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Blended Learning. The Best of Both Worlds. Kim McClelland Innovation Leader/Assistant Superintendent Falcon District 49 [email protected] Dave Knoche Principal Falcon Virtual Academy [email protected] org. Falcon District 49’s online blended learning options.

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Blended learning

Blended Learning

The Best of Both Worlds

Kim McClelland

Innovation Leader/Assistant Superintendent

Falcon District 49

[email protected]

Dave Knoche

Principal Falcon Virtual Academy

[email protected]


Falcon district 49 s online blended learning options

Falcon District 49’s online blended learning options

  • Currently Falcon District is in their 2nd year of using digital learning options. Growing exponentially!

  • District wide credit recovery labs (iConnect for Credit)

    • Ran by 1 part-time employee and mentors in school labs

  • District Middle schools use online learning (Aventa curriculum) in SIED classrooms

    • Ran by SIED classrooms teachers

  • District High schools use online learning labs for Core curriculum

  • Offer individual supplemental online courses to any 6-12 students

  • Future plan includes potential elementary models, expansion of middle and high school offering

  • Falcon Virtual Academy (District Online school) uses a full blended enrichment model


Project based learning model

Project based learning model

Falcon Virtual Academy

  • Students: 344 (K-12)

  • Teachers: 9

    • 3 elementary

    • 4 core secondary

    • 1 SpEd

    • 1 RtI coordinator/Blended Learning Teacher

  • Staff: 4

    • 1 administrator

    • 1 counselor

    • 1 operations manager

    • 1 student support coach


Experiential enrichment project based learning model

Experiential, Enrichment Project based learning model

Falcon Virtual Academy

Enrollment Options:

  • Home-Based (70%)

    Students take online classes from home, supported by district teachers.

  • Blended-Enrichment (30%)

    Students take online classes from home AND enrichment elective courses on campus.


Fva growth of blended and commitment to future

FVA Growth of Blended and Commitment to future


Response to intervention rti

Response to Intervention (RtI)

  • A school-wide, multi-level instructional and behavioral system for preventing school failure

  • Screening

  • Progress monitoring- www.easycbm.com

  • Data-based decision making for instruction and movement within the tier structure

  • The bridge between general education and special education


Fva rti process

FVA RTI Process

  • 100% student monitoring

  • Primary diagnostic tool is SCANTRON

  • Teachers monitor overall progress

  • Data analysis is performed to identify students for additional reading, writing and math

  • Data analysis is also used for students that haven’t made adequate yearly progress

  • Weekly RtIteacher progress monitoring

  • Weekly contact with students in the form of F2F, text, e-mail, k-mail, phone or online


Interventions proving to be successful in our school

Interventions Proving to be successful in our school

  • Reading Plus (3-12 grades)

  • Really Great Reading (Phonemic Awareness)

  • TenMarksMath (2-12 grades)

  • Online and in person writing labs

  • Online meetings with teachers for additional support


Why blended

Why Blended?

Feedback From Parents:

  • Biggest complaint is over communication

  • Blended has brought excitement back

  • Hands-on projects make school fun

  • School feels like a family

    Feedback from Teachers & Administration:

  • Improved process for RtI, SpEd, ELA, tutoring

  • Better opportunities for instructional assessment (ScantronDibels)

  • Relationships with students has increased

  • Connection to school

  • All the things you want to do but have never had time for

  • Family engagement is high

  • Students cannot hide


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