The Alvo Mission
The Alvo Institute provides customized design and implementation consulting services to help schools, districts and charter management organizations design and sustainably operate innovative 21st Century classrooms. Launched in 2009, Alvo was one of the first firms dedicated to blended instructional design, implementation, evaluation and professional development in the country. We help schools and districts Dream, Design and Deliver the most innovative blended learning programs. Our team of experienced classroom teachers, researchers, ed tech experts and project managers guide clients in creating teacher led, data-driven and technology enhanced classrooms where every student can thrive.
At Alvo, we are guided by four core principles. We:
- Inspire educational leaders to imagine the nirvana and build the instructional environment in which students, teachers and families will thrive.
- Guide the culture change process with consistent language, clear communication, stakeholder engagement and strong project and change management expertise.
- Support teachers and educational leaders through the planning and implementation process through customized in-person and online professional development and professional learning communities.
- Enable sustainable programs by building around academic needs, policy and education code, budget analysis and planning for financial sustainability.
With good intentions and a sense of urgency to give students the very best, we have seen too many schools rush into a blended learning implementation, convinced they can and must “build the plane as they fly.” At Alvo, we believe that you can’t build a plane as you fly it when you are carrying other people’s children on board. We believe in a strong initial design and planning phase, supporting an implementation with careful monitoring and support. A successful initial launch will lead to innovation that is long-term, sustainable and systemic.
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Why Do We Do This Work?
Alvo is a team of experienced educators who are passionate about creating environments where children can thrive. Learn more about what gets the Alvo team up in the morning.
When our founders began traveling around California to talk about the impediments to realizing the a robust data culture, they used a graphical image that looked like a bull’s-eye. Rebecca, an ardent non-violence advocate, thought calling it a bull’s-eye was too war-like. Russ, a fluent Portuguese speaker having lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, suggested they call it the alvo—Portuguese for bull’s-eye. Everything sounds luscious and peaceful in Portuguese.
For the Alvo Team, Alvo became the name of the thing they dreamed of doing: creating an institute to help educators navigate the waters of emerging technologies in order to dream, design and deliver innovative programs that help student achievement thrive. Today, the alvo symbolizes the data-driven, targeted, and results-oriented methods that The Alvo Institute uses to help educators dream, design, and deliver their instructional nirvana.