“A spiritualized education would seek to open the mind, warm the heart and awaken the spirit of each student. It would provide opportunities for students to be creative, contemplative, and imaginative. It would allow time to tell old and new stories of heroes, ideals and transformation. It would encourage students to go deep, into themselves, into nature, and into human affairs. It would value service to others and the planet.” (Spirituality, April 14, 2003)
Research has determined that there are few, if any, that apply the complete concept of Spectrum Academy. Several residential programs include elements of holistic education, peer-mediation/community, and/or community technology centers. Spectrum Academy is a Vision of Value for empowering disenfranchised youth caught in the throws of insolence and maturation. A full comparison on Spectrum Academy’s competition would take substantially more research and recommended as part of further development.
Marketing is through presentations and web-based activity with few exceptions. Promotional materials are not complete at this time. Points addressed in marketing campaign include:
Active student, parent, community and teacher participation in debate and decision-making are essential to strengthening public education.
Society reinforces public education's importance in a democracy by publicly governing schools, in addition to publicly financing them. Rather than diminishing parents' responsibility for their children, this underlines the collective responsibility for everyone's children.
Improving the quality of, and access to, education must drive the agenda for educational reform, rather than fiscal restraint or ideological conviction.
The public education system currently makes available, and is committed to continuing to offer, a variety of program options to meet the diverse needs of all students.
A publicly funded, democratically governed system of education with a mandate to provide quality education for all children should not be undermined by charter schools.
True choice in education must enhance educational equity, making pedagogically-sound choices equally available to all.
High impact PowerPoint presentations featuring current statistics on youth recidivism, enrollment rates, program successes, and Spectrum Academy features and benefits will be used to garner initial investments and support from the community. These presentations will also be used to address State and County officials to gain their buy-in of program compatibility and potential success.
Sourcing and Distribution Channels
21st Century learners need 21st Century technology at their fingertips, including:
The supply chain management philosophy applied to the school environment would call for the integration of customer and company, student and school, parent/partner and community. Practical applications of research bring the cross-functional teams together to share information, materials, and resources that empower the school’s compliance with its mission. The vision of the founders includes the incorporation of supply chain management applied to creating collaborative alliances, which also includes the research and development of resources. The Advisory Council and Board of Directors are utilized for contacts and resources to help establish relationships that can benefit from research provided by the school through its students and staff.
Community Technology Center/e-Curriculum Delivery
“Long distance learning has taken on a important role in developing countries like Brazil, where the vast territory and large population requires the use of powerful tools capable of offering quality education courses, from entry level post-secondary studies to masters and doctor degrees. The rising demand for such education courses has provoked the need for developing collaborative alliances between academic institutions and clients.” (Azevedo, et al, 1999)
The delivery of curriculum through electronic means is a growing trend in America. Developing a Community Technology Center (CTC) with data center capacity to compile and deliver e-curriculum serves the community of residence allowing businesses, home-schoolers, and public and private schools across the nation low cost access to state-of-the-art curriculum. 21st Century Technology Educational Centers program currently offered by the U.S. Department of Education.
Contracted curriculum packages (bundled or stand-alone) will offer educational programs at greatly reduced costs, increasing access to low-income areas. This increases opportunity for teacher-developed curricula and making it available to large numbers and remunerate the creators in the process. Community Technology Centers, developed as partnerships with schools, provide additional capacity for adult education programs for acquiring a GED or college credits toward degree programs. Community-based educational programs empower community leaders and members to effectively develop and manage community affairs. Access to social services electronic programs increases quality of life for low-income community members.