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Planning for Quality In Online and Blended Learning. Personal Digital. Batch-Print. The Shift to Personal Digital Learning. Age cohorts Sequential Annual tests Tethered Teachers Place. Individual students Adaptive Instant feedback Mobile Teams Service. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Personal DigitalHistoric opportunity to boost learning & operating productivity

Age cohortsSequentialAnnual testsTetheredTeachersPlace

Individual studentsAdaptiveInstant feedbackMobileTeams ServiceBatch-PrintThe Shift to Personal Digital Learning2Stats in the StatesState virtual schools exist in 25 states as of fall 2013.State virtual schools had about 740,000 course enrollments in 2012-13.State-supported virtual learning is giving way to district-driven supplemental programs and full-time online/blended schools


4Stats in the States30 states plus Washington DC have at least one full-time online school operating statewide in SY 2013-14.About 310,000 students attend full-time online schools in SY 2012-13.Fully blended schools are operating in at least 24 states and Washington DC5

6A Definition of Blended Learning

7Blended Learning Models

Nexus Academy flex model8

Sustaining vs. Disruptive Innovation

9The Nexus Academy Example


2013-201411Elements of Planning for Quality12Best Practices Blended ModelSmall schools are better. Students need BOTH the holistic and affective supports and deep subject matter expertise.Small schools raise the graduation rate by 8.6 points for their overwhelmingly disadvantaged student population. - From study of NYCs Small Schools of Choice by MDRC (January 2012) Students should have some control over time, place, path and/or pace of their learning.Instruction must be targeted, efficient, data-driven and standards-aligned.Technology can be deployed to accomplish all of the above.13Unique High School Design300: Total student enrollment150: Students for each shift37: Students per team supervised by a Success Coach 5-15: Students in classrooms4 hours in the school each day (plus up to 2 hours at home)4 days a week

14Tailoring the Model for Middle SchoolCollege Park Academy (Maryland) and TMCF Collegiate Academy @ SUNO 225-300 students each schoolStudents on site all day, 5 days per weekHalf-day in Team Zones doing online work, supervised by a Success Coach Half-day in classrooms (Math, English and Fitness) with face-to-face teachers

15Robust, Personalized Curriculum


Differentiated Course Delivery Model

17 Focus on Excellent TeachersSpecially trained teachers face-to-face from your school, online from ConnectionsSmall group and LiveLesson teacher-led lessons to review and reinforce objectives For online teachers, face-to-face support from Success Coaches

18High Impact Staffing ModelPrincipal, Guidance Counselor, Administrative Assistant, Success Coaches all out on the floor no offices, all spaces open for full visibilityData allows all to tailor interactions to individual student needs

19What Students Are SayingNexus Academy IsWhere adults listen to us with respectLike I imagine college will bePeaceful and healthyWhere I can be myselfAWESOME!


Promising Results for Nexus Model92% of seniors on track to graduate95% headed to post-secondary ed