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1 WDLC PROVIDING PATHWAYS FOR RURAL SCHOOLS IN WISCONSIN Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative (WDLC)

2 K-12 Online Learning: meeting the needs for diverse groups of students (urban, suburban, rural) expanding access to rigorous, multimedia rich, engaging courses ensuring access to highly qualified teachers developing 21 st century skills continuity of education for students with physical disabilities or prolonged absences from school because of illness helping at-risk students who need to retake courses, credit recovery to meet academic requirements expanding opportunities for ALL students providing teachers with new professional opportunities to teach online and blended instruction

3 New Solutions through Online Learning Nearly 70% of schools and districts are looking to online learning to offer Advanced Placement or collegelevel courses. 40% of public school districts in America today say they need online learning resources because certified teachers are not available for traditional face-to-face instruction. 60% of schools and districts say they need online learning for credit recovery. More than 50% need online learning to reduce student scheduling conflicts to graduate on time.

4 K-12 Online Learning: A Smart Investment NOW More Than Ever States must overcome critical education challenges to survive and thrive in the 21 st Century economy and provide quality educational opportunities to all students. Resource: inacol (International Association for K12 Online Learning)

5 Across the country.. State virtual schools exist in 25 states as of fall State virtual schools had about 740,000 course enrollments in states plus Washington DC have at least one fulltime online school operating statewide in SY About 310,000 students attend full-time online schools in SY Fully blended schools are operating in at least 24 states and Washington DC CONTENT/UPLOADS/KP_2013_WI. PDF ONSIN/#DISTRICT-PROGRAMS

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9 Projected Growth of Blended learning Tom Vander Ark, Open Ed Solutions, Leading the Shift to Personal Digital Learning, Supplemental Blended Schools

10 Wisconsin Virtual School Enrollment Trend

11 Unique Challenges in Rural Schools Small student populations, declining enrollments High socioeconomically disadvantaged populations Computer and Internet access non-existent at home Low teacher pay, high turnover High turnover can lead to low student achievement

12 Unique Challenges in Rural Schools Low achievement leads poor perception of quality Poor perception of quality leads to failed referendums Scheduling issues Shortage of highly qualified certified teachers Fewer electives

13 Online and Blended Learning in Rural Schools Shortages of teachers in high-demand secondary school subject areas such as science, mathematics, and foreign languages, as well, as modest property tax bases and the lowest per pupil expenditures., have forced rural school districts to use their financial resources wisely and effectively as possible. eschool News, September 17, 2009, Sloan Consortium K-12 Online Learning Study

14 Online and Blended Learning in Rural Schools Online learning gives these districts a cost-effective way to deliver courses that otherwise would require hiring teachers, the report says many of whom would be uncertified in their subject areas and..would not have enough students to justify their salaries. eschool News, September 17, 2009, Sloan Consortium K-12 Online Learning Study

15 The Bottom Line Online learning is a SMART Investment with a proven payoff for students, schools, and society. Online learning has been shown by research to be academically effective, providing student performance as good or better compared to F2F. Online learning is cost effective for providing necessary courses that are otherwise unavailable, leveraging our best teachers, addressing the dropout crisis, and serving students with unique educational needs.

16 Online and Blended Learning Growing in Wisconsin School Districts Algoma Ripon Phelps Menomonie School districts utilizing their own teachers and WDLC supported digital curriculum and services. Stevens Point

17 ALGOMA SCHOOL DISTRICT AND ONLINE LEARNING Annette Walaszek - Science Instructor for Algoma HS and WVS

18 Blending Instruction: the Algoma Story Face-to-Face Course + Online = Blended Physics Course for Algoma 11 Algoma Students + 11 Students from around the State for Algoma students were self-paced, but participated in many labs as a group Online students were self-paced

19 Blending Instruction: the Algoma Story Advantages: Students can proceed at their own pace All students receive individualized feedback Feedback is provided during school hours Face-to-face and online student questions provide complimentary feedback about difficult concepts Virtual labs are very engaging and easy to organize

20 Blending Instruction: the Algoma Story Advantages: Algoma District is able to offer a face-toface class even though enrollment is low Algoma District is credited the teacher portion of the cost of the course for each non-algoma student they teach.

21 PHELPS SCHOOL DISTRICT AND ONLINE LEARNING Dr. Delnice Hill Superintendent of Phelps School District

22 Phelps School District Story Utilizes online learning for alternative education options WVS digital content and their own teacher to assist a new teacher with providing a science curriculum for students Filled a certified Health teacher position, utilizing WVS for Health course and credit requirement Guidance Counselor/Dean of Students/Athletic Director/Science Teacher provided Career Planning online course for all 8 th graders

23 Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative Supplemental Digital Learning Collaborative Local Control and System Hub Advocacy/Quality

24 Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative Formerly - Wisconsin s Web Academy: A collaboration between Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Wisconsin Virtual School (WVS), and Wisconsin eschool Network, Inc. (WEN) Both WEN and WVS have MOUs with the DPI Wisconsin Virtual School (WVS), operated out of CESA #9, and the Wisconsin eschool Network (WEN), Inc., are two statewide non-profit organizations that provide online learning opportunities for Wisconsin students and districts in grades WVS and WEN partner with public, private, and charter schools.

25 Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative In addition to online courses for locally controlled schools, both organizations provide online teacher professional development and online and blended learning program support. The two organizations are collaborating with DPI to provide a single point for schools to access online courses integrating with the new student information system. Combined, these two programs provide partnership pathways for schools to provide a variety of online and blended opportunities under the guidelines of the legislated Wisconsin Web Academy while maintaining local autonomy.

26 Why the WDLC? 26 Today's school districts, students, and parents are looking for more options and more flexibility in their education choices. The WDLC helps level the playing field with significant learning curves and knowledge gaps. Why recreate the wheel? Local Control Statewide Collaboration Why relive growing pains and gains already learned? Quality Centric Scales of Economy

27 WDLC: Tools and Resources in Place to Assist in Personalizing Learning for Students Digital content offerings for ALL - urban, suburban, and rural schools Offers student-choice at the course level at the local school Flexibility in access (scheduling) courses are available 365/24/7 with rolling enrollments year round 20 College Board Audited Advanced Placement courses

28 WDLC: Tools and Resources in Place to Assist in Personalizing Learning for Students World Languages that include Chinese, Japanese, German, French, Latin, and Spanish Opportunity to accelerate graduation or recover credits Access to dual credit online courses (coming Fall 2014 in Wisconsin) Online professional development for educators and administrators reducing travel costs and sharing expertise in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of digital learning options

29 WDLC: Tools and Resources in Place to Assist in Personalizing Learning for Students WI licensed instructors (use local, share seats between multiple rural districts, use WVS supplemental) An online course catalog of over 200 online courses available today $2 million worth of owned statewide perpetual digital content Negotiated licensed contracts with multiple content providers

30 WDLC: Tools and Resources in Place to Assist in Personalizing Learning for Students Single sign-on personalized learning platform including the integration of a customized student information system (registration and data collection) and a learning management system Early stages of a digital learning object repository Early stages of leveraged Open Education Resources (OER) Several other support tools needed to operate personalized digital learning environments.

31 Competency Framework -Systems to scale inacol: Re-Engineering Information Technology Design Considerations for Competency Education

32 Personalized Learning Platform 32 Owned (do with it what you want) OER User Interface Licensed (work with all LTI vendors) Developed Build Slice and Dice Agilix: BrainHoney Blackboard Collaborate Genius Course Registration Tool Aligned and Mapped Curriculum/Resources LMS = Classroom SIS = Front Door to the School Connected via API

33 With this new partnership We are providing an integral part of the Wisconsin s Digital Learning Plan arning_plan/ Action Item #9: Create a seamless operational environment that ensures access to virtual courses This would address such details as a common statewide course catalog for virtual courses, integration with course selection, registration, and master scheduling, grading and transcripts. arning_plan/action-items

34 With this new partnership we can help! On December 17 th, 2013, Governor Walker talks about the future of Wisconsin and when addressing - Where is education going in Wisconsin? He uses these words, I think we ll see transformations that are leading the country.. I think you re going to see in the next 5-10 years even bigger transformations. I want Wisconsin to be at the forefront of making those. For years we talked about distance learning, using video hook-ups. As policy makers we have always been reluctant to do that.

35 With this new partnership TOGETHER we are leveraging a National Network The Virtual School Leadership Alliance

36 Online learning a lifeline for rural schools eschool News, September 17, 2009, Sloan Consortium K-12 Online Learning Study

37 Thank you for all you are doing for Wisconsin schools and students! Dawn Nordine, WVS Executive Director, John Jacobs, WEN Director,

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