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.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in in March 2017 raised the bar on the standard educators must set for student progress for children on individualized education programs (IEPs).
It’s August, and I hope everyone is as excited for the new school year as I am. As we prepare, I wanted to let you know that we did something here at the OPSRC that everyone struggles with: we made a change.
If you’re spending any of your summer time to learn and develop new skills, I have some excellent news for you! We have a new free course available courtesy of Odysseyware. I had the pleasure of being part of the Odysseyware Advisory Council this past year. It was a great experience, and I was so happy to be able to share feedback from our member schools with their team.
We all wish we had more opportunities for it. Whether you're facing time constraints or distance, OPSRC wants to help! Every year in August, we get many requests to travel to individual sites for professional development, and we want to continue meeting all your needs.