Delivering Online Credit Recovery: Featuring St. Tammany Parish Public Schools

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Often called the "silent epidemic" in our nation's high schools, high dropout rates put individual students' futures at risk and pose enormous challenges to our nation's economic and social well being. Online credit recovery is an option that is rapidly gaining acceptance thanks to its unique ability to help address the dropout crisis.

With innovative delivery options that include before/after school models, weekend programs, and offerings during the school day, online credit recovery is delivering important benefits to students and schools alike including efficiency, flexibility, and cost effectiveness.

St. Tammany Parish Public Schools (LA) describes how they are using online credit recovery, delivered through a virtual school, to engage students with personalized learning opportunities and maximize district resources in order to increase graduation rates.

Also explored is how the Blackboard Learn(TM) platform provides the foundation for a district-based online credit recovery program.

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Delivering Online Credit Recovery: Featuring St. Tammany Parish Public Schools

  1. 1. Tuesday September 1, 2009 Dr. Regina Sanford , Secondary Supervisor of Instruction, St. Tammany Parish Schools Rachael Blanchard , Instructional Technology Curriculum Specialist, St. Tammany Parish Schools Stacey Alexius, Secondary Curriculum Specialist, St. Tammany Parish Schools Mike Petersen , Manager, K-12 Solutions Engineers, Blackboard Delivering Online Credit Recovery: Featuring St. Tammany Parish Public Schools
  2. 2. 20 million users 9 global offices across 4 continents Born from education in 1997 1,000+ of us, working with 5,200+ of you Extended by 2,500 developers and partners +
  3. 3. <ul><li>Close the gap between the way students live and the way they learn </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver a 21st Century educational experience that is engaging, individualized and effective </li></ul>Our Vision:
  4. 4. <ul><li>An open, web-based teaching and learning platform for engaging and assessing learners in and beyond the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>3,000+ clients, 15+ million estimated active users, at all levels of learning </li></ul><ul><li>Local or hosted deployment </li></ul>Engaging and assessing learners at all levels
  5. 5. Client Community
  6. 6. ST. TAMMANY PARISH PUBLIC SCHOOLS <ul><li>Blackboard Client Spotlight </li></ul>
  7. 7. Virtual Learning St. Tammany Parish Schools Louisiana
  8. 8. St. Tammany Parish Schools <ul><li>Dr. Regina Sanford </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary Supervisor of Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Rachael Blanchard </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional Technology Curriculum Specialist </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Stacey Alexius </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary Curriculum Specialist </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  9. 9. St. Tammany Parish Schools <ul><li>35,602 students PK – 12 </li></ul><ul><li>84% of Student in Public Schools </li></ul><ul><li>54 Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Suburb of New Orleans </li></ul><ul><li>41% Free and Reduced Rate </li></ul><ul><li>St. Tammany Parish (county) has ranked as one of the fastest growing counties in the United States during the past decade. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Online Learning is STPSB <ul><li>Issues faced by our district regarding Credit Recovery </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Curriculum Alignment </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Expense </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Training on variety of applications </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple Vendors </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>State Policy </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. 21 st Century Skills <ul><li>Information and technology skills </li></ul><ul><li>Communication and collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Critical thinking and problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>https://blackboard.stpsb.org/ </li></ul>
  12. 12. Development <ul><li>Initial pilot of 10 elective new credit Courses </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Selection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Certification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aptitude </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Recommendation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online course facilitation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online course development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Participant Criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Junior/Senior classification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High performing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evaluation: </li></ul><ul><li>Student Feedback Surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Parent Response </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Pass / Fail Rates </li></ul>
  13. 13. Virtual Learning
  14. 14. Carnegie Credit Courses
  15. 15. <ul><li>Summer School 2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>350 students per semester </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 semesters – June/July </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fall 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Addition of ½ time facilitator at each school </li></ul><ul><li>Continuing to add courses as needs arise </li></ul><ul><li>Pilot Spanish II (3 rd party vendor) </li></ul><ul><li>Remedial Test Preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Curriculum </li></ul>Present
  16. 16. Digital Curriculum <ul><li>Redesign and expansion of the Guaranteed Curriculum and the Louisiana Comprehensive Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Digital learning environment is an extension of the regular classroom </li></ul><ul><li>$100,000 8g grant will fully fund a 1-to-1 laptop initiative for students taking the digital courses at Lakeshore High School </li></ul>
  17. 17. Digital Curriculum: Course
  18. 18. Digital Curriculum: Unit
  19. 19. Digital Curriculum: Lesson
  20. 20. Digital Curriculum: Activity
  21. 21. Lessons Learned <ul><li>Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships are as important as content </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a review process for Course refinement </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to integrate technological components into existing courses </li></ul><ul><li>Quality over quantity…avoid busy work </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to develop lines of communication with parents and the community for online learning </li></ul>
  22. 22. Challenge: Increase Graduation Rates By offering credit recovery courses delivered both in online and in offline formats Blackboard Solution: Anytime, Anywhere Student Engagement Rather than selecting one model for credit recovery, the district chose to offer multiple models in order to address as many students’ needs as possible. “ While the program is still new, I know that it has helped. This is the only thing we are offering in our district as an alternative education offering. I definitely feel that we will make a difference in graduation rates.” - Rose Valderaz, Director, Virtual High School Ector County Independent School District Blackboard Case Study <ul><li>26,000 students </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual high school </li></ul><ul><li>Texas </li></ul>
  23. 23. Challenge: Diverse Learning Needs Offering enriched curriculum for all learners. Blackboard Solution: Anytime, Anywhere Student Engagement “ Students today are very tech-savvy and comfortable with technology and the flexibility of online instruction. Whether they are fine arts or magnet students, athletes, or those enrolled for credit recovery , they enjoy the individual choices they make in regards to when, where, and how long they participate in their virtual course.” - Becky Nunnally, Supervisor, eHigh School Cobb County School District Blackboard Case Study <ul><li>Suburban county </li></ul><ul><li>100,000+ students </li></ul><ul><li>8,800+ staff </li></ul><ul><li>113 schools and educational centers </li></ul><ul><li>Georgia </li></ul>
  24. 24. Blackboard Learn <ul><li>Common Challenges : </li></ul><ul><li>Raising graduation rates </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping students engaged in their learning </li></ul><ul><li>Providing varied means for students to recover lost credits </li></ul><ul><li>Operating within limited and declining budget </li></ul><ul><li>Solution : </li></ul>Blackboard Learn provides the foundation for a district-based online credit recovery program that engages students with personalized learning opportunities and maximizes district resources in order to increase graduation rates. 
  25. 25. Quick Start Solutions: Credit Recovery Challenge: “ Developing online credit recovery courses takes time and resources but I need to make the courses available right away.” --Director of Instructional Technology <ul><li>Solution: </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard Quick Start Solutions will help you get started quickly and achieve early success </li></ul><ul><li>Enroll up to 50 students in Florida Virtual School credit recovery courses </li></ul>
  26. 26. Quick Start Solutions: Credit Recovery Challenge: “ I don’t know how to start an online credit recovery program at my district. Who can I turn to?” - Director of Instructional Technology <ul><li>Solution: </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in the Florida Virtual Leadership Course (1 seat) </li></ul><ul><li>Become certified to teach and learn online with 1 seat in 3 Blackboard Training Courses: Teaching and Learning Online Certification Series (Building Courses, Enhancing Communication, Assessing Learners) </li></ul>
  27. 27. www.k12perspectives.com Strong credit recovery programs help to knock out excuses for students not to succeed. Ms. Rose Valderaz Director, Virtual High School Ector County, Texas
  28. 28. Thank you! Questions? <ul><li>Dr. Regina Sanford , Secondary Supervisor of Instruction, [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Rachael Blanchard , Instructional Technology Curriculum Specialist, [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Stacey Alexius, Secondary Curriculum Specialist, </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>St. Tammany Parish Schools: http://www.stpsb.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>www.blackboard.com/k12/learn </li></ul><ul><li>(800) 424-9299 ext. 2427 </li></ul>

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