What School Boards Should Know About Online Learning
Joint Annual Conference of IASB/IASA/IASBO November 19, 2011
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Joint Annual Conference of IASB/IASA/IASBO Presenters: Cindy Hamblin Illinois Virtual School Jeffrey Hunt DuPage Regional Office of Education Philip Lacey Niles Township High School District 219 Kathy Tracey-Olesen Center for the Application of Information Technologies
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.
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.
DIGITAL LEARNING COUNCIL 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! http://digitallearningnow.com/
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!
District 219 has instituted Board Goal #3: Anywhere, Anytime Learning. As students receive devices and participate in a re-written curriculum (BOE Goal 2 E nsuring a guaranteed and rigorous curriculum and common final exam ) teachers need to be able to effectively leverage the educational potential these devices offer students. Tech 1 exposes teachers to a wide variety of common resources (web 2.0, collaborative, FOSS) which will help them effectively select and develop educational experiences for their students.