KPBSD sent 17 educators to the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) Symposium in California. Through the Digital Learning Initiative Grant that the KPBSD received we were able to send a team of district teachers and administrators to learn about “Blended Learning.” This conference focuses on showcasing districts, schools, and classroom teachers who are using new learning models considered blended learning. The intent is to “level the playing field for students through the creation of new learning models, and to ensure that students everywhere have access to a world-class education that prepares them for a lifetime of success, no matter their geographic location or economic situation.” -iNACOL
What is Blended learning? Blended learning is any time a student learns at least in part at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home and at least in part through online delivery with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace; often used synonymously with
Hybrid Learning. (Horn and Staker, 2011)
KPBSD hopes that this 3 year Digital Learning grant will help us to build the capacity of our teachers to learn how to and begin to apply blended learning strategies throughout our district’s 43 schools. Over the next three years the grant will help fund professional development and learning opportunities for three cohorts of 15 teachers per year. The teacher cohorts will learn how to implement blended learning/teaching strategies within their classrooms and to share what they have learned with colleagues in their schools so that blended learning can be implemented in more and more classrooms.
Blended learning is all about personalizing the learning experience for each student focusing their individual learning at a time, place, path, and pace that meets their unique learning needs. By using digital learning tools within the classroom setting, teachers are able to leverage these tools and skills to provide higher quality immediate feedback to their students about their learning and growth. Some teachers in our district already employ blended learning strategies in their classrooms and we hope more and more of our classrooms will become blended in the near future.
Attached are links to Standard-Referenced Rubrics for Explanatory/Narrative Writing.
The ELA Committee continues to revise these rubrics so feedback is appreciated and welcome. Our intent is to align our District Quarterly Benchmark Writing Assessments with Alaska State Standards. Common prompts will be available in late November.
The rubrics are meant to not only be used for assessment, but also instruction.
Note: The Rubrics for grades 8 and 11/12 will be ready at the end of the week and will be distributed as soon as possible.
The following information was shared by Christine Ermold during the 9.24.14 administrator meeting. Please contact the office of Elementary Education with questions.
A copy of the PLC Collaboration Continuum was provided to all administrators. After careful reflection on the evidence available at each site, administrators are asked to indicate where their school is practicing (overall) on each segment of the continuum and submit the information to Christine Ermold by 10/10/14. Electronic copies of the continuum are available in the district’s ‘S’ drive < Collaboration Resources < Learning by Doing < PLC_Continuum.
Any goals or strategies assigned by site principals in On Strategy to the responsibility of the PD Department will be deleted. To schedule support from the PD Department, principals or their PD Site Liaison should contact their site’s coach or Michelle Thomason.
An email will be coming requesting copies of all secondary course syllabi so that research regarding current grading practices in the district can be conducted. Results of the analysis will be shared with administrators once available.
Coffee/Tea via Lync will be offered on 9/30/14 at 7:15 and 3:45.
Saturday School Support is available for teachers to receive whatever support they need on a drop-in basis between 9:00 a.m. and noon on Oct. 4, Nov. 1, and Dec. 6 in all three regional PD rooms.
This information was shared with Principals at the Sept. 24, 2014 Administrator Meeting:
As of September 23rd the District Distance Learning Program has a total of 914 Semester class enrolments. This is our highest ever and if second semester enrollments follow the same trend we are on track to our highest enrollment year ever.
The Blended Learning Initiative Cohort for Year one of the grant has been selected. We have a total of fifteen (15) teachers who are involved representing upper elementary, middle school, and high school levels from across multiple content areas. Two of the teachers are from our partner districts (Cordova and Bristol Bay).
Schools with 5th and 10th Graders in attendance will all be administering the Gallop Student Poll/survey as a means of establishing benchmark data for our KPBSD Key Performance Indicators on Emotional Well Being. Tiffany Eck the Secondary Education Administrative Assistant is working with coordinators of the Gallop poll from each school. Questions contact Tiffany.
CTE Department announcement: Dan Bohrnsen our district’s CTE/WDC Coordinator is retiring at end of the 2014-2015 school year. We will be working on a transition plan very soon.
High Schools should be focusing on working with Juniors to make a decision on which College, Career Ready Assessment they will take and have the State of Alaska Pay for. Choices are the WorKeys, ACT, or SAT. This decision needs to be made by October 15th and returned to Julie Williams in the Assessment Department. Remember this is a graduation requirement replacing the HSGQE.
The following link can be used to access a Lync recording of the PowerSchool II session held on 8/18/14 at 3:30 p.m. Please note that the account used during the training was created with fictional information for the purpose of the training and does not contain actual student information. Please contact your instructional coach, Christine Ermold, or David Henson with questions.