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Virtual School Update
As you may know, New York was one of the successful states in the second phase of the Race to the Top award. Modification of teacher evaluation requirements at the state level, combined with other legislative initiatives led to a successful plan in the second round of the competition.
As part of the Phase II application, NYSED again made mention of the virtual high school. The description provided to USED can be found on pages 271-272 of the application. (See the full report in the Links section of the site.)
The work proposed will be completed September 2011. The plan references the concept of online high school allowing students to attend school “anytime and anywhere”. Alternative pathways for graduation as well as advanced courses study will be explored. This is all part of Strategy 5 to provide innovative school alternatives.
If you are interested in seeing the pace of this trend across the country, I suggest you do no more than set “online learning” as a GOOGLE ALERT on your email. I receive at least ten links daily with examples of schools all across the country which are beginning this process. It will be very interesting to see how this new approach develops in New York. Teachers and students will both need to adjust to the new concept and gain new skills to be successful.
We will need to stay tuned!
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In the February 2010 meeting agenda, we see the proposal for the Virtual High School initiative. I am not going to write too much about it at this point because it is important that you browse the plan. Here it is!
We see the initial roll out in social studies, science and languages for all districts. Teachers will need to be trained in their new role of supervising students online, says the plan.
NYSED is planning to address any regulation changes needed for implementation.
Here we go….Are you ready?
Click here for a copy of the New York Technology Plan which discusses the direction in New York and digital learning. Although no specific mention is made to virtual learning, we see the obvious theme of digital learning beyond the classroom. The surveys attached also include no surprises as our students are totally on board with these new initiatives.
Are you ready for the change? What skills do we as educators need to acquire to be proficient in the new education transformation?
As I have said before– Like it or not, the world has changed. Education will have a new face very soon!
According to a recent announcement from NYSED, the United States Department of Education is conducting research studies on the effectiveness of online learning programs at the secondary level. As 45 states currently have some type of online learning initiative, USDOE is looking at the impact of these programs.
For more information, visit the wiki here.