What is an Innovations School?
The concept for the Oklahoma Innovations Schools is based on a Salt Lake City, Utah blended personalized learning school founded by principal Kenneth Grover. The school model is designed with 4 cornerstones as its focus:
What does a blended, personalized learning school look like?
A student attends school each day between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. The district chooses the daily hours during which the building is open, while the student chooses the period within that timeframe to fulfill state-mandated seat requirements. When on campus, students will be involved in teacher-led student skill groups, study groups, a group project session, and they will also work independently on determined courses. Students meet weekly with their teacher mentor to monitor attendance, grades and course progress. All courses will meet the current Oklahoma course standards. The advantage to this model is that students can spend as much time as they need to master the material. Further, it allows students to customize their schedules to better meet their academic goals and use technology to remove the constraints of a traditional classroom.
What is the role of Oklahoma Public School Resource Center (OPSRC)?
OPSRCworks to bring this model to interested Oklahoma schools. A district agrees to implement this concept using our experts with fidelity to the model. OPSRC will support Oklahoma districts wishing to implement by bringing facilitators to your site for trainings, by providing media assistance, and by assisting with strategic planning meetings.
OPSRC services are free. The only other cost would be for a Learning Management System (LMS), and OPSRC can assist districts to research one that is best for them.
d to be ready to implement (board approval for implementation along with signed MOU with OPSRC) no later than April 1.
One thing I hear from schools all the time is that they need textbooks. With the hits school budgets have been taking, schools haven’t had the money to adopt new textbooks, and now the textbook fund has been completely zeroed out.
How will you have some of those tough conversations? How will they sound?
Given the expected budget shortfall during the 2016 legislative session and the fact that Oklahoma schools are likely to face a budget decrease,
You made it! School's out, students are gone, and while you may have vacations planned, summer PD scheduled or you're finally reading those books you've been waiting to dive into all year, don't neglect one critical item: your school's social media accounts. Summer is a great time to engage with your parents and community supporters.