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  • Welcome everyone
  • South Dakota Virtual School – you have put together an incredible product, one that should make council members along with every educator, parent, & student, proud. And legislators and taxpayers should be pleased with the amount of $’s spent  If council members haven’t been to the site lately, I encourage you to. Over the summer months we’ve added a new provider, several new courses and worked to create a consistent communication for schools and providers alike. Briefly take you through some of the things that are on the site, and at the end leave you with some items to consider; we have time set aside after providers presentations, but what you to be thinking of them as the providers go thru their presentations.
  • We have 9 providers; Not anticipating adding any additional providers other than South Dakota Universities. Purposely keeping the numbers low, so providers have better usage of their products Also, better communication between DOE / Provider / Schools etc.
  • Content areas: These were all in place b/4 my coming on board
  • Note “Semester” wording. First thing I did after coming on board was meeting with as many providers either virtually, in person or via phone. One of the first things that came up was classes were listed as a “whole” year, or both semesters together. Looking at that we decided to divide the courses up into semesters. The goal was for the student who only needed the 2 nd half of US History, or maybe the 9 th grader who failed English, but didn’t “fail” the whole year, rather needed the vocab semester.
  • This repeat – but want thought I’d touch on the rubric; something every provider completes for each class they want placed on SDVS Things want to see if first alignment with content standards, but also for lack of better term the “engage-ability” of the course for the learner. Does the course not only keep my attention, does it offer/provide opportunities for expanded learning or “virtual teachable moments”. Things such as quick links to various topics, videos, audios. Other items looked at are the assignments, are they on-line, can they take the quiz on-line and see immediate results? Keeping the students engaged is vital for our success. Students are living in an immediate world, they want to see it faster, quicker and with more bells and whistles, it might not be right, but that’s the way the world is. If a student isn’t successful sitting in a desk listening to a teacher talk, they aren’t going to be successful just reading aIf we’re going to be successful we have to keep up with their learning styles, One thing we want to promote is active interaction for the students. *Special thank you to the creator of this tool! Wow, no one should doubt that the courses have not been thoroughly reviewed!! Very time consuming – right Joe!
  • When a course is submitted 25 different areas that we look at: Course aligned with content standards Compentencies measurable, achievable, Also, is the course, engaging, meaning does it keep my attention, Does the course not only keep my attention, does it offer/provide opportunities for expanded learning or “virtual teachable moments”. Things such as quick links to various topics, videos, audios. Other items looked at are the assignments, how do student submit them, do they have instant feed-back. ie can they take the quiz on-line and see immediate results? Keeping the students engaged is vital for our success. Students are living in an immediate world, they want to see it faster, quicker and with more bells and whistles. If a student isn’t successful sitting in a desk listening to a teacher talk, they aren’t going to be successful just reading an assignment, without some interaction. Rubrics rated on 1- 100, The scoring is based on a scale of 0 -4. The scoring is 0 - none, 1 – beginning, 2 – developing, 3 – accomplished, and 4 – exemplary. Total points possible = 100 points Must achieve at least 85% = 85 points total Areas with 0 &1’s must be resubmitted for re-approval
  • What do all these classes compute to……graduation requirements. As you can see we are very close to a complete curriculum to meet High School Graduation requirements. With the exception of 9 th grade English, which is very close and the speech component for 10 th grade we would have the Standard and Advanced Graduation Requirements
  • SDVS has so much to offer, outside the Required high school curriculum. Thanks to DIAL several Career and Technology courses; Advance Placement or AP courses, credit recovery courses or skill building courses and some middle/jr. high age courses.
  • These are all awaiting approval or in development stages
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  • As you can see we are close to a complete high school curriculum. Consider, where do we go from here? Looking ahead to the July,2009 date when all schools have to utilize SDVS or apply for a waiver, should there be courses out of the norm? One thing I took into consideration when I first started, was this is going to be mandatory and as a mother, parent, past director, and kid myself, anytime someone says “mandatory” that little voice comes on. We’ve all heard it……… My thinking then is to take on the role of selling a product. Something everyone is anxious to look at and maybe not buy, but see what it’s like and think it’s a pretty good option if I needed it. Over the next 10 months, I’d like to take this tool and make it that product, so when school starts next fall, educators, school board members, students, parents and even communities are better informed, and look at to us a solution not an added problem.

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  • 1. South Dakota Virtual School Advisory / Provider Meeting September 8, 2008
  • 2.  
  • 3. 9 Approved Providers
    • Apex
    • Black Hills State University
    • Dakota State University
    • DIAL
    • eLearning Center / NSU
    • Learning Power / eLearning Center
    • North Dakota Center for Distance Education
    • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Independent Study High School
  • 4. SDVS Course Content Areas
    • Career & Technical Education
    • Fine Arts
    • Health & Science
    • Language Arts
    • Mathematics
    • Political & Social Sciences
    • Science
    • World Language
  • 5. Courses Available
    • 180 Semester Courses Currently Available
    • Career & Technical Education….31 Semester Courses
    • Fine Arts………………………….. 6 Semester Courses
    • Health & Education……………… 5 Semester Courses
    • Language Arts…………………... 20 Semester Courses
    • Mathematics………………………34 Semester Courses
    • Political & Social Sciences…….. 22 Semester Courses
    • Science……………………………30 Semester Courses
    • World Language………………… 32 Semester Courses
  • 6.  
  • 7.  
  • 8. Graduation Requirements
    • English…………………………..…….… 2.5 of 4 Required Units Available
    • **Missing 9 th Grade & Speech
    • Social Studies………………….……………….. 3 Required Units Available
    • Mathematics……………. 3 Required + 1 Higher Level Elective Available
    • Science…………………………..……. 4 Required Units +3 Lab Available
    • Fine Arts………………………………………… 1 Required Unit Available
  • 9. Requirements cont.
    • Health or Physical Education…….....………….. .5 Required Unit Available
    • Economics or Personal Finance………………. .5 Required Unit Available
    • World Language…………………………..……..2 Required Units Available
    • (2 yrs same language French & Spanish)
    • Computer Studies…………………………….… .5 Required Unit Available
    • Electives……………………………… 2.5 Units Required Several Available
  • 10. Additional Offerings
    • 20 Advance Placement Courses
    • 8 Skill Building and/or Credit Recovery Courses
    • 5 Middle School/Junior High Courses
    • (some of the Skill Building applicable here)
    • 31 CT Semester Courses
  • 11. Courses In Development
    • Photography
    • Stats
    • Sociology
    • Accounting
    • Economics
    • 9 th Grade English
  • 12. Courses Seeking
    • Speech (meet graduation requirement)
    • Anatomy
    • Civics
    • Foreign Language - Other
    • Credit Recovery
    • Additional MS/JH
    • Dual Credit
    • Others per requested by school districts
  • 13. SDVS Going Forward
    • Things to consider:
    • What do “Customers” want?
      • More courses outside the “box”
      • Prep-courses ie. ACT prep,
      • Dual Credit Courses
      • More training - Better understanding of how it works
      • Communication, Communication, Communication
  • 14. Questions?