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Presentation about K-12 online learning, costs, and experiences from the first year of an online charter school in California.

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  • 1. So…You Want to Start an Online School Program?
    • Rob Darrow, Ed.D.
    • Principal, Clovis Online School
    www.ClovisOnlineSchool.com Blog: Clovisonlineschool.wordpress.com Stanislaus County Office Online Learning Symposium, June 2010
  • 2. A Little About You
      • Teachers?
      • Administrators?
      • Have taught an online course?
      • Are working in an online school or providing online school services?
      • How many are hoping to launch some type of online learning program in the next year?
  • 3. A Little About Me
    • Clovis, CA – Central California
    • 20 year old daughter – Junior, Cal Poly
    • Educator, 30 years (Grades K-8)
    • Teacher-Librarian and Coordinator, School Libraries
    • Project Director, Teaching American History Grant
    • Doctorate Completed at CSU Fresno
      • Topic: Online learning, charter schools and at-risk students
  • 4. My Daughter The Digital Native Raising kids and raising an online school is similar
  • 5. Presentation Outline
    • Components of Online Learning
    • The Cost Challenges
    • Clovis Online School Experiences
    • Questions and Answers
    • Lunch: “Table top conversation”
  • 6. Time to Work
    • Handouts
      • Back to back – Resource List
      • One page – Online School Decision Chart
  • 7. Online School Decision Chart
    • 5 minute Strategic Plan
    • Work with others
    • Include the costs
    • Let’s do a few together
      • Type of Online School
      • Operational Control
      • Skip down to “Students”
    • Complete the chart
  • 8. Results
    • Discussion
  • 9. A Little Background About Online Learning
    • Online Learning has increased at every level in every way – K-12, community college, four-year colleges, public, private, adult education in the past 10 years.
    • Number of schools
    • Number of courses
    • Number of students
  • 10. College Enrollment
    • Growing more than 10% a year
    • Most growth at 2-year institutions (Parsad, 2008. NCES)
    • 66% of all colleges offered online courses in the 2006-2007 school year
    • Over 3.9 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2007
    • 20% of all U.S. higher education students were taking at least one online course in the fall of 2007. (Allen, 2008)
    Allen, I. E., & Seaman, J. (2008). Staying the course: Online education in the United States 2008. Wellesley, MA: Sloan Consortium. Parsad, B., & Lewis, L. (2008). ED. Distance education at degree-granting postsecondary institutions: 2006–07. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics, US Department of Education.
  • 11. Online Course Definitions Allen & Seaman, 2007
  • 12. K-12 Online Enrollment – U.S.
    • 1,030,000 K-12 students in 2007-2008.
    • Represents a 47% increase since 2005-2006.
    • 63% of public school districts in the U.S. had at least one student enrolled in either a fully online or blended course
    • A sample of K-12 OL growth across the U.S….
    Picciano, A., & Seaman, J. (2008). K–12 online learning: A 2008 follow-up of the survey of U.S. school district administrators. Sloan Consortium, Olin and Babson Colleges.
  • 13. Watson et al, Keeping Pace . http://www.kpk12.com/ State/organization Full-time or supplemental 2007-2008 enrollment 2008-2009 enrollment Annual increase Florida Virtual School Supplemental 120,000 154,125 25% Idaho Digital Learning Academy Supplemental 6,619 9,646 46% Alabama ACCESS Supplemental 18,955 28,014 48% Michigan Virtual School Supplemental 11,000 16,000 45% Minnesota (state) Both 23,722 28,332 19% Colorado (state) Full-time 9,238 11,641 26% Ohio (state) Full-time 24,011 27,037 13% Arizona (state) Both 15,000 23,000 24% Connections Academy (across U.S.) Full-time charter 13,000 20,000 54% K12, Inc. (across U.S.) Full-time charter 39,500 56,000 42%
  • 14. California K-12 Online Charter Enrollment 40% Increase 101% Increase 85% Increase CBEDS Data from Online Charter Schools Darrow Dissertation, 2010
  • 15. Clayton Christensen, Michael Horn, and Curtis Johnson (2008). Disrupting Class.
    • “ By 2019 , 50% of courses taken by high school students
    • will be online .”
  • 16. A Tipping Point
    • Online learning has reached a “tipping point”
      • Like the Internet, it’s not going away
    • The question is no longer “what”, but “when”
    • The bigger question: can we collaborate rather than compete?
  • 17. California Finance: How public schools are funded
    • 1 student in school 1 day = 1 ADA (or FTE).
    • Cannot split ADA (unless district chooses to do so)
    • ADA Amount for each district different based on Proposition 13 formula
    • Ranges from $5,000 - $7,000
  • 18. California School Finance Models
    • ADA (“seat time” - 240 minutes each day)
    • Independent Study (student gets hours based on work and physically meets a teacher once a week).
    • Charter
    1 student in school 1 day = 1 ADA
  • 19. California Finance ADA Differences Per student, per year
    • Clovis USD– $5,700
    • Sierra USD- $8,100
    • Modesto USD - $6200
    • Empire USD - $5800
    • Stockton USD - $5700
  • 20. Let’s set up a sample online program
    • An example:
    • Using a content provider for content and for teachers
  • 21. Sample District - Revenue 30 students - ADA
    • 30 students X $5900 = $177,000 per year.
    • Special program funding - $650 per student (or another $20,000)
    • Total Income: $197,000 .
    • Round up to $200,000
  • 22. Personnel Costs
    • Principal/Administrator – Part time
    • Secretary/lab aide (full time)
    • Custodial
    • Total Personnel Cost: $150,000
  • 23. Computer Lab for Students to Work
    • Cost for hardware (20): $40,000
    • Does not include network/Internet access cost
  • 24. Course Content and Teachers
    • Provided by a Content Provider: Cost: $400 per student per course.
    • 5 courses per student.
    • $400 X 30 students X 5 courses = $60,000.
  • 25. Income and Expenses
    • Income from ADA: $200,000
    • Expenses:
      • Personnel: $150,000
      • Equipment: $40,000
      • Content and Teachers: $60,000
      • Supplies: $5,000
    • Total Expenses = $255,000
    • Result: ($55,000)
    If…
  • 26. Clovis Online School A charter…why?
    • Two year process to decide
    • Clovis USD ADA = $5700
    • Charter School ADA = $6500
    • Fresno County HS Dropouts = 4,000
    • More and more students choosing charters
    • The millennial generation demands technology for learning and wants alternatives to traditional schooling
    • Wrote a charter in May 2008
  • 27. Reflections about the first year of the Clovis Online School
    • Full time diploma granting online charter school
    • Opened Aug. 2009 for 9 th -10 th
    • Now registering Grades 9-12
    • Currently 80 students
    • From various school districts in Fresno County (Furthest lives about two hours)
  • 28. About our students
    • All going to college or the world of work
    • Want alternatives to traditional school
    • Some were suspended or expelled
    • Want flexibility of time
  • 29. 50/50
    • 9 th /10 th
    • Male/Female
    • Complete work/don’t complete work
    • Students with positive school experiences vs. negative school experiences
  • 30. About our staff
    • Three full time staff
      • Principal, Multimedia Specialist, Administrative Secretary
    • 16 part time innovative and passionate teachers
  • 31. Enrollment Process
    • 1. Student completes online activities
    • 2. Student/parent interviews with principal
      • Student strengths/abilities
      • Why they want to join
      • 80% student directed
      • Student choice
    • 3. Test online environment
      • Student chooses to join
    • 4. Formal enrollment
  • 32. Technologies Used
    • Low Cost
    • Moodle
    • Wiki
    • Blog
    • Ning
    • Teacher created content
    • Windows Live (Email and IM)
    • Cost
    • Elluminate
    • Quia
    • ALEKS (math learning program)
  • 33. The Harsh Reality
    • 80 students, but only received 40 ADA
    • Online learning is 80% student directed (vs. face-to-face learning which is 80% teacher directed)
    • Teacher transformation in thinking
    • Balance between cost and revenue
    • Some online charter schools: top teacher salary is $30,000 full time
  • 34. Clovis Online School Purpose and Mission
    • Our Purpose
    • To provide students of Central California with an engaging and comprehensive online course delivery system that prepares them for college and the world of work.
    • Our Beliefs
    • The students, teachers, parents, administration and community of this school are a collaborative team of learners.
    • Our Direction
    • Let’s work together (Open source platform – Moodle; Open educational resources developed; Open source online learning for all students in Central California)
  • 35. Book: The World is Open
    • “ Anyone can now learn anything from anyone at anytime”
    • Curtis Bonk (2009)
  • 36. Use of Open Educational Resources - David Wiley
    • OERs = upfront investment, as materials are discovered or created
    • Investment can be similar to what would normally be spent acquiring commercial materials.
    • But once the investment is made…
  • 37. Once the investment in OERs is made…
    • Ongoing costs for curriculum can be significantly lower than traditional textbook replacement and other costs.
    • Due to the "open" nature of open educational resources
      • teachers can make revisions and improvements
      • resulting in materials that are actually more effective than their more expensive commercial counterparts
  • 38. The Challenge
    • Shall we work together or separately?
    • We have content you can use…and knowledge
    • Or do we expect every teacher to re-create their own content?
    • Or do we pay for online content providers year after year?
  • 39. If you want to “do” online learning
    • Learn about it for yourself first by...
    • Joining iNacol
      • Virtual School Symposium Nov 14-16, Arizona
    • Reading some blogs
    • Reading resource document and resources
    • And…
  • 40. Join Classroom 2.0 www.classroom20.com
    • Weekly web events
    • 41,000 members worldwide
  • 41. Join E-Learning Sig: “El Sig” via CUE http:// elsighome.ning.com
    • Online Meetings
    • Second Tuesday of each month
    • 75 Members
    • California focused
  • 42. Questions… Comments…Thoughts www.ClovisOnlineSchool.com Blog: Clovisonlineschool.wordpress.com
    • Rob Darrow – robdarrow [at] cusd.com