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1 Blended Learning To Help Turn Around Struggling Schools Moderator: Governor Bob Wise President, Alliance for Excellent Education Virtual Schools Symposium November 11, 2011 Panelists: Hope Johnston, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC Ron Montoya, Las Vegas, NV Kecia Ray, Nashville, TN

2 Definition of blended learning Any time a student learns in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar place away from home At least in part through online delivery, with some element of student control over time, place, path and/or pace and = Blended learning Copyright Innosight Institute, Inc.

3 Adversity: Challenges in America’s K-12 Education System Three Crises: 1.Rollercoaster Revenues 2.Teaching Troubles 3.Abysmal Achievement

4 Challenge 1. Rollercoaster Revenues… Source: National Association of State Budget Officers, Spring 2011

5 Lead to Education Cuts Source: National Association of State Budget Officers And 37 states made cuts this year

6 Challenge 2: Teacher Troubles

7 The Right Teachers Where They are Needed Most 440 high schools 88 qualified physics teachers 

8 For every 10 students… Just 7 graduate… And fewer than half go to college. But only 2 and a half are actually ready for college, And by the time they are 35 only 4 will have a college degree. The Achievement Challenge Sources: Editorial Projects in Education, Complete College America,

9 60% of jobs now require some college And we want to be 1 st in world in post secondary attainment Just 40% have a college degree… That’s Quite a Mountain to Climb

10 Public Benefit of Halving the Number of U.S. Dropouts The American Taxpayer 45,000,000,000 Forty-five billion America’s Bank Source: Levin, Kilpatrick, Belfield, Muennig,, and Rouse 2006 RE: annual public contribution from increased graduation rates

11 The Economic Benefits of the Reducing Dropout Rate in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord Metro Areas If just half of these dropouts had graduated, the 5,600 “new graduates” would make the following contributions to their local economy: $63 million in increased annual earnings Source: Alliance for Excellent Education analysis of data from Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. with generous support from State Farm® $46 million in increased spending and $16 million in investment $148 million in increased home sales and $4.4 million in car sales 500 new jobs and increase in GRP of $84 million $6.5 million in increased state and local tax revenue Increased human capital – 51% continuing past high school

12 The Choice: Be boldly innovative Or badly irrelevant

13 Carpe Diem Collegiate High School Charter school Loss of existing space created need for new model of instruction

14 CARPE DIEM COLLEGIATE HIGH SCHOOL YUMA, ARIZONA School Demographics 234 students 125 minority students—53% (mostly Hispanic) 129 students eligible for free or reduced lunch—55% Student Proficiency Rate Comparison Yuma has a 57% rate of student proficiency or above Arizona has a 65% rate of student proficiency or above Carpe Diem has a 92% student proficiency rate or above Per Pupil Costs (without facility costs) Arizona has a $7608 cost per student (2008) The United States has a $10,259 per student (2008) Carpe Diem has a $5303 cost per student

15 15 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Utilizing Blended Learning to increase cohort graduation, access to courses and college readiness and awareness Hope Johnston Specialist, Extended Day

16 16 Location: Charlotte, North Carolina Enrollment: 138,600+ Schools: 167

17 Blended Learning For purposes of our presentation, the blended classroom is defined as students working in online classes who are also provided with a certified teacher, adult facilitator or teaching assistant.

18 Online Course Providers North Carolina Virtual Public Schools (NCVPS): High school courses earning high school credit Learn and Earn Online (LEO): Students may take online classes through the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS)

19 Goal 1: Raise cohort graduation

20 Algebra I and English I 77 participated in pilot ▫63 in English I; 14 in Algebra I 100% of students passed online course 100% Algebra I students passed the state gateway standard 96% of English I students passed the state gateway standard

21 Credit Recovery (CR) Students who have failed courses/final gateway exam Take online classes in a facilitated environment Mastery based Work at their own pace Keeping on track for cohort graduation 80% pass rate for coursework.

22 Goal 2: Increase access to classes for both acceleration and remediation

23 CMS Enrollments Enrollments Total enrollment Total enrollment Total enrollments *6900 *Actual enrollment numbers summer and fall 2011 (4388) ; Projected Spring 2012 (2500+)

24 Advanced Placement (19 classes) Honors (27 classes) World Languages (Arabic, Japanese, French, German, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish) Electives (Arts, CTE, SAT Prep, Success 101) Core Classes (English, Math, Science, Social Studies) Credit Recovery (12 classes) Classes

25 Goal 3: Increase college readiness/awareness and earn college credit while still in high school

26 North Carolina Community College System Access to over 600 classes Keeping eyes on the Governor’s Ready, Set, Go! College and Career Readiness Plan Classes

27 Independence HS Spring 2009: 4 students in iSchool 13 students in NCVPS 0 LEO Spring 2011: 31 enrollments in iSchool 463 enrollments in NCVPS 35 LEO Fall 2011: 336 enrollments in NCVPS 35 Community College LEO: Due to budget cuts, program was cancelled

28 A Tale of 3 Students Student C Immigrant (Russia) Average Student Teacher recognized potential Graduated with 30 hours college credit Parents were unemployed and could not have afforded college otherwise Received scholarship to Wingate University Is attending Wingate this year Student B 23 foster placements Teacher recognized potential 15 hours of college credit earned 3 Advanced Placement classes through NCVPS Despite many moves she remains competitive in classes (online access 24/7) Horatio Alger Scholarship winner Recognized as a Dell Scholar Will be attending college in the fall Student A Identified gifted student Daughter of teen mom/drug addict father Responsible for parenting duties of sibling Attempted suicide and was in facility for a semester Planning to drop out of school Only reason she returned to campus was the promise to take all of her classes -save1- online She will graduate in June 2011

29 Blended classes ensure success for many types of students The success of the blended environment is dependent on strong face-to-face teachers Ongoing, strategic professional development is required The online world creates opportunities for personalized education Social networking and mobile devices will become increasingly crucial in meeting student needs What CMS has learned

30 e-Learning Academy, a program of the Performance Learning Center Pilot Fall students o projected 50 students spring 2012; 125 fall 2012 Students may take100% of their classes online Provide opportunities for early graduation/cohort graduation Provide face-to-face support

31 Valley High School A High Achieving Exemplary -Turnaround School

32 Comprehensive Urban High School (9-12) CCSD – 5 th largest school district in the nation Enrollment at Valley H.S. = 2,851 85% minority 65% Hispanic 14% black 15% white 9% SPED 19% LEP 47% low income Valley’s Students

33 The Valley Mindset You are smart You are the best You will pass the test

34 Our instructional Approach Focus on Accelerating Literacy Development of Struggling High School Students –Teacher Leadership –Professional Learning Communities –Smaller Learning Communities –Student Achievement Programs –Applicable Professional Development –Blended Learning – integrate technology as a force multiplier into teacher-led instruction

35 To enable students to be successful We utilize blended learning : We meet students at their level of need We provide multiple opportunities and venues We seek outside tools and resources Assessment & Inventory Individualized Interventions Differentiated Instruction Teacher Independent learning Technology Programs Read 180 System 44

36 Small- Group Rotations Whole-Group Instruction 20 minutes Whole-Group Wrap-Up 10 minutes 60 minutes READ 180 : A Blended–Learning Instructional Model

37 READ 180 Whole Group Instruction

38 READ 180 Small Group Instruction

39 READ 180 Interactive Technology

40 Independent Reading

41 READ 180’s Blended Learning Program Provides: Assessment/inventory of students’ reading level/needs Scaffolded text Rigorous, literary and informational texts Leveled nonfiction content Writing software for independent practice Reading, writing, & thinking for college and career readiness 21 st Century college and career assessments Helping Students be College and Career Ready!

42 Blended Learning Leads to: Empowered School Administrators Effective Teachers Engaged Students

43 On-line instruction for credit recovery –Courses with “no walls” allows 24 hour access –17 course sections offered during one period –All levels of English, Math, Science, Social Studies We use our own teachers to monitor students –6 sections offered during the school day –2 sections offered after school –3 sections offered during summer school Advanced Academics

44 ELA Trend Data Target: ELA School White Hispanic/ Lantino Black/ African- American LEP FRL NA

45 School91.8% proficient Hispanic89.3% proficient Black/African-American93.7% proficient White94.8% proficient FRL88.6% proficient LEP87.2% proficient AYP: ELA Achievement-82.3% NCLB Target

46 School34.7%79.4% proficient Hispanic28.53%76% proficient Black/African-American23.61%75% proficient White55.97%85% proficient FRLNA77.3% proficient LEP13.49%73.8% proficient AYP: Math Achievement-61.8% NCLB Target

47 Decreasing Dropout Rate

48 Ron Montoya 8372 Turtle Creek Circle Las Vegas, NV (702) Contact Info:

49 Valley High School A High Achieving Exemplary -Turnaround School

50 Dr. Kecia Ray Executive Director, Learning Technologies Dr. Kecia Ray Executive Director, Learning Technologies

51 Our District Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) is a vast and diverse urban school system, serving students from more than 80 different countries representing more than 70 different languages. MNPS has evolved over the years into one of the most racially, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse school districts in the country. More than 65% of our 76,000 students are economically disadvantaged. Under NCLB, we are in restructuring schools, 24 high schools Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) is a vast and diverse urban school system, serving students from more than 80 different countries representing more than 70 different languages. MNPS has evolved over the years into one of the most racially, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse school districts in the country. More than 65% of our 76,000 students are economically disadvantaged. Under NCLB, we are in restructuring schools, 24 high schools

52 Our students

53 Our Data AYP TABLES AYP TABLES

54 Our intervention Smaller Learning Communities grant award enabled us to establish career academies in each of our 12 comprehensive high schools (6.5 million awarded in 2006) Middle College and Big Picture High Schools established (2007) Change in Superintendent (2008) Change in High School Associate Superintendent (2009) Data warehouse project (2009) Innovation High Schools established for over age and under credit youth through blended learning(2009) State Standards increased/Common Core adopted (2010) RTT (2010) Learning Technology Department created (2010) eCademy established (2010) Smaller Learning Communities grant award enabled us to establish career academies in each of our 12 comprehensive high schools (6.5 million awarded in 2006) Middle College and Big Picture High Schools established (2007) Change in Superintendent (2008) Change in High School Associate Superintendent (2009) Data warehouse project (2009) Innovation High Schools established for over age and under credit youth through blended learning(2009) State Standards increased/Common Core adopted (2010) RTT (2010) Learning Technology Department created (2010) eCademy established (2010)

55 Our results All high schools met AYP in 2009 High school graduation rate increased from 58% in 2002 to 72% in 2009 Five high schools were established to provide alternative paths to graduation: Big Picture, Middle College, Old Cockrill, Opry Mills/Hickory Hollow, eCademy All high schools met AYP in 2009 High school graduation rate increased from 58% in 2002 to 72% in 2009 Five high schools were established to provide alternative paths to graduation: Big Picture, Middle College, Old Cockrill, Opry Mills/Hickory Hollow, eCademy

56 February 1, 2012 twitter


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