grouping arrangements accommodate a blended learning, student-centered, mastery-progression approach. The dynamic learning platform emphasizes not just cognitive skills but also collaboration and communication.

The two-page grantee profiles from Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) provide factual information about the secondary school and postsecondary degree program designs awarded grants under NGLC's third wave of funding, which focused on two areas, "Breakthrough Models for College Readiness" and "Breakthrough Models for College Completion." Each profile describes what makes each model "breakthrough" and offers important information about the instructional and financial models, student demographics, hardware and software choices, and contact info. These profiles serve to illustrate the innovations of these new blended and online models, with practical details of interest to those starting a new school or degree program.

NGLC accelerates educational innovation through applied technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States. To learn more about NGLC and the grantees it supports, visit

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