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  • The number of online students is still small
  • But the number of online students is growing rapidly, at 30% overall.
  • Former is always vulnerable to budget cuts. The latter introduces competition among schools for student funds.

March 15 presentation evergreen 3 14 v3 March 15 presentation evergreen 3 14 v3 Presentation Transcript

  • Agenda
    • Introductions
    • Update on NYC Virtual School Pilots
    • Description of proposed strategic planning process
    • National context and key questions for starting a virtual school
    • Q&A
    1
  • NYC Virtual School 2010 Pilots
    To better understand the benefits and challenges of virtual schooling in NYC, the Innovation Zone will pilot variations of online learning models in 42 schools serving approximately 4,000 students:
    • 20 high schools will pilot use of online Advanced Place courses.
    • 10 high schools will pilot use of online Credit Recovery courses.
    • 12 high schools will pilot a new blended school model that incorporates substantial use of online instruction, out-of-school resources and experiences, differentiated teaching roles and staffing models, and mastery-based instruction.
    Pilots will be evaluated formatively to inform future plans for large-scale virtual schooling, and for impacts on student achievement and growth.
    2
  • CISCO Virtual Learning Platform
    The DOE will pilot the CISCO Learning Environment (CLE) to manage online course catalog and enrollment, online course participation, teacher and student collaboration, and integration with DOE data systems.
    Planned functionality
    • Schools access a common catalog of online courses and rich video licensed from third parties and authored by teachers.
    • Teachers from different schools team-teach selected online courses using video conferencing technologies.
    • Students work collaboratively on shared documents, wikis, videos, and other files.
    • Master teachers provide online coaching and mentoring to newer subject area colleagues across the collaborative.
    • External experts join classes via video conferencing technologies.
    • Teachers manage course and homework assignments, grades, calendar, and alerts.
    3
  • New York Virtual School Strategy Development
    Strategic planning project
    We are proposing to organize a 90-day strategic planning project to better understand key issues and questions related to developing a virtual school strategy for New York City and, potentially, with NYSED and otherdistricts.
    4
  • K-12 Online Learning:
    Key issues when starting a virtual school
    John Watson
    Evergreen Education Group
    www.evergreenedgroup.com
  • We work with:
    State education agencies:
    Texas, Wyoming, Maryland
    State virtual schools
    FL, MI, NM, CT, AL, NC, WI
    Non-profit organizations
    Monterey Institute for Technology and Education
    Online content and technology companies
    Connections Academy, K-12 Inc, Angel Learning, Apex Learning, Pearson Education
  • Our projects
  • Ney York Virtual School: Strategic Planning Project
    • A 90-day strategic planning project that willdeliver a first-level implementation plan that addresses the key issues for creation of a New York Virtual School
  • Strategic Planning Steps
    • Phase 1:
    • Goals and objectives of virtual school(s)
    • Organizational models
    • Target student populations
    • Key stakeholders
  • Strategic Planning Steps
    • Phase 2:
    • Funding
    • Regulations and policy
    • Administrative and data systems
  • Strategic Planning Steps
    • Phase 3:
    • Staffing
    • Content development
    • Technology strategy
    • Evaluation
  • Deliverables
    • Deliverables
    • Findings and decision points at end of each phase presented to steering group
    • Strategic plan to guide development of the Virtual School
  • The National Online Learning Landscape and
    Key issues When Starting a Virtual School
  • States with statewide online learning opportunities
    This map will be replaced
  • Main categories of online programs
  • How many students are online?
    Sloan Consortium: 1.03 million K-12 online students in district online programs
    State virtual schools: 320,000 course enrollments
    Full-time online schools: 175,000 students
  • Online learning is growing rapidly
  • State Virtual Schools: Size and Growth 08-09
  • Trends: 2010 And Beyond
    Continued growth
    Shift to districts
    Increase in blended learning
    Competition
  • Continued Growth
    Online charter schools: Moving into new states; increasing in numbers in existing states
    State virtual schools: New states adding, but existing state schools threatened by budgets
    Districts: Focal point of most growth
  • Shift To Districts
    Varied program types: Both full-time and supplemental
    Blended: Focal point of most growth
  • Blended learning continuum
  • Competition and Control
    Competition
    • Florida Virtual School example
    Who decides on availability and access to online courses?
  • Starting a Virtual School: Key Issues
    • Goals
    • Types of students
    • Regulations/policy
    • Funding
    • Staffing
    • Technology systems
    • Content
    • Accountability
    • Stakeholders
  • Goals
    • What is the driving need for expanding online learning?
    • Expand access to quality teachers and courses?
    • Expand credit recovery?
    • Use asynchronous instruction to personalize instruction?
    • Realize new human capital efficiencies?
    • Provide a new school or school transformation model?
    • Recapture students for whom traditional schools are not effective?
    • How large an enrollment do you envision?
    • How will success be measured?
  • Types of students
    • What type of students will be the focus?
    • What grade levels?
    • Will students attend online full-time, part-time, or both?
  • Regulations and policy
    • What statutes, regulations, policies, and collective bargaining agreements impact online learning?
    • Seat time or “seat time equivalent”?
    • Who grants grade/credit?
    • Class size and total student load limits?
    • Who supervises the online instructor?
    • Who employs the online instructor?
  • Funding
    • Annual allocation? Based on enrollment?
    • Pro rata share of per capita funding follow the student to the virtual school?
  • Staffing, Certification, and Professional Development
    • How many central staff required?
    • How many online instructors required?
    • How will online instructors be trained, hired, supervised?
    • What metrics will be used to manage performance?
    • How will online instructors be paid (contract, salary)?
  • Technology and Data systems
    • What learning management, content management, student information, and administrative systems are needed?
    • How will these systems interact with existing data systems and structures?
  • Content
    • Build vs buy, or combination
    • If buy, license or own?
    • Who evaluates quality?
    • Use national content standards?
  • Accountability
    • What accountability policies will apply?
    • How will the virtual school be evaluated?
  • CollaboratingWith Stakeholders
    • Who are the key stakeholders that should be engaged in the strategy and planning process?
  • Questions and Discussion
    John Watson
    Evergreen Education Group
    www.evergreenedgroup.com