Proposed launch: Fall 2017
- Students from schools where a course is not offered or else there are few sections can enroll to join a class remotely from their home school
- No additional staff would be necessary; costs would be limited to headphones and Swivl robots
- Alternatively, students can enroll in blended learning courses through Apex or MSDE
Launching Spring 2017
- Initial course offerings in Spring 2017: Health & Foundation of Technology (FOT) in a synchronous format immediately after school at BOH, HMSM, NHH & WIH
- Four teachers and eight paraprofessionals will facilitate eight sections simultaneously
- Fall 2017 course offerings can expand to include Fine Arts courses
- Proposing to open this program to all comprehensive high schools in Fall 2017
Strengths & Limitations
- Scheduling flexibility
- More pathways to graduation
- Equity through course offerings to which they would not normally have access, particularly at small schools
- Expanded options (especially students returning from alternate placement and home health teaching students)
- Scheduling options
- Potential opportunities for PD
- Potential opportunities to earn extra pay
- Varied high school bell schedule
- Fully online course offerings are limited to MSDE approved courses & OTM certified facilitators
- Lack of access to MSDE curriculum - even for use in a blended environment
Guiding questions for conversation
- For blended courses using an online curriculum, what final grade percentage will be considered mastery?
- Programs to grow, expand or eliminate?
- For AP Courses, should we allow them to be weighted only if the student scores a 4 or 5 on the AP Exam?
- Do we wish to charge students for any of these opportunities? AP Tests?