Or, Turning "How Do You..
Do whatever it is you do?"
"Our school offers multiple scheduling opportunities for students to be successful" ~Lakeside High School.
"So if we get WiFi routers on our busses, our athletes could put their travel time to better use. That's an opportunity we need to support." ~Temescal Canyon High
"Would you support us if we brought three more teachers into our blended program?" ~Elsinore High School
Lake Elsinore Unified School District starts offering PLATO math curriculum to 8th grade students with a TOSA. These advanced students would otherwise not have the opportunity to take Geometry at their middle schools.
Credit recovery for high school math is added, as well as one online Health teacher for students that couldn't fit in their regular, 6 period day. This program is called the Virtual Learning Center, and students visit the center (housed at the district office) after school.
The board of LEUSD attends a CSBA conference in January, and learns about online schools. The Southern California Online Academy opens August of that year.
The Virtual Learning Center grows to six teachers, with the teachers rotating at the comprehensive sites. As they interact with colleagues, they share the PLATO curriculum with them, and suggest they might be able to use as a supplement to their traditional, textbook-heavy curriculum.
At this time, we had a charter school using PLATO, a credit recovery program that used PLATO, and a Summer School using PLATO. At each step of the way, teachers were trained, and given accounts only after training.
SCOA combines with KMA (a traditional (packet-based) independent study school, and expands our VLC to twenty teachers district-wide. The goal is to create a flexible learning environment that consists of high rigor, and is aligned to the California Content Standards (CCSS).
Blended continues to grow, and not just for credit recovery.
Looking at implementing the requirement for every high school student to take an at least one digital course as a graduation requirement (first steps in 2017/2018)
Moving our last "packet-based" school (an Adult Ed. School) to PLATO in 2017/2018
As more teachers learn about the "new" curriculum, we have more requests to gain access/get training/flip their classes...
As we move forward, the option of a customizable, high rigor, and mobile-friendly curriculum will become the norm, rather than the exception.