Education In the United States and Innovative Solutions

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This was a presentation delivered by Dean Roberta D. "Bobbie" Evans and I to a traveling group of international scholars from around the world who visited the University of Montana during the month of June, 2014. We presented our information and discussed topics ranging from the education system in the US relating to their countries to the makeup of virtual schools, online teaching and learning and differentiated/blended learning.

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Education In the United States and Innovative Solutions

  1. 1. MontanaDigital Academy Innovative Education Solutions Dean Roberta “Bobbie” Evans, Phyllis J. Washington College of Ed Ryan Schrenk, EdReady Montana Manager June 3, 2014 – Missoula, MT
  2. 2. • United States Constitution’s 10th Amendment • General Configuration: – Elementary (K-5 or K-6), – Middle School (6-8 or 7-8), – High School (9-12) • Post-secondary Options: – trade schools, – community colleges (2 years), – colleges/universities Structure of Education in the United States
  3. 3. • 50 states differ in organization • Each district has a board of lay people overseeing it (elected/appointed) • State standards influenced by national associations (not governing) Local Control
  4. 4. • Standardized curriculum: Common Core (adopted state-by-state) • Two national testing consortia: – (SBAC) Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium – PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) • Early Childhood education New Federal Oversight
  5. 5. • Concern about high school drop-out rates – MCPS has highest success rate in Montana, among top in the nation • Testing protocols – resources like computers, – validity, testing results (how they will be used relative to evaluating teachers) – What is the federal agenda? • Common Core curriculum implementation – Who is leading this in schools, knowing principals have been left out of the development of the curriculum? – Who is monitoring quality of materials? Current Controversies in American Education
  6. 6. • International testing results – math comparators – led to STEM emphases • What explains the difference between K-12 educational rankings internationally versus higher education rankings internationally for the United States? Current Controversies in American Education
  7. 7. • About centralized systems and how to strengthen them • How to keep curriculum focused on national and local areas concurrently • Management practices that foster clear communication and avoid barriers We Need to Learn from YOU!
  8. 8. MTDA, virtual schools and innovative solutions
  9. 9. Ryan Schrenk, EdReady Montana Program Manager & Dad to Justin and Ian & Employee #3 at MTDA About me…
  10. 10. Created by the Montana Legislature in 2009
  11. 11. • Serve K12 Students in Montana through Public Schools • Governing board • Director (CEO) Curriculum Director (Vice CEO) • Montana licensed teachers • Core subjects, dual credit enrichment • Supplement not supplant Montana’s Statewide Virtual School
  12. 12. Unique Educational Partnership MEA-MFT Office of Public Instruction Montana School Boards Association School Administrators of Montana Montana Rural Education Association Montana University System
  13. 13. • July 2009 –$2M funding to start Montana Digital Academy • September 2010 – MTDA opened for student enrollment with 45 courses • April 2011 – 12/13 funding of $2.3 M • April 2013 – Total enrollment topped 18,000 enrollments taught by over 100 Montana teachers, & Legislature approved 14/15 funding of $3.8M Brief Timeline
  14. 14. Red = Teachers Purple = Students MTDA Teachers and Students
  15. 15. MTDA Briefing Montana Digital Academy Statewide Virtual School Supplements & Serves Through Local Schools “Original Credit” and “Credit Recovery” Certified Teachers with Association with Montana Public School District State Standards Based Moodle and Other Learning Environments
  16. 16. Early Demand & Early Success- 2012 Source: Keeping Pace 2012, Evergreen Education Group
  17. 17. Online Courses Available 24/7 Teachers from Across Montana Three different programs MTDA Basics
  18. 18. Original Credit Connect Credit Recovery Middle School MLS Three programs
  19. 19. MTDA Original Credit MTDA Connect Credit Recovery Cohort Model Self-Paced, Mastery Learning Traditional academic calendar Open entry/open exit Available 24/7 Available 24/7 Montana teacher serves in traditional instructor role Montana teachers serve as academic-area coach Local monitoring strongly recommended Local intervention required Appropriate for students attempting classes for the first time Appropriate for students that have previously been unsuccessful Comparing Programs
  20. 20. OC AP CR MLS Total % Usage AA 892 26 1425 0 2343 34% A 367 32 865 0 1264 19% B 668 23 398 0 1089 16% C 865 41 149 7 1062 16% Alt Ed 11 0 565 0 576 8% JDC 0 0 4 0 4 0% MS/JH 76 0 3 379 458 7% 2011-2012 Usage 97% of Montana High Schools used MTDA for 1+ courses
  21. 21. 2012-2013 MTDA Courses
  22. 22. Unique Courses
  23. 23. MTDA Connect Credit Recovery Courses
  24. 24. Responsive Teacher Varied Activities Multimedia Interaction with Other Students Challenging, but Manageable What is a great online course?
  25. 25. Independent Flexible Self- Starting Self- Advocating Curious Tech-Savvy What makes a great online student?
  26. 26. NewIdeas! Innova tion @ MTDA
  27. 27. Professional Development
  28. 28. Support for Blended Learning http://www.flickr.com/photos/dccentralkitchen/5238518044
  29. 29. Open- Entry, Open-Exit Pre-Test Module Exemptions Self-Paced Available 24/7 Expanded Credit Recovery
  30. 30. Open Educational Resources
  31. 31. The only state-wide virtual school on a campus
  32. 32. EdReady Montana • Funded by Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation • 1st State in Nation to use EdReady • Public release onApril 1, 2014 • Serve all 7th graders to College Students in Montana • Charges paid for access for 3 years • First Higher Ed Programs Ready in Summer 2014 • K12 FieldTesting Spring 2014, Full Access Fall 2014 • Dev English Pilots in Spring 2015/Roll out and expansion after that • Managed By MTDA
  33. 33. EdReady - College Readiness Beta Test State
  34. 34. NROC Math Curriculum Assets
  35. 35. NROC Math Curriculum Assets
  36. 36. NROC Math Curriculum Assets
  37. 37. Personalized Learning Path
  38. 38. NROC Math Curriculum Assets
  39. 39. Data and Reporting What our customized version gives us…
  40. 40. UM Pilot Results Zero Points Better, 6 1 Point Better, 26 2 Points Better, 10 3 Points Better, 1 43 Participated
  41. 41. Saving Time and Money • 43 students skipped 49 courses • Total of 151 credits were “skipped” • …adding up to estimated $31,000 tuition/fees!
  42. 42. Success in Math Classes • 37 of the pilot participants enrolled in a mathematics course in the Fall 2014 term • 91% successfully completed their course • Average mathematics grade for these students: B- • UM Freshman overall average mathematics grade: C+
  43. 43. Questions and Comments
  44. 44. Contact Info • Ryan Schrenk • EdReady Montana Project Manager • 406-203-1812 x201 • ryan.schrenk@montanadigitalacademy.org • Website at http://edreadymontana.org

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