Planning for Quality In Online and Blended Learning.

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  • Planning for Quality In Online and Blended Learning
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  • Personal Digital Historic opportunity to boost learning & operating productivity Age cohorts Sequential Annual tests Tethered Teachers Place Individual students Adaptive Instant feedback Mobile Teams Service Batch-Print The Shift to Personal Digital Learning
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  • Stats in the States State 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
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  • Stats in the States 30 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 DC
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  • A Definition of Blended Learning A meaningful online component A significant, supervised onsite component Data capture that allows personalized instruction
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  • Blended Learning Models Nexus Academy flex model
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  • Sustaining vs. Disruptive Innovation
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  • The Nexus Academy Example
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  • 2013-2014
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  • Elements of Planning for Quality ContentTeaching TechnologyOperations
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  • Best Practices Blended Model 1.Small schools are better. 2.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) 3.Students should have some control over time, place, path and/or pace of their learning. 4.Instruction must be targeted, efficient, data-driven and standards-aligned. 5.Technology can be deployed to accomplish all of the above.
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  • Unique High School Design 300: Total student enrollment 150: Students for each shift 37: Students per team supervised by a Success Coach 5-15: Students in classrooms 4 hours in the school each day (plus up to 2 hours at home) 4 days a week
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  • Tailoring the Model for Middle School College Park Academy (Maryland) and TMCF Collegiate Academy @ SUNO 225-300 students each school Students on site all day, 5 days per week Half-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
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  • Robust, Personalized Curriculum
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  • Differentiated Course Delivery Model
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  • Focus on Excellent Teachers Specially trained teachers face- to-face from your school, online from Connections Small group and LiveLesson teacher-led lessons to review and reinforce objectives For online teachers, face-to-face support from Success Coaches
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  • High Impact Staffing Model Principal, Guidance Counselor, Administrative Assistant, Success Coaches all out on the floor no offices, all spaces open for full visibility Data allows all to tailor interactions to individual student needs
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  • What Students Are Saying Nexus Academy Is Where adults listen to us with respect Like I imagine college will be Peaceful and healthy Where I can be myself AWESOME!
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  • Promising Results for Nexus Model 92% of seniors on track to graduate 95% headed to post-secondary ed


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