NYC Virtual School 2010 Pilots<br />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:<br /><ul><li>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. </li></ul>Pilots will be evaluated formatively to inform future plans for large-scale virtual schooling, and for impacts on student achievement and growth.<br />2<br />
CISCO Virtual Learning Platform<br />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.<br />Planned functionality<br /><ul><li>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.</li></ul>3<br />
New York Virtual School Strategy Development<br />Strategic planning project<br />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.<br />4<br />
K-12 Online Learning: <br />Key issues when starting a virtual school<br />John Watson<br />Evergreen Education Group<br />www.evergreenedgroup.com<br />
We work with:<br />State education agencies:<br />Texas, Wyoming, Maryland<br />State virtual schools<br /> FL, MI, NM, CT, AL, NC, WI<br />Non-profit organizations<br />Monterey Institute for Technology and Education<br />Online content and technology companies<br />Connections Academy, K-12 Inc, Angel Learning, Apex Learning, Pearson Education<br />
Ney York Virtual School: Strategic Planning Project<br /><ul><li>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</li></li></ul><li>Strategic Planning Steps<br /><ul><li>Phase 1:
How many students are online?<br />Sloan Consortium: 1.03 million K-12 online students in district online programs<br />State virtual schools: 320,000 course enrollments<br />Full-time online schools: 175,000 students<br />
State Virtual Schools: Size and Growth 08-09<br />
Trends: 2010 And Beyond<br />Continued growth<br />Shift to districts<br />Increase in blended learning<br />Competition <br />
Continued Growth<br />Online charter schools: Moving into new states; increasing in numbers in existing states<br />State virtual schools: New states adding, but existing state schools threatened by budgets<br />Districts: Focal point of most growth<br />
Shift To Districts<br />Varied program types: Both full-time and supplemental<br />Blended: Focal point of most growth<br />
Will students attend online full-time, part-time, or both?</li></li></ul><li>Regulations and policy<br /><ul><li>What statutes, regulations, policies, and collective bargaining agreements impact online learning?
Who employs the online instructor?</li></li></ul><li>Funding<br /><ul><li>Annual allocation? Based on enrollment?
Pro rata share of per capita funding follow the student to the virtual school? </li></li></ul><li>Staffing, Certification, and Professional Development <br /><ul><li>How many central staff 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)?</li></li></ul><li>Technology and Data systems<br /><ul><li>What learning management, content management, student information, and administrative systems are needed?
How will these systems interact with existing data systems and structures?</li></li></ul><li>Content<br /><ul><li>Build vs buy, or combination
Use national content standards?</li></li></ul><li>Accountability<br /><ul><li> What accountability policies will apply?
How will the virtual school be evaluated? </li></li></ul><li>CollaboratingWith Stakeholders<br /><ul><li>Who are the key stakeholders that should be engaged in the strategy and planning process? </li></li></ul><li>Questions and Discussion<br />John Watson<br />Evergreen Education Group<br />www.evergreenedgroup.com<br />