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Local Critical Issue Version 2
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Local Critical Issue Version 2
Local Critical Issue Version 2
Local Critical Issue Version 2
Local Critical Issue Version 2
Local Critical Issue Version 2
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Local Critical Issue Version 2
Local Critical Issue Version 2
Local Critical Issue Version 2
Local Critical Issue Version 2
Local Critical Issue Version 2
Local Critical Issue Version 2
Local Critical Issue Version 2
Local Critical Issue Version 2
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Local Critical Issue Version 2
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  • 1. Local Critical Issue: Adding E-learning Demographic Research Summary Audience Identification Tim E. Hasse B.A. English B.S. Education
  • 2. What Are the Issues? <ul><li>Northland Community Schools do not use digital strategies to enhance classes offered. </li></ul><ul><li>Open source learning management systems like Moodle could be used to combine face to face classes with 24/7 access to course materials. </li></ul><ul><li>Combining F2F instruction with creative uses of digital strategies could have positive impact for students. </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher training could be accomplished success-fully by current staff using open educational resources. </li></ul>
  • 3. Who Is My Audience? <ul><li>There are several critical audiences that would be affected by this proposal in my district </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parents of students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrative personnel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School board members </li></ul></ul>
  • 4. Declining Enrollment Data <ul><li>In the past our graduating class sizes were about 50-60 students </li></ul><ul><li>These numbers have decreased and are getting smaller </li></ul><ul><li>(Worner, 2003). </li></ul>450 07-08 # Year 559 02-03 530 03-04 438 08-09 466 06-07 491 05-06 519 04-05
  • 5. SES Statistics for ISD 118’s Five Communities Types of Workers Average Wage/ Job: $23,132 (City-data.com)
  • 6. General Welfare Statistics in Cass County, MN <ul><li>Persons Served Payments </li></ul><ul><li>12/07 12/08 12/07 12/08 </li></ul><ul><li>Diversionary Work Program 117 121 13,937 13,036 </li></ul><ul><li>MN Family Investment Pm 979 945 242,572 237,144 </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency Assistance 8 4 1,817 300 </li></ul><ul><li>Food Support (FS) 1976 2262 199,663 237,764 </li></ul><ul><li>MN Supplemental Aid (MSA) 105 120 8,470 9,938 </li></ul><ul><li>General Assistance (GA) 114 115 19,666 19,926 </li></ul><ul><li>Group Residential Housing 100 105 36,193 40,345 </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency GA 0 2 0 452 </li></ul>(2008 Cass County Annual Report)
  • 7. Religious and Ethnic Demographics (ZipSkinny.com demographic information for 56672)
  • 8. Political Data from 2008 Election www.uselectionatlas.com 0.25% 41 Constitution Darrell L. Castle Charles O. Baldwin 1.33% 217 Independent Matt Gonzalez Ralph Nader 44.62% 7,276 Democratic-F.L. Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Barack H. Obama 53.11% 8,660 Republican Sarah Palin John S. McCain, III Popular Vote Political Party Vice Presidential Candidate Presidential Candidate  
  • 9. Average Voter ISD 118 Data <ul><li>Average voter in our district is between the ages 50-55. </li></ul><ul><li>Second largest group is between 30-35 and has children in school </li></ul><ul><li>There are a huge number of absentee ballots cast in our school district </li></ul><ul><ul><li>452 of 1,237 ballots cast in last failed referendum vote were absentee ballots—1/3 of the vote! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Under 25 vote is low (consistent w/ nat. trends) </li></ul><ul><li>Native American vote is also low (same comment) </li></ul><ul><li>(Operating Referendum Data, 2007) </li></ul>
  • 10. Marital Statistics for Cass County <ul><li>75 % divorce rate for men over 35 (city-data.com) </li></ul><ul><li>80% divorce rate for women over 30 </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of single parent homes in our district </li></ul>
  • 11. Teacher Statistics for ISD118 <ul><li>Teacher to pupil ratio is approximately 11 to 1 </li></ul><ul><li>65% of teachers have more than 10 years exp. </li></ul><ul><li>100% of teachers considered highly qualified </li></ul><ul><li>15% of teachers have a Master’s degree </li></ul><ul><li>2% of our teachers have Moodle training </li></ul><ul><li>2 of 48 teachers are actively using E-learning </li></ul><ul><li>(Northland Community Schools Report Cards, 2008) </li></ul>
  • 12. Teacher Statistics for ISD 118 <ul><li>1 high school principal </li></ul><ul><li>1 elementary principal for two campuses </li></ul><ul><li>1 superintendent </li></ul><ul><li>O media specialists; 2 clerical paras </li></ul><ul><li>14 paraprofessionals (all highly qualified) </li></ul><ul><li>Average Ages: teachers (37), administrators (51), secretaries (53) </li></ul><ul><li>Average teacher salary is $51,000. </li></ul><ul><li>(Northland Community Schools Report Card, 2008) </li></ul>
  • 13. <ul><li>2008/2009 Northland Community Schools Board of Education: </li></ul><ul><li>Chairperson: Clinton Lilyquist </li></ul><ul><li>Vice chairperson: Dave Kitchenhoff Treasurer: Ione Boor Clerk: Terry Gross </li></ul><ul><li>Bill Hansen </li></ul><ul><li>John Welk </li></ul>
  • 14. Education Statistics for ISD118 <ul><li>25% Native American student population. </li></ul><ul><li>30% of students in special education. </li></ul><ul><li>16% of students take meds during school . </li></ul><ul><li>60% of students are on free/reduced lunch </li></ul><ul><li>25 of 234 students 7-12 are taking 32 online courses via Infinity. </li></ul><ul><li>Two students are completely online ed. </li></ul><ul><li>District receives $100,000 in sparsity aid because of declining enrollments. </li></ul><ul><li>(Northland Community Schools 2008-2009 SAC Report) </li></ul>
  • 15. District E-learning Challenges <ul><li>Economic shortfall in school district (estimated $750,000 by end of this school year) </li></ul><ul><li>Depressed area economically (Cass County) </li></ul><ul><li>Class sizes are shrinking as local population gets older and produces fewer children. </li></ul><ul><li>Many property owners live elsewhere in MN </li></ul><ul><li>½ million dollar operating expenses of a school that serves 61 students (Longville Elementary) </li></ul><ul><li>Native American population is, in a statistical sense, likely to lower NCLB data (attendance) </li></ul>
  • 16. District E-learning Challenges <ul><li>Highly transient student population (group home in the district) lowers funds available at ISD 118 and NCLB test data. </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of CYPRES money (technology grants) lowers funds available for technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Staff is totally under prepared to incorporate digital curriculum into their classes. </li></ul><ul><li>Political and economic climate of the area may make transition to web-enhancement of all courses difficult. </li></ul>
  • 17. Digital Curriculum Strategies <ul><li>Open sources like Moodle could help save funds as we remove ourselves from the Infinity program and start placing our own classes online. The move to digital enhancement should help students with understanding of course content. </li></ul><ul><li>OER funding strategies would work well here to provide cutting edge curriculum without burdening taxpayers. There are many funding models available with OER’s too including a tech. referendum sold as educationally innovative. </li></ul><ul><li>As class sizes shrink then reduction in force changes are sure to follow. Fewer teachers means fewer elective courses. By creating digital courses students could take electives that may otherwise not be available as the teacher, classes available and student pool shrinks. </li></ul>
  • 18. Digital Curriculum Strategies <ul><li>ISD 118 has great technology resources (in hardware and software not implementation or use) for a small district. If Longville Elementary was closed, its resources could be used at Northland High and Remer Elementary. This may ease financial tax burden of those who don’t support initiatives in this district. </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher training for incorporation of digital learning may provide career benefits for teachers being reduced because of economic and student population concerns. Teachers would also be able/may be able to “own” their classes. Being allowed ownership may also result in higher quality courses being created in a competitive atmosphere. </li></ul><ul><li>There are many reasons Native American students affect our attendance scores with NCLB—some cultural, some environmental, and some distance. Digital learning may increase attendance by making class materials available 24-7. If a student’s progress and time can be tracked digitally it may provide better evidence than in school data. </li></ul>
  • 19. Digital Curriculum Strategies <ul><li>Our school district has Little Sand Group Home in it and these students often do not begin their school years here. This often creates a shortfall in funds. We offer an alternative school and it would be nice if they were able to access online learning courses. Having these students take these courses as well as offering out in house courses to other districts would increase educational funding for ISD 118. </li></ul><ul><li>Cypres money was money granted to schools for software and hardware by Microsoft. That well of cash has now expired. My research into open education resources has revealed sources of free or cheap hardware and software that are available for educational use. </li></ul>
  • 20. Digital Curriculum Strategies <ul><li>Making the change to a four day week and requiring digital enhancement of all classes or offering digital electives that we cannot currently offer would address both the rising cost of transportation and an incorrect idea about rigorous education. Students would have the ability to stay home but remain current with their classes. </li></ul><ul><li>Of the current challenges that have been addressed here by digital strategies the biggest challenge to overcome may be selling the idea to staff and preparing staff for the change. We have at least 6 teachers who could train the technical aspects of using Moodle. We have at least three teachers who would have Master’s Degrees in curriculum development, curriculum and technology, reading specialist, or who would have online teaching certification. The training of staff could be done by these people over the summer and during the school year. </li></ul>
  • 21. References <ul><li>2008 annual report cass county health, human and vetran’s services. Retireved Sept. 23, 2009 from http://www.co.cass.mn.us/hhvs/pdfs/HHVS_2008AnnualReport.pdf . </li></ul><ul><li>Cass county, MN detailed profile. Retrieved Sept. 23, 2009 from http://www.city-data.com/county/Cass_County-MN.html . </li></ul><ul><li>Longville secondary 2009 report card. Retrieved Sept. 23, 2009 from http://education.state.mn.us/ReportCard/2009/RCF011801010.pdf . </li></ul><ul><li>Northland community schools 2008-2009 annual report on curriculum, instruction, and student achievement. Retrieved Sept. 23, 2009 from </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.isd118.k12.mn.us/sacreport0809.pdf . </li></ul><ul><li>Northland secondary 2009 report card. Retrieved Sept. 23, 2009 from http://education.state.mn.us/ReportCard/2009/RCF011801020.pdf . </li></ul><ul><li>Operating Referendum Data, (Nov. 2007). Northland Community Schools ISD 118. </li></ul><ul><li>Remer elementary 2009 report card. Retrieved Sept. 23, 2009 from http://education.state.mn.us/ReportCard/2009/RCF011801030.pdf . </li></ul><ul><li>Worner, R. (2003) Northland community schools district facility study. Roger Worner Associates, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Zipskinny demographic information for 56672. Retrieved Sept. 23, 2003 from http://zipskinny.com/index.php?zip=56672 . </li></ul>

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