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Blended Learning. The Best of Both Worlds. Kim McClelland Innovation Leader/Assistant Superintendent Falcon District 49 kmclelland@d49.org Dave Knoche Principal Falcon Virtual Academy dknoche@d49. 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

kmclelland@d49.org

Dave Knoche

Principal Falcon Virtual Academy

dknoche@d49.org


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.



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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