Joint Annual Conference ofIASB/IASA/IASBONovember 17, 2012 Online Learning: What School Boards Should Know
Joint Annual Conference of IASB/IASA/IASBOPresenters:Cindy HamblinIllinois Virtual SchoolJeffrey HuntDuPage Regional Office of EducationPhilip LaceyNiles Township High School District 219
Expanding Educational Access and Opportunities for Students •Can you identify students that would benefit from an enrichment or advanced placement course(s) a not currently offered? •Are there students facing scheduling conflicts (e.g course options, time of semesters)? •Do you have students needing to recover credit or earn credit over the summer or in the midst of a semester? •Have you identified students that need a remote education program (off-site)?
Participant QuestionWhat is your interest inonline learning? ● I am curious; I am here to find out more. ● We are discussing online learning in our district. ● We are actively planning an online program. ● We have an online program.
Essential Question How are you preparing your graduates to learn in the post secondary digital environment?
Essential Question How can you address students needs and interests in low enrollment courses/subjects?
Essential QuestionHow do you getyour Board policiesready for digitallearning?
Essential Question How do you prepare your teachers to teachwith digital learning esources?
Essential Question How do you ensure that your students receive quality digital courses?
Creating Urgency After todays session we hope that the larger issues with digitallearning will create a higher level of urgency for this matter in your school district.
Definitions● iNACOL – International Association for K-12 Online Learning● OER – Open Educational Resources (Free or inexpensive course content.)
Online Learning● Students work at the time of their choice.● May work at home or at school● Have contact electronically with teacher and other students. Florida Virtual School● May have pacing charts to evenly divide work.● May have weekly deadlines.
TRENDSImpacting theLandscape of Online and Blended Learning
Numbers: Online Enrollments● 2009, 2 million (est.) online class enrollments in K-12.● 2012, several million estimated or slightly more than 5% of the total K-12 student population● Thirty-one percent (31%) of higher education students took at least one online course in the fall 2010 term. Sloan C group predicts 40% by 2012.● 2011 - online and blended learning opportunities exist for at least some students in all 50 states plus DC. http://www.inacol.org
DIGITAL LEARNING COUNCIL http://digitallearningnow.com/1. Student Eligibility: All students are digital learners.2. Student Access: All students have access to high quality digital content and online courses.3. Personalized Learning: All students can customize their education using digital content through an approved provider.4. Advancement: Students progress based on demonstrated competency.5. Content: Digital content, instructional materials, and online and blended learning courses are high quality.6. Instruction: Digital instruction and teachers are high quality.7. Providers: All students have access to multiple high quality providers.8. Assessment and Accountability: Student learning is the metric for evaluating the quality of content and instruction.9. Funding: Funding creates incentives for performance, options and innovation.10. Delivery: Infrastructure supports digital learning.Each element includes recommended actions for lawmakers and policymakers!
Illinois Policy REMOTE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM (REP)● Public Act 96-0684 (HB 2448, 8/25/09) and modified PA 97-0339 (HB 3223, 8/12/11): Authorizes school districts to create and offer “remote educational programs” tailored to individual student needs and claim GSA for those programs. 105 ILCS 10-29.● Prior law: GSA could only be claimed for virtual programs offered in a classroom or other traditional school setting.● Broad district discretion, provided the program and plan meet legislative criteria.
Two Key Elements for Establishing REP1. Adopted School Board Policy: 2. Student Remote Educational Plan: ○ Criteria for participation ○ Specific achievement goals ○ Limits on numbers of students ○ Assessments or grade levels ○ Progress reports ○ Approval process for ○ Teacher/student interaction participation ○ Designation of supervising adult ○ Process to develop student ○ Other family responsibilities plans ○ Consistency with IEP ○ System for calculating clock ○ Participating in district programs hours of attendance ○ Responsible district administrator ○ Process for renewal ○ Term ○ Specific location or locations for delivery
REP: Other Requirements● Students remain enrolled in a school district attendance center, and are tested and included for all State/federal accountability determinations.● Certified/Highly Qualified Teachers responsible for critical instructional activities.● GSA claimable for any days up to limit of student’s GSA.● ISBE rules require documentation of active participation to claim GSA.● District policy and data must be submitted to ISBE.
Illinois Virtual School (IVS) - The state’s 5-12 supplemental online program● Contract awarded to the Peoria County Regional Office of Education in 2009 ● In 2009, ISBE awarded a 7 year contract to the ROE to manage and operation its virtual school program.● IVS is a Supplemental Program ● Supplemental online programs provide a small number of courses to students who are enrolled in a school separate from the online program. Illinois Virtual School
Illinois Virtual School (IVS) Mission● IVS 5-12 ● Enhancing Educational Opportunities for Students through Online Courses. IVS Courses are Offered in Partnership with the Local School.● IVS-PD ● Delivering Online Professional Development Opportunities to Illinois Educators. ISBEs Virtual School Program for Illinois
IVS Partners with Public & Private Schools● Online, instructor-facilitated courses ○ 126 semester courses ○ 23 Advanced Placement semester courses ○ Experienced, IL Certified, Highly Qualified Instructors ○ 58 current part-time instructors ○ Completed online pre-service program● Course content and instruction is delivered through the IVS learning management system. ○ Students work at their own pace. ○ Majority of the instruction is asynchronous ○ Synchronous web-conferencing tools available in every course. IVS (5-12) Program
● Flexible Enrollment Dates. Each term has 17 weeks of instruction.● Courses are approved by NCAA and College Board ○ Ceeb Code: 140188● IVS Student Information System (SIS) ○ Monitor student progress. ○ SIS is available to students, parents, and school personnel ○ Completion certificate provides recommended grade and percentages● Cost is $250 per semester course. NOTE: District decides if the school or parent pays for the course. IVS (5-12) Program
OER ContentNROC● http://www.hippocampus.org/CK12● http://www.ck12.org/Concord Consortium● http://www.concord.orgMoodleShare● http://moodleshare.orgOER Evaluation Tools● www.oercommons.orgCurated List of Resources: http://goo.gl/xh5fP
Professional Development Establishing an Effective Professional Development Program image source
Common Myths / Misconceptions● Virtual schools and regular school counselors can handle the few participating students without leadership support.● Any regular classroom teacher is already qualified to teach online.● Any highly qualified face-to-face classroom teacher is ready to teach a quality online course that has previously been prepared or purchased. Some say those who teach a section that is already online don’t really teach at all! http://www.inacol.org/research/docs/NACOL_PDforVSandOlnLrng.pdf
Common Myths / Misconceptions● Virtual schooling will fit with regular school routines and practices. The technology coordinator and counselor will provide any professional development necessary.● Newly qualified teachers who learn about virtual schooling in their preservice programs will be ready to teach online when they graduate. http://www.inacol.org/research/docs/NACOL_PDforVSandOlnLrng.pdf
Purpose StatementDistrict 219 has instituted Board Goal #3: Anywhere,Anytime Learning. As students receive devices andparticipate in a re-written curriculum (BOE Goal 2Ensuring a guaranteed and rigorous curriculum andcommon final exam) teachers need to be able toeffectively leverage the educational potential thesedevices offer students. Tech 1 exposes teachers to awide variety of common resources (web 2.0,collaborative, FOSS) which will help them effectivelyselect and develop educational experiences for theirstudents.
Wisconsin Illinois ● 30 hours of PD for e- ● Current IL Certification learning/online classroom ● Highly Qualified in instruction. Content Area ● Course content based on the iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Teaching http://dpi.wi.gov/imt/onlinevir.html image source
PD ConsiderationsNeed Cabinet/BOE level supportRequired or optional trainingTimeline for completionContentCredit / remuneration options image source: http://farm1.static.flickr. com/64/191668056_20bbc7e89e_o.jpg
Programmatic DevelopmentWhat is the purpose / reason for your PD program?Do current offerings support your online learninginitiative?Who will receive PD?In what setting will participants receive instruction?Where will your curriculum come from?How will you define success from your PD program?
PD ResourcesiNACOL: National Standards for Quality Online Courses ● http://www.inacol.org/research/nationalstandards/ISTE: NETS ● http://www.iste.org/standards.aspxiNACOL: PD for Virtual Schooling and Online Learning● http://www.inacol.org/docs/NACOL_PDforVSandOlnLrng.pdfD219 Anywhere, Anytime Resources● http://url.d219.org/aal
WHO CAN BE SUCCESSFUL?●Achievement and Self-Esteem● BeliefsResponsibility/Risk Taking● Technology Skills and Access● Organization and Self-RegulationRoblyer, M.D. and Marshall, J. (2002). Predictionsuccess of virtual high school students: Preliminaryresults from an educational success predictioninstrument.
COURSE TARGET AUDIENCES Excellent Students, “A”, “B” Average Students, “C” Struggling Students Credit Recovery
Digital Teaching and LearningOrganizational Belief How does online learning address organizational issues, not just online learning issues?
Digital Teaching and Learning Organizational Belief● Role of Leaders ○ Online Learning ○ Technology ○ Curriculum and Instruction ○ Finance and Operations ○ Senior level
Digital Teaching and Learning Organizational Belief Endorsing is not Leading….
Teacher-related PoliciesContracts & licensure ●Charter, District-led ●Core vs. electivesSpecial licensure ordevelopment Teacher evaluation ●ESS, Career/Tech Ed (CTE) ● State/district process ●Charter- ensuring link to student dataTeacher-student contact time ●Remote, live sessions, F2F, blend? Teacher Union ●MOU’s?, ●Support for online ed teachers?
INACOL DEMOGRAPHICS STUDY www.glickconsulting.com
INACOL DEMOGRAPHICS STUDY www.glickconsulting.com
Where do I start?www.ilvirtual.orgTodays presentation: ● Administrator Academy Course.Todays handout: ● Regional effort to helphttp://tinyurl.com/2012Handout schools with digital learning opportunities.