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Welcome to the Weston Committee Meeting for iNACOL, Nov. 7, 2011 Kathryn Knox, Colorado Virtual Academy Katie Swistowicz, Wyoming e-academy Co-chairs Rob Darrow, President , Online Learning Visions.com
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Welcome to the Weston Committee Meeting for iNACOL, Nov. 7, 2011

Kathryn Knox, Colorado Virtual AcademyKatie Swistowicz, Wyoming e-academy

Co-chairsRob Darrow, President , Online Learning Visions.com

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iNACOL ReportRob Darrow, PresidentOnline Learning VISIONS.com

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What do these numbers mean? 54

A. Number of responses receivedB. Number of issues identified in surveyC. Number of programs identified

11A. Number of individual schoolsB. Number of states representedC. Number of topics as top concerns

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File transfer of survey

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Meeting Dates 2011-2012—take a moment and put them on your calendar

1st Monday of the month, except January

Date TimeNovember 7th 12 noon MST (2 ET)

December 5th 12 noon MST (2 ET)

January 9th 12 noon MST (2 ET) ~second Monday

February 13th 12 noon MST (2 ET)

March 12th 12 noon MST (2 ET)

April 9th 12 noon MST (2 ET)

May 14th 12 noon MST (2 ET)

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Top responses > 40%

Answer Options Response Percent Response Count

Sharing best practices 77.8% 42

Blended Learning Models (district, charter or school)64.8% 35

Online pedagogy 61.1% 33

Course development 61.1% 33

Learning management systems 46.3% 25

Virtual school management 46.3% 25

Data-driven decision making in online environment42.6% 23

Common Core Standards 40.7% 22

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Topics—invitations coming your way soon to participate!December: Best practices in full time virtual programs with discussion: identifying what makes a difference for success 2 participantsJanuary: Best practices in part time/supplemental programs with discussion: identifying what makes a difference for success 2 participantsFebruary: Blended Learning programs and discussion; course development, management, teacher accountability—2 participants neededMarch: Blended Learning programs part 2 and discussion—2 participants neededApril: online pedagogy and local advocacy/parents and community– 2 participantsMay: tbd based on previous conversations

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Co-Chair Contacts• Kathryn Knox [email protected]

• Colorado Virtual Academy• http://www.covcs.org

• Katie Swistowicz [email protected]• Wyoming e Academy of Virtual Education• http://www.fortwashakieschool.com/fwhs/

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Summary of top concerns shared• At risk needs, retention/attrition, high mobility and

achievement, reducing mobility, engagement, motivation, participation

• Teacher support in a “ubiquitous environment,” accountability, evaluation, personalization

• Appropriate curriculum for wide needs• Sustainability with growth• RtI, logistics, attendance, tracking, enrollment• Legislative challenges• Limited resources, maintenance, marketing, time

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Areas of Struggle:at risk needs

retention and/or attrition

high mobility &


reducing mobility

engagement, motivation, participation

Areas of Strength:

Our teaching staff does a remarkable of supporting students & communicating with students and local site facilitators. We also have a clearly defined credit recovery program that is being accessed by many hundreds of students. ~~Montana Digital Academy

We do a great job removing barriers for bricks and mortar schools to use online courses in a blended model. ~~Lane Education Service District, Orgeon

SIATech is based on a successful, competency-based model; as a dropout recovery program, we individualize and engage students very well. ~~California

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Areas of Struggle:Teacher

support in a “ubiquitous





Areas of Strength:

Providing specially designed instruction to special education eligible students in a virtual environment. ~~ Estacada Web Academy & Early College, Oregon

We have a very tight feedback loop on using data to improve curriculum and instruction to try to meet individual student needs. ~~Open High School of Utah

[Long-term] professional development model and teacher supervision model. ~~Idaho Digital Learning Academy

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Selected survey comment--for discussion:

• We continually remind districts of the opportunities to eliminate time as a barrier to learning. They operate with the self-imposed illusion that many of their current practices are mandated, when, in reality, they are self-imposed historical routines.

• We struggle to find the funding for continued professional development for Oregon's districts. Declining revenue forecasts continue to cause districts to reallocate funds to instruction, which is as it should be. Funding for job-embedded, ongoing professional development needs to come from outside sources all too frequently.

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Expectations to make this a successful and strong committee