Kathryn and Katie introduce ourselves then move it to Rob
Kathryn--54 responses; 11 states representedVaried backgrounds of experience; lots of issues we’ll discuss later!
Katie—share her sort and highlights from the survey
Kathryn: Put these on a recurrence in your Outlook calendar
Katie: Teasing out best practices in different programs; ideas of what this means to you?
Kathryn: We need your participation; professional sharing venue; two people a timeShare our contact information as co chairs on next slide. Want to volunteer? Otherwise we’ll invite you
Contact us for questions
Reference survey; is this focus good for everyone? Realize difficulty of addressing everything. Networking power….
I tired to point out that we have lots of struggles, but we have people from our own group who have strengths that may help others w/ their struggles.
Katie—insights, 4 minute discussion? I split it into 2 points, just for clarity…
Katie and Kathryn: We are all busy, have different commitments, but make this one! If called on to present, please bring useful ideas, resources. In each meeting we all need to participate. Attending builds community and increases the shared resources in each meeting.
iNacol Western Committee
Welcome to the WestonCommittee Meeting foriNACOL, Nov. 7, 2011 Kathryn Knox, Colorado Virtual Academy Katie Swistowicz, Wyoming e-academy Co-chairs Rob Darrow, President , Online Learning Visions.com
What do these numbers mean?54 A. Number of responses received B. Number of issues identified in survey C. Number of programs identified11 A. Number of individual schools B. Number of states represented C. Number of topics as top concerns
Meeting Dates 2011-2012—take amoment and put them on your calendar 1st Monday of the month, except January Date Time November 7th 12 noon MST (2 ET) December 5th 12 noon MST (2 ET) January 9th 12 noon MST (2 ET) ~second Monday February 13th 12 noon MST (2 ET) March 12th 12 noon MST (2 ET) April 9th 12 noon MST (2 ET) May 14th 12 noon MST (2 ET)
Top responses > 40% ResponseAnswer Options Response Percent Count 42 77.8%Sharing best practices 64.8% 35Blended Learning Models (district, charter or school) 33 61.1%Online pedagogy 33 61.1%Course development 25 46.3%Learning management systems 25 46.3%Virtual school management 42.6% 23Data-driven decision making in online environment 22 40.7%Common Core Standards
Topics—invitations coming your way soonto participate!December: Best practices in full time virtual programs withdiscussion: identifying what makes a difference for success 2 participantsJanuary: Best practices in part time/supplemental programs withdiscussion: identifying what makes a difference for success 2 participantsFebruary: Blended Learning programs and discussion; coursedevelopment, management, teacher accountability—2participants neededMarch: Blended Learning programs part 2 and discussion—2participants neededApril: online pedagogy and local advocacy/parents andcommunity– 2 participantsMay: tbd based on previous conversations
Co-Chair Contacts• Kathryn Knox email@example.com • Colorado Virtual Academy • http://www.covcs.org• Katie Swistowicz KSwistowicz@fremont21.k12.wy.us • Wyoming e Academy of Virtual Education • http://www.fortwashakieschool.com/fwhs/
Summary of top concerns shared• At risk needs, retention/attrition, high mobility and achievement, reducing mobility, engagement, motivation, participation• Teacher support in a ―ubiquitous environment,‖ accountability, evaluation, personalization• Appropriate curriculum for wide needs• Sustainability with growth• RtI, logistics, attendance, tracking, enrollment• Legislative challenges• Limited resources, maintenance, marketing, time
Areas of Struggle:at risk needs retention and/or Areas of Strength: attritionhigh mobility & Our teaching staff does aachievement remarkable of supporting students & communicating We do a great job SIATech is based on a with students and local removing barriers for successful, competency- site facilitators. We also bricks and mortar schools based model; as a dropout reducing have a clearly defined to use online courses in a recovery program, we mobility credit recovery program blended model. ~~Lane individualize and engage that is being accessed by Education Service District, students very well. many hundreds of Orgeon ~~California students. ~~Montana Digitalengagement, Academy motivation,participation
Areas of Struggle: Teacher support in a ―ubiquitous environment‖ Areas of Strength:accountability We have a very tight Providing specially feedback loop on [Long-term] designed instruction using data to improve professional evaluation to special education curriculum and development model eligible students in a instruction to try to and teacher virtual environment. meet individual supervision model. ~~ Estacada Web student needs. ~~Idaho Digital Academy & Early ~~Open High School of Learning Academy College, Oregon Utahpersonalization
Selected survey comment--for discussion:• We continually remind districts of the opportunities to eliminate time as a barrier to learning. They operate with the self-imposed illusion that many of their current practices are mandated, when, in reality, they are self- imposed historical routines.• We struggle to find the funding for continued professional development for Oregons districts. Declining revenue forecasts continue to cause districts to reallocate funds to instruction, which is as it should be. Funding for job- embedded, ongoing professional development needs to come from outside sources all too frequently.
Expectations to make this a successfuland strong committee