WHY IT WORKS?

Going beyond traditional standards.


Shifting Paradigms

There are many theories on how to improve Education outcomes: increase in-school hours, increase teachers’ compensation, introduce technology, and so on. Superficially, these ideas all carry merit, but most only involve investing in old concepts. Unless we change the essence of the learning practice, Education will not improve. For the last four decades, academics have researched and concluded that one-on-one is the best educational approach. The education system must adapt to students and enable them to work within their own unique learning pace.

Through continuous professional development for the education community of both public and private schools, Learning One to One introduces Fontan Relational Education (FRE), a personalized learning methodology that fosters learning autonomy. Autonomous learning is the individual’s capacity to learn and apply it to their lives. Students become autonomous, 21st Century, life-long learners.

With FRE, each student is assessed on their knowledge, interests and abilities and given a personalized learning plan based on that assessment, allowing them to work according to their own unique learning pace. The personalized plan and autonomous learning system engage students, who find meaning in their education.


Personalized Learning

With FRE, each student is assessed on their knowledge, interests and abilities and given a personalized learning plan based on that assessment, allowing them to work according to their own unique learning pace. The personalized plan and autonomous learning system engage students, who find meaning in their education.

Students’ Personalized Learning Plan incorporates full curriculum requirements. Students are empowered to plan their daily, weekly, and monthly goals, which fosters self-esteem and autonomy. By working on these goals, they learn to develop strategies to reach them, to enhance and augment their strengths, and to improve weaknesses.

A personalized experience that fosters Learning Autonomy increases the success rate because it focuses on developing the potential of each student and creates a path for a life-long learning experience. It reflects what the word “education” really means from Latin: “to bring forth from within.” Students practice every day, for 12 years, to achieve excellence in everything, to never leave gaps and always find meaning in their work. This will be reflected in their adult lives making them better professionals, better family members, and better citizens. The quality of their lives is directly linked to their relationship with the world.




FRE PRINCIPLES


The Journey


FRE is a personalized pedagogy model proven to improve student academic performance and quality of life. It was created in 1957 by two Spanish psychologists Ventura Fontan and his wife Emilia Garcia. They founded the “Centro Psicotécnico” (Psycho-technical Center) in Medellin, Colombia. The center was dedicated to educational investigation, development and experimentation with new learning methodologies and tools.


In 1985, as a result of their research and implementation of new methodologies, they started the Fontan School of Medellin, which was approved by the Colombian National Ministry of Education as the first education innovation in Colombia. FRE has been continuously perfected through pedagogy research and development, and proves that education can be transformed.


Students have different interests, abilities and learning paces. In the traditional education model, these students are required to be in the same classroom. Negative results are related mostly to the lack of interest in learning, limiting all the dormant potential students have. FRE has been successfully implemented for more than six decades.

  • 2011Learning One to One Foundation

    Learning One to One was created to share the FRE system throughout the World. In this same year, our pedagogy model was also awarded the Top Three Most Innovative Schools worldwide, by Microsoft Corporation’s Partners in Learning Program.
  • 2010Recognition in Europe

    Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education, Maturity Level 5 (Highest).
  • 2009Fontan School

    Became a Microsoft Mentor School.
  • 1999Outstanding Results

    Orden a la Democracia en Grado de Comendador (Democracy Order in the Degree of Commander) from the Colombian House of Representatives. This award was given for the outstanding results achieved in its application in the traditional formal education system and environments of adverse poverty and violence (neighborhoods with sicario [paid assassin] gangs or urban guerrilla).
  • 1994National Recognition

    Recommended by the Colombian Science, Education and Development Mission for the Future of Colombia.
  • 1985 The Beggining

    First Education Innovation Initiative approved in Colombia.
  • 1957 The Fontan System

    FRE was first conceptualized as “Fontan System” by two Spaniard psychologists.