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Chosen as "Education Innovator of the Month" for June 2014 by T.H.E. Journal, this is the presentation underlying the archived webinar at http://home.edweb.net/starting-maintaining-virtual-school/

Chosen as "Education Innovator of the Month" for June 2014 by T.H.E. Journal, this is the presentation underlying the archived webinar at http://home.edweb.net/starting-maintaining-virtual-school/

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  • A little backstory, beginning at USN, CSO, ISTE, Kecia Ray,
  • I performed in an acoustic duo on Caribbean cruise ships for a year, I acted in the Alaska Repertory Theatre as a member of its apprentice company when it was the fullest funded regional theatre in the country, I performed lead vocals and guitar and mandolin with the Last Frontier Band, whose own CD of live songs is searchable online and available for download, and I presented again and again and again at ISTE Conferences
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Merrick EdWeb.net Presentation June 26 2014 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Starting and Maintaining a Virtual School: Scott Merrick’s EdWeb Share June 26, 2014 Tennessee’s First, Highest-Achieving Leader Since 2011
  • 2. Quick Personal Notes:
  • 3. I have a beautiful, talented wife and two beautiful, talented grown kids.
  • 4. I drive a 2009 Smart Car and I like to relax in a canoe on my favorite lake.
  • 5. I’ve done other things. See the “about.me” link at the end of this presen-tation)
  • 6. Mission: • To provide Tennessee students with an individualized, dynamic, and empowering virtual education developing graduates who are college, career, and community ready. Vision: • Leading the field of virtual education with innovation and creativity while inspiring v-students to become stewards of their own education, life-long learners, and excited about the future of education. But I LOVE doing this:
  • 7. We are structured a little different from a traditional school….
  • 8. We are innovators… • FIRST Virtual Public School in TN • Serving the 42nd largest school district in the country (of 13,588) • Nontraditional K-12 School (Currently 9-12) • Part and Full-Time enrollment offered • Facilitate teaching and learning virtually via the District’s Learning Management System (LMS): Blackboard • First-Time Credit NOT to be confused with Credit Recovery • “Performance Concerns” aka “Mastery=Attendance” • After-School focused tutoring sessions • EOC and AP Learning Labs • SACS accreditation • NCAA accreditation • 3D synchronous online meetings via Kitely.com • MNPS Virtual Academy , (FIRST IN THE WORLD!!!), The Virtual Academy of Business and Marketing
  • 9. • District Career Fair • Focused Electives • Student Portfolio • Capstone Project And…
  • 10. http://ncacinc.com/ http://www.wsmv.com/story/24547140/pre sident-obama-coming-to-nashville NCAC: President Obama’s Speech:
  • 11. 3D Synchronous Online Meeting Space in Kitely:
  • 12. We are continuously refining our operations… • No GPA restriction for Part-Time, 2.0 GPA requirement for • Full-Time • Pacing Guides and grading (students receive 9-week report cards) • Student-scheduled Discussion Based Assessments (DBAs) • No Senior exemptions from virtual exams • Virtual School Attendance and Truancy Policy (15% off-pace requires intervention with Juvenile Court) • Students can choose to work ahead and accelerate • NEW testing protocols and remote proctoring via ProctorU • Student Orientation, Midmester, and Final Review sessions offered • DLOs in every course, every semester • Detailed printed Student Handbooks available online
  • 13. We offer ALL core courses needed to graduate… Subject Area: Virtual Courses: Total Credits Required: Mathematics Algebra I and II, Geometry, Advanced Math with Business Applications and Liberal Arts Math 4 Credits English English I, II, III, and IV 4 Credits Science Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and Physical Science 3 Credits Social Studies World History, US History, Economics, or Government 3 Credits Social Studies Personal Finance .5 Credit Foreign Language Spanish I and II, Latin I and II 2 Credits Physical Education Physical Education I and II 1 Credit Lifetime Wellness Lifetime Wellness 1 Credit Fine Art Art History 1 Credit Focused Electives Selected by Student and Parent/Guardian in Collaboration with School Counselor 3 Credits Total Credits Required to Graduate: 22.5 Credits
  • 14. Also AP, Dual Enrollment, and Electives
  • 15. Class of 2011! Class of 2014!
  • 16. We have a beautiful Student Center where students can work if they wish.
  • 17. And Events: Onsite tutoring (Math Mondays, Science Tuesdays, and Language Wednesdays) Teacher PD
  • 18. and Events: Science Center Field Trip Prom!
  • 19. and Events: Zoo visit EOC testing
  • 20. and Events: Student Advisory Board Proctored testing
  • 21. and Events: CPR Certification MNPS Project Expo
  • 22. and Events: Faculty meetings online and onsite: Potlucks:
  • 23. and Events: Caving! Graduation!
  • 24. We provide choices for MNPS students and families… • Earn your High School diploma online • Honors credit in many courses • AP courses • Advanced Credit for Middle School students • Dual Enrollment at NSCC • Summer schooling options • Work full-time or more flexibly part-time • Care for your child or your parent
  • 25. We are exploding! “Merrick’s Law…”
  • 26. We are NOT for profit! Please read this Tennessean article, published April 19, 2014
  • 27. We are always here to answer ANY of your questions… Got Questions? We Got Answers? Call MNPS Virtual School between 9:00AM and 5:00PM At: (615) 463-0188 Ext. 3900.
  • 28. Contact Information: Scott Merrick v-Lead Teacher, v-Online Learning Specialist, v-Academy Coach, and v-MNPS All-Stars Lead Learner 4805 Park Avenue, Suite 300 Nashville, TN 37209 (615) 463-0188 Ext. 3900 Scott.Merrick@mnps.org http://vlearn.mnps.org http://about.me/scottmerrick http://scottmerrick.net