Moving education forward doesn’t just happen. It is propelled by creative leaders who know that what’s been done is no longer good enough
Norco, CA (PRWEB) November 05, 2012
Reform. Restructure. Rethink. In every school district across America, change is happening – and the speed is incredible. Some of this change is a reflection of new Common Core State Standards adopted by 45 states. Other changes result from new, Web-based technology that allows teachers to collaborate globally, sharing everything from lesson plans and tutoring tools to new theories, methodologies, and Web 2.0.
As our schools move to put the students at the center of their own learning, school leaders are taking sides. Some choose to be part of the resistance, slowly adopting change as it’s forced on them. The others see the benefits and the opportunities, and are moving full speed ahead.
The Corona-Norco Unified School District in Norco, California has chosen its side, adapting, adopting, and helping students prepare for their adult lives in a global, technology-centric economy. You’ll find no rebels here.
District and school leaders have a unified commitment to giving the teachers the tools they need to help students succeed. They actively seek out innovative options and find 21st century solutions through technology and creative leadership.
With a thorough understanding that today’s students are dissatisfied and disconnected from learning in traditional ways – as receivers and rememberers – school leaders have embraced technology and the benefits it provides to change the way teachers teach and students learn.
Online learning is an essential part of this brave new model of education, and for student’s at CNUSD, its helping students with various learning goals move toward graduation.
The district has partnered with ODYSSEYWARE to provide an online learning platform that is flexible and robust enough to serve students with many different needs including, completing core courses for credit, asynchronous credit accrual, credit recovery, acceleration, and summer school courses.
According to Kevin Sangiovanni, ODYSSEYWARE Education Specialist, “They were looking for rigorous curriculum that would allow teachers to control the content based on what the student needed. Because ODYSSEYWARE starts with rigorous foundational material, there are no concerns that students aren’t challenged. In fact, since students can work on their own, they seem more committed to completing the work. They don’t get bored. They’re taking responsibility for their own academic progress.”
ODYSSEYWARE isn’t just another textbook. It’s an entirely new approach to education. Students interact with material, and apply the knowledge they learn. Teachers play a key role in this computer-based learning model. With that in mind, CNUSD is committed to teacher professional development.
To ensure educators are familiar with ODYSSEYWARE, confident about their own skills, and using the program effectively, the district is hosting a user conference on Thursday November 8th strictly for their teachers. District leaders and ODYSSEYWARE trainers will walk teachers through the implementation process, share information about features, and provide tips for teaching in an online environment. In this way, they hope to reinforce their commitment to a new way of learning, and help teachers become proficient and excited about learning a new way.
Moving education forward doesn’t just happen. It is propelled by creative leaders who know that what’s been done is no longer good enough. CNUSD is a model for other districts across the country that are taking education beyond the classroom to a new level that best serves California’s students.