Implementation of Personalized Learning Models
• Virtual School Implementation
EdTech Specialists has helped numerous school districts create virtual schools. We assist with planning and implementation, including budget, personnel, curriculum, marketing and administration. Because we have experience navigating the process, we can efficiently and effectively help districts implement virtual schools.
• Coordination and Implementation of Homeschool Partnerships
The homeschool families are a very diverse and closely knit community. For a partnership to find success, a key is in developing a program that suits the needs of all of the homeschooling families. This includes engaging and building trust with all of the different types of homeschoolers. EdTech Specialists will help in building and expanding relationships and partnerships between districts and homeschoolers. We will also assist in making sure that the district and its auditor are in agreement on how best to build the partnership within the framework of the Pupil Accounting Manual.
• Implementation of Seat Time Waivers
Navigating the seat time waiver application can be confusing as more options for school districts emerge. EdTech Specialists has worked with districts across Michigan, each with their unique way of using the seat time waiver. We can work with you to complete your seat time waiver, as well as meet with you and your auditor to discuss compliance for your program.
• Management of Non-Traditional Enrollments
EdTech Specialists can assist you in the management of your non-traditional enrolled students as you begin your program. This can save you money as you build your program. As your program grows, EdTech Specialists will transition this management to your own coordinator/director.
• Construction of Teacher Pools for Virtual Schools
Districts are realizing the cost savings of hiring teachers (rather than using vendor-provided teachers) to serve as the virtual instructors for students enrolled in their virtual schools. EdTech Specialists can help you build your teacher pool using a district’s local teachers or teachers from Michigan and beyond. In addition to saving a district a significant amount of money, teacher pools provide local, quality control.
• Coordination and Implementation of Online Curriculum, Policies and Procedures for Traditional, Online and Blended Learning Opportunities
This online curriculum can be used in multiple facets of the educational setting to enhance the educational experience of students. Traditional staff members can take advantage of the gizmos, labs and writing prompts that are available. Online course providers can be used to supplement face to face learning in a blended environment and used as a complete online curriculum package. Gain assistance in developing the structure that is most effective and efficient for your educational setting. The structure development is key to taking full advantage of this online curriculum.
• Grant Writing and Management
Whether you are looking for grant opportunities, need help researching, writing, reviewing, or reporting, we can help you through the process.
• Development of Competency Based Programs
As educational options become more of a reality, and seat-time becomes less relevant, schools will expect students to achieve mastery and to demonstrate competency. This is a big paradigm shift and requires a long, well-thought-out change process. We can help to facilitate and guide this process.
• Establish Blended/Hybrid Learning Environments
Teachers and schools are looking at ways to offer blended instruction. The process takes time to research, develop and implement. We can assist with all aspects of blended learning, including guidelines, communication, scheduling, curriculum sources, and delivery models.
• Implementation of Early College Programs
The Michigan Department of Education now allows students to remain in school a 13th year so that, upon graduation, each student can receive both a high school diploma plus certification, an associate’s degree, or other post-secondary opportunities. Early College goes beyond dual enrollment options. Contact EdTech Specialists to walk you through the process of applying and implementing this program for your students.
• Working with Districts on Individualizing Curriculum
EdTech Specialists has led the way in student-centric initiatives with districts across Michigan. We look forward to sharing our experiences and vision with districts that are seeking to individualize instruction.