Utah State Board of Education Digital Teaching and Learning Grant Application FY 2018

Utah State Board of Education Digital Teaching and Learning Grant Application FY 2018

Utah State Board of Education Digital Teaching and Learning Grant Application FY 2018

508​ ​N.​ ​1500​ ​W.​ ​Marriott-Slaterville​ ​UT​ ​84404 ​ 801-393-3900 ​ www.venturelearning.org Utah​ ​State​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Education Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 Submitted​ ​to:​ ​Sarah​ ​Young,​ ​Coordinator​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning,​ ​USBE. Review​ ​One ​ August​ ​17,​ ​2017 Review​ ​Two ​ September​ ​18,​ ​2017 Contact: Bonni​ ​Jones Heidi​ ​Esplin Kevin​ ​Wasden Venture​ ​Academy 508​ ​N​ ​1500​ ​W Marriott-Slaterville,​ ​UT​ ​84404

Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​1 .

Abstract Venture​ ​Academy​ ​is​ ​a​ ​K-12​ ​charter​ ​school​ ​in​ ​Weber​ ​County​ ​that​ ​emphasizes​ ​an​ ​active, inquiry-based​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​teaching​ ​and​ ​learning.​ ​We​ ​recognize​ ​that​ ​digital​ ​teaching​ ​and learning​ ​can​ ​significantly​ ​enrich​ ​the​ ​learning​ ​experience​ ​and​ ​that​ ​our​ ​students​​ ​​need​ ​more frequent​ ​and​ ​consistent​ ​opportunities​ ​to​ ​use​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​in​ ​their​ ​classrooms​ ​and​ ​homes ​ ​ We​ ​will use​ ​the​ ​USOE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​to​ ​augment​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​in​ ​four particular​ ​ways: The​ ​mission​ ​of​ ​Venture​ ​Academy’s​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching ​ Learning​ ​program​ ​is,​ ​first,​ ​to​ ​enable students​ ​to​ ​use​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​to​ ​gain​ ​general​ ​knowledge,​ ​employ​ ​effective​ ​research​ ​strategies,​ ​and create​ ​high​ ​quality​ ​products ​ Second,​ ​to​ ​enable​ ​teachers​ ​to​ ​utilize​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​and​ ​related​ ​best practices​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​improve​ ​student​ ​learning​ ​through​ ​increased​ ​engagement,​ ​improved instruction,​ ​and​ ​broader​ ​access​ ​to​ ​digital​ ​technologies​ ​and​ ​curriculum ​ Third,​ ​to​ ​use​ ​digital tools​ ​to​ ​facilitate​ ​college​ ​readiness​ ​through​ ​higher-order​ ​problem​ ​solving,​ ​improved​ ​portfolio development,​ ​and​ ​college​ ​exploration ​ And,​ ​fourth ​ to​ ​provide​ ​all​ ​students​ ​with​ ​a​ ​greater understanding​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​stewardship​ ​and​ ​the​ ​role​ ​technology​ ​can​ ​provide​ ​in​ ​serving​ ​local​ ​and global​ ​communities.

During​ ​the​ ​first​ ​three-years​ ​of​ ​this​ ​program,​ ​we​ ​will​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​building​ ​a​ ​robust​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching and​ ​Learning​ ​program​ ​in​ ​grades​ ​9-12 ​ With​ ​the​ ​success​ ​of​ ​this​ ​program,​ ​we​ ​will​ ​expand​ ​to grades​ ​K-8​ ​in​ ​years​ ​2-3 ​ This​ ​grant​ ​will​ ​enable​ ​Venture​ ​Academy​ ​to​ ​launch​ ​an​ ​effective​ ​Digital Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​program​ ​and​ ​to​ ​empower​ ​our​ ​students​ ​achieve​ ​the​ ​purposes​ ​stated above.

Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​2 .

LEA​ ​OVERVIEW I ​ RESULTS​ ​OF​ ​READINESS​ ​ASSESSMENT Venture​ ​Academy​ ​selected​ ​the​ ​North​ ​Carolina​ ​Digital​ ​Learning​ ​Progress​ ​Rubric​ ​to​ ​serve​ ​as​ ​our Readiness​ ​Assessment ​ Our​ ​scoring​ ​sheet​ ​is​ ​attached,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​the​ ​Rubric ​ ( See​ ​the​ ​attached files ​ NCDigitalrubric.pdf​ ​and​ ​NCDigitalScoringSheet-AppendixB.pdf ​ Appendix​ ​C​ ​is​ ​copied below,​ ​which​ ​demonstrates​ ​that​ ​all​ ​required​ ​elements​ ​and​ ​data​ ​points​ ​requested​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Readiness Assessment​ ​are​ ​provided.

North​ ​Carolina​ ​Digital​ ​Learning​ ​Progress​ ​Rubric,​ ​Appendix​ ​C,​ ​Data​ ​Interpretation​ ​Guide PHASE GUIDING​ ​QUESTIONS Explore ● Do​ ​your​ ​rubric​ ​results​ ​resonate? ○ Yes ​ We​ ​recognize​ ​in​ ​our​ ​results​ ​an​ ​unactualized,​ ​yet​ ​sincere desire​ ​to​ ​fully​ ​apply​ ​digital​ ​teaching​ ​and​ ​learning​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to support​ ​our​ ​school​ ​vision ​ At​ ​Venture​ ​Academy,​ ​successful teaching​ ​and​ ​learning​ ​are​ ​guided​ ​by​ ​the​ ​“Five​ ​Dimensions​ ​of Student​ ​Achievement ​ These​ ​are​ ​(1)​ ​Character​ ​Development, (2)​ ​Research​ ​and​ ​Reasoning,​ ​(3)​ ​Service​ ​to​ ​Others,​ ​(4)​ ​High Quality​ ​Products,​ ​and​ ​(5)​ ​Skills​ ​and​ ​Knowledge ​ While​ ​digital teaching​ ​and​ ​learning​ ​will​ ​support​ ​all​ ​five​ ​dimensions,​ ​we believe​ ​that​ ​a​ ​technology-driven​ ​program​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​the dimension​ ​of​ ​Research ​ Reasoning​ ​will​ ​deepen​ ​and accelerate​ ​learning.We​ ​also​ ​see​ ​a​ ​need​ ​to​ ​become​ ​more “student-centered”​ ​in​ ​our​ ​use​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​tools.​ ​A​ ​robust​ ​Digital Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​program​ ​will​ ​empower​ ​both​ ​teachers and​ ​learners​ ​to​ ​succeed.

● Any​ ​surprises?​ ​Why? ○ We​ ​were​ ​pleased​ ​to​ ​see​ ​our​ ​score​ ​regarding​ ​“Communication and​ ​Collaboration ​ While​ ​most​ ​of​ ​our​ ​results​ ​scored​ ​“early” or​ ​“developing”,​ ​our​ ​score​ ​in​ ​Communication​ ​and Collaboration​ ​was​ ​a​ ​4​ ​(Target ​ We​ ​are​ ​a​ ​small​ ​school​ ​that places​ ​great​ ​emphasis​ ​on​ ​collaboration​ ​in​ ​our​ ​teaching practices.​ ​We​ ​believe​ ​our​ ​strengths​ ​in​ ​Communication​ ​and Collaboration​ ​will​ ​play​ ​a​ ​large​ ​role​ ​in​ ​helping​ ​us​ ​succeed​ ​in developing​ ​a​ ​successful​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning

Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​3 . program​ ​at​ ​our​ ​school. ● Do​ ​you​ ​see​ ​any​ ​correlation​ ​or​ ​inconsistencies​ ​between​ ​the​ ​rubric results​ ​and​ ​other​ ​data​ ​you​ ​have?​ ​Why​ ​do​ ​you​ ​think​ ​this​ ​is​ ​the​ ​case? ○ Our​ ​results​ ​seem​ ​very​ ​consistent​ ​with​ ​the​ ​data​ ​and​ ​observations we​ ​have​ ​regarding​ ​our​ ​school ​ We​ ​recognize​ ​the​ ​importance​ ​of Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning,​ ​but​ ​have​ ​not​ ​completely implemented​ ​many​ ​of​ ​the​ ​practices​ ​that​ ​would​ ​more​ ​fully support​ ​our​ ​school​ ​vision​ ​and​ ​goals ​ We​ ​have​ ​developed​ ​a nearly​ ​1:1​ ​ration​ ​of​ ​Chromebooks​ ​to​ ​students,​ ​however,​ ​we need​ ​to​ ​improve​ ​how​ ​effectively​ ​those​ ​tools​ ​are ​ used​ ​by teachers​ ​to​ ​support​ ​instruction​ ​and​ ​by​ ​students​ ​for​ ​effective research​ ​and​ ​reasoning ​ We​ ​have​ ​many​ ​of​ ​the​ ​“bones”​ ​in​ ​place for​ ​an​ ​effective​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​program,​ ​and recognize​ ​the​ ​need​ ​for​ ​additional​ ​support​ ​and​ ​funding​ ​in​ ​order to​ ​fully​ ​develop​ ​this​ ​program.

Identify​ ​3-4​ ​questions​ ​that​ ​emerge​ ​as​ ​you​ ​review​ ​your​ ​data​. ● How​ ​can​ ​we​ ​use​ ​technology​ ​to​ ​support​ ​Venture’s​ ​Five​ ​Dimensions​ ​of​ ​Student Achievement​ ​and​ ​to​ ​deepen​ ​and​ ​accelerate​ ​learning? ● What​ ​leadership​ ​structures​ ​can​ ​we​ ​put​ ​in​ ​place​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​long-term​ ​support​ ​for​ ​digital teaching​ ​and​ ​learning​ ​in​ ​our​ ​school? ● In​ ​turn,​ ​how​ ​can​ ​that​ ​leadership​ ​facilitate​ ​meaningful​ ​professional​ ​learning​ ​that supports​ ​our​ ​goals​ ​in​ ​digital​ ​teaching​ ​and​ ​learning?

● How​ ​can​ ​we​ ​remediate​ ​students​ ​who​ ​are​ ​struggling​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​up? PHASE GUIDING​ ​QUESTIONS Interpret ● What​ ​do​ ​the​ ​results​ ​mean?​ ​How​ ​would​ ​you​ ​summarize​ ​the​ ​data? ○ The​ ​results​ ​of​ ​the​ ​NC​ ​Digital​ ​Learning​ ​Plan​ ​assessment​ ​show that​ ​Venture​ ​Academy​ ​is​ ​“early”​ ​in​ ​its​ ​development​ ​of​ ​digital teaching​ ​and​ ​learning​ ​practices ​ Our​ ​vision​ ​of​ ​how​ ​technology may​ ​deepen​ ​and​ ​accelerate​ ​learning​ ​has​ ​not​ ​been​ ​fully implemented,​ ​however,​ ​we​ ​have​ ​a​ ​desire​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​it ​ Our faculty​ ​values​ ​communication​ ​and​ ​collaboration​ ​and​ ​will support​ ​each​ ​other​ ​and​ ​encourage​ ​one​ ​another​ ​in​ ​the development​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​teaching​ ​practices ​ Simply​ ​stated,​ ​our digital​ ​learning​ ​initiatives​ ​are​ ​in​ ​the​ ​very​ ​early​ ​stages​ ​of development,​ ​but​ ​we​ ​have​ ​a​ ​faculty​ ​and​ ​administration​ ​that​ ​are willing​ ​and​ ​capable​ ​of​ ​fully​ ​implementing​ ​digital​ ​teaching​ ​and learning​ ​within​ ​our​ ​school​ ​and​ ​classrooms.

● What​ ​is​ ​working​ ​really​ ​well​ ​in​ ​your​ ​district ​ What​ ​is​ ​not? ○ What​ ​is​ ​working​ ​well ​ The​ ​cohesion​ ​and​ ​communication

Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​4 . between​ ​Venture​ ​Academy’s​ ​faculty​ ​is​ ​perhaps​ ​its​ ​greatest strength ​ Venture’s​ ​teachers​ ​regularly​ ​collaborate​ ​in​ ​teaching and​ ​leadership​ ​responsibilities ​ Teachers​ ​are​ ​empowered​ ​to make​ ​important​ ​decisions​ ​regarding​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​technology within​ ​their​ ​classrooms.

○ Venture​ ​also​ ​recognizes​ ​the​ ​need​ ​for​ ​technology​ ​and​ ​has worked​ ​to​ ​establish​ ​a​ ​nearly​ ​1:1​ ​ration​ ​of​ ​computers​ ​to​ ​students in​ ​grades​ ​9-12​ ​and​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​computer​ ​labs​ ​that​ ​are​ ​available for​ ​all​ ​grades ​ Students​ ​are​ ​also​ ​encouraged​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​their​ ​own devices​ ​(BYOD)​ ​and​ ​use​ ​them​ ​appropriately.

○ Venture​ ​also​ ​has​ ​a​ ​solid ​ internet​ ​system​ ​that​ ​can​ ​be​ ​easily upgraded​ ​to​ ​facilitate​ ​development​ ​of​ ​a​ ​more​ ​robust​ ​Digital Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​program. ○ Venture​ ​Academy​ ​is​ ​working​ ​toward​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​the​ ​school website,​ ​Google​ ​Classroom,​ ​and​ ​PowerSchool​ ​as​ ​an​ ​effective digital​ ​tool​ ​for​ ​teachers,​ ​parents,​ ​and​ ​students. ○ We​ ​have​ ​begun ​ In​ ​some​ ​classes,​ ​there​ ​has​ ​been​ ​a​ ​concerted effort​ ​to​ ​utilize​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​for​ ​instruction​ ​and​ ​assessment, however,​ ​these​ ​have​ ​been​ ​somewhat​ ​limited​ ​due​ ​to​ ​lack​ ​of effective​ ​resources.

○ What​ ​can​ ​be​ ​improved ​ While​ ​we​ ​value​ ​digital​ ​learning,​ ​we have​ ​not​ ​fully​ ​implemented​ ​it​ ​school​ ​wide ​ We​ ​can​ ​better integrate​ ​our​ ​vision​ ​and​ ​goals​ ​for​ ​digital​ ​teaching​ ​and​ ​learning into​ ​the​ ​core​ ​components​ ​of​ ​our​ ​school’s​ ​improvement​ ​plan. ○ Venture​ ​Academy​ ​can​ ​create​ ​more​ ​frequent​ ​and​ ​meaningful opportunities​ ​for​ ​students​ ​to​ ​​“identify,​ ​evaluate,​ ​and​ ​use appropriate​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​and​ ​resources​ ​to​ ​create,​ ​think critically,​ ​solve​ ​problems,​ ​explore​ ​relevant​ ​and​ ​authentic issues,​ ​establish​ ​reliability,​ ​communicate​ ​their​ ​ideas,​ ​and collaborate​ ​effectively ​ We​ ​will​ ​need​ ​to​ ​assess​ ​how​ ​many students​ ​and​ ​teachers​ ​have​ ​full​ ​access​ ​to​ ​the​ ​internet​ ​outside​ ​of school​ ​and​ ​consider​ ​options​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​that​ ​all​ ​do.

○ Venture​ ​Academy​ ​can​ ​implement​ ​a​ ​“diverse,​ ​representative school​ ​leadership​ ​team​ ​[Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning Leadership​ ​Team],​ ​consisting​ ​of​ ​school​ ​administrators, teachers,​ ​students​ ​improve​ ​digital​ ​teaching​ ​and​ ​learning​ ​by expanding​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​for​ ​research,​ ​parents,​ ​and​ ​community members ​ The​ ​leadership​ ​team​ ​can​ ​guide​ ​the​ ​acquisition​ ​of resources,​ ​the​ ​training​ ​of​ ​teachers,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​gathering​ ​of​ ​data​ ​to support​ ​this​ ​program​ ​and​ ​that​ ​empower​ ​teachers​ ​and​ ​students to​ ​use​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​successfully ​ The​ ​leadership​ ​team​ ​should ensure​ ​that​ ​all​ ​“school​ ​leaders”​ ​can​ ​serve​ ​a​ ​lead​ ​learners​ ​for digital​ ​teaching​ ​and​ ​learning​ ​practices,​ ​modeling​ ​effective​ ​use of​ ​high​ ​quality​ ​digital​ ​resources.

Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​5 . ○ Venture​ ​can​ ​provide​ ​more​ ​effective​ ​opportunities​ ​for​ ​students to​ ​have​ ​access​ ​to​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​that​ ​facilitate​ ​remediation​ ​and differentiation. ○ Venture​ ​Academy​ ​can​ ​become​ ​more​ ​data​ ​driven​ ​with​ ​regard​ ​to Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning.​ ​We​ ​currently​ ​only​ ​use​ ​limited data​ ​from​ ​the​ ​state​ ​level​ ​to​ ​inform​ ​our​ ​decisions​ ​regarding digital​ ​teaching​ ​and​ ​learning.​ ​This​ ​grant​ ​will​ ​make​ ​us​ ​more aware​ ​of​ ​the​ ​data,​ ​the​ ​metrics​ ​we​ ​can​ ​use​ ​to​ ​assess improvement,​ ​and​ ​how​ ​we​ ​can​ ​help​ ​our​ ​students​ ​improve​ ​their ability​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​and​ ​succeed.

○ Venture​ ​Academy​ ​can​ ​improve​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​resources​ ​and collections​ ​available​ ​in​ ​our​ ​school​ ​library,​ ​such​ ​as​ ​tools​ ​to digitize​ ​artifacts​ ​for​ ​their​ ​portfolios. ● What​ ​are​ ​the​ ​critical​ ​points​ ​or​ ​trends​ ​you​ ​saw​ ​in​ ​the​ ​data? ○ Perhaps​ ​the​ ​most​ ​critical​ ​point​ ​derived​ ​from​ ​the​ ​assessment​ ​is that​ ​our​ ​students​ ​need​ ​more​ ​frequent​ ​and​ ​consistent opportunities​ ​to​ ​use​ ​the​ ​appropriate​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to deepen​ ​and​ ​accelerate​ ​learning.

○ We​ ​can​ ​improve​ ​the​ ​practice​ ​of​ ​Blended​ ​Learning​ ​within​ ​our classrooms​ ​and​ ​improve​ ​our​ ​knowledge​ ​and​ ​use​ ​of​ ​“best practices”​ ​with​ ​regard​ ​to​ ​digital​ ​teaching​ ​and​ ​learning.

Although​ ​we​ ​place​ ​significant​ ​value​ ​on​ ​technology​ ​at​ ​Venture Academy,​ ​our​ ​resources​ ​are​ ​limited​ ​and​ ​our​ ​use​ ​of​ ​technology is​ ​often​ ​superficial. ○ We​ ​will​ ​need​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​or​ ​find​ ​opportunities​ ​for​ ​our​ ​faculty and​ ​administrators​ ​to​ ​pursue​ ​additional​ ​professional​ ​learning on​ ​leading​ ​digital​ ​transitions,​ ​blended​ ​learning,​ ​and communication.

○ Another​ ​critical​ ​point​ ​is​ ​the​ ​need​ ​to​ ​implement​ ​a​ ​long-term Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​leadership​ ​team​ ​that​ ​will​ ​work to​ ​support​ ​digital​ ​learning​ ​in​ ​all​ ​classrooms. ○ Our​ ​students​ ​have​ ​developed​ ​a​ ​decent​ ​understanding​ ​of​ ​Digital Citizenship,​ ​and​ ​we​ ​are​ ​trending​ ​toward​ ​even​ ​greater​ ​global awareness​ ​and​ ​digital​ ​social​ ​interaction. ● At​ ​your​ ​district,​ ​who​ ​needs​ ​to​ ​be​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​a​ ​discussion​ ​about​ ​this data ​ How​ ​can​ ​you​ ​engage​ ​teachers​ ​and​ ​other​ ​stakeholders? ○ Initially,​ ​the​ ​discussion​ ​should​ ​include​ ​the​ ​Executive​ ​Director, Principals​ ​of​ ​the​ ​High​ ​School​ ​and​ ​Academy,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Digital Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Committee​ ​(consisting​ ​initially​ ​of​ ​Ms.

Bonni​ ​Jones​ ​and​ ​Mr.​ ​Kevin​ ​Wasden,​ ​but​ ​will​ ​expand​ ​with implementation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​grant ​ The​ ​discussion​ ​would​ ​expand​ ​to the​ ​teachers​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​seek​ ​their​ ​input​ ​regarding​ ​digital​ ​needs and​ ​practices ​ We​ ​would​ ​share​ ​our​ ​goals​ ​and​ ​metrics​ ​with​ ​our teachers​ ​to​ ​help​ ​them​ ​understand​ ​the​ ​objectives​ ​and​ ​what​ ​role

Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​6 . they​ ​will​ ​play ​ By​ ​engaging​ ​teachers​ ​early​ ​in​ ​this​ ​discussion, we​ ​will​ ​help​ ​them​ ​feel​ ​more​ ​invested​ ​in​ ​the​ ​program​ ​and willing​ ​to​ ​work​ ​toward​ ​its​ ​success.​ ​Finally,​ ​the​ ​discussion should​ ​be​ ​expanded​ ​to​ ​students​ ​and​ ​their​ ​parents/guardians,​ ​as they​ ​are​ ​important​ ​stakeholders​ ​with​ ​a​ ​significant​ ​investment in​ ​the​ ​results​ ​of​ ​this​ ​initiative.

Document​ ​at​ ​least​ ​3​ ​takeaways​ ​from​ ​your​ ​review​ ​of​ ​your​ ​data​.

● Venture​ ​Academy​ ​can​ ​create​ ​more​ ​frequent​ ​and​ ​meaningful​ ​opportunities​ ​for​ ​students to​ ​​“identify,​ ​evaluate,​ ​and​ ​use​ ​appropriate​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​and​ ​resources​ ​to​ ​create,​ ​think critically,​ ​solve​ ​problems,​ ​explore​ ​relevant​ ​and​ ​authentic​ ​issues,​ ​establish​ ​reliability, communicate​ ​their​ ​ideas,​ ​and​ ​collaborate​ ​effectively​.” ● We​ ​are​ ​trending​ ​toward​ ​even​ ​greater​ ​global​ ​awareness​ ​and​ ​digital​ ​social​ ​interaction. ● We ​ need​ ​to​ ​implement​ ​a​ ​long-term​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​leadership​ ​team​ ​that will​ ​work​ ​to​ ​support​ ​digital​ ​learning​ ​in​ ​all​ ​classrooms​ ​and​ ​ensure​ ​that​ ​student achievement​ ​increases​ ​significantly.

PHASE GUIDING​ ​QUESTIONS Act ● What​ ​does​ ​this​ ​rubric​ ​data​ ​tell​ ​you​ ​about​ ​efforts​ ​you​ ​should​ ​prioritize now ​ Next​ ​school​ ​year? ○ Our​ ​initial​ ​efforts​ ​should​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​forming​ ​a​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching and​ ​Learning​ ​leadership​ ​team​ ​who​ ​will​ ​assume​ ​ownership​ ​of this​ ​initiative​ ​and​ ​work​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​its​ ​long-term​ ​implementation and​ ​to​ ​create​ ​a​ ​schoolwide​ ​culture​ ​and​ ​environment​ ​that​ ​uses digital​ ​tools​ ​to​ ​deepen​ ​and​ ​accelerate​ ​student​ ​learning. ○ We​ ​should​ ​also​ ​consider​ ​cultural​ ​changes​ ​that​ ​will​ ​help​ ​the school​ ​shift​ ​toward​ ​a​ ​“culture​ ​of​ ​intellect”​ ​that​ ​focuses​ ​on student​ ​learning​ ​and​ ​achievement.

○ Upon​ ​receipt​ ​of​ ​the​ ​grant,​ ​within​ ​the​ ​first​ ​three​ ​months,​ ​the leadership​ ​team​ ​will​ ​work​ ​closely​ ​with​ ​the​ ​teachers​ ​to​ ​identify and​ ​purchase​ ​the​ ​needed​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​and​ ​resources. ● What​ ​changes​ ​are​ ​you​ ​going​ ​to​ ​make​ ​based​ ​on​ ​this​ ​data? ○ The​ ​primary​ ​changes​ ​that​ ​will​ ​occur​ ​in​ ​the​ ​beginning​ ​will​ ​be​ ​in leadership​ ​and​ ​training,​ ​as​ ​accomplished​ ​through​ ​professional development ​ Teachers​ ​will​ ​be​ ​taught​ ​how​ ​to​ ​use​ ​digital​ ​tools to​ ​support​ ​Research ​ Reasoning​ ​and​ ​Skills ​ Knowledge​ ​and how​ ​these​ ​practices​ ​can​ ​be​ ​technology-driven​ ​and student-centered.

○ Another​ ​major​ ​change​ ​will​ ​be​ ​in​ ​the​ ​school​ ​culture,​ ​placing greater​ ​emphasis​ ​on​ ​using​ ​technology​ ​in​ ​problem-based learning​ ​experiences.​ ​Culturally,​ ​we​ ​will​ ​shift​ ​to​ ​learning​ ​for

Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​7 . understanding,​ ​and​ ​not​ ​simply​ ​knowing. ○ We​ ​will​ ​also​ ​need​ ​to​ ​change​ ​the​ ​environment​ ​in​ ​the​ ​way​ ​we talk​ ​about​ ​and​ ​use​ ​technological​ ​tools​ ​and​ ​resources,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as offering​ ​frequent​ ​opportunities​ ​for​ ​students​ ​to​ ​use​ ​these​ ​tools​ ​in the​ ​process​ ​of​ ​learning.

● How​ ​do​ ​these​ ​data​ ​inform​ ​local​ ​policy? ○ The​ ​data​ ​has​ ​enlarged​ ​the​ ​vision​ ​of​ ​our​ ​local​ ​policy​ ​makers​ ​and given​ ​them​ ​more​ ​focus​ ​and​ ​commitment​ ​to​ ​encouraging​ ​the necessary​ ​changes​ ​to​ ​make​ ​this​ ​program​ ​work. Identify​ ​two​ ​things​ ​you​ ​should​ ​do​ ​based​ ​on​ ​the​ ​data​ ​and​ ​who​ ​in​ ​your​ ​district​ ​should​ ​be involved​ ​in​ ​next​ ​steps.

● Venture​ ​Academy​ ​can​ ​implement​ ​a​ ​“diverse,​ ​representative​ ​school​ ​leadership​ ​team [Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Leadership​ ​Team],​ ​consisting​ ​of​ ​school​ ​administrators, teachers,​ ​students​ ​improve​ ​digital​ ​teaching​ ​and​ ​learning​ ​by​ ​expanding​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​for research,​ ​parents,​ ​and​ ​community​ ​members ​ This​ ​team​ ​will​ ​create​ ​the​ ​policies​ ​that will​ ​govern​ ​the​ ​program​ ​and​ ​ensure​ ​its​ ​long-term​ ​sustainability ​ They​ ​will​ ​also​ ​refine the​ ​goals​ ​and​ ​vision​ ​of​ ​the​ ​program​ ​and​ ​implement​ ​the​ ​teacher​ ​and​ ​administrative training​ ​programs.

● Review​ ​the​ ​state​ ​level​ ​data,​ ​such​ ​as​ ​ACT​ ​and​ ​SAGE​ ​scores,​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​identify​ ​the areas​ ​of​ ​greatest​ ​need​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​guide​ ​the​ ​design​ ​and​ ​implementation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​digital teaching​ ​and​ ​learning​ ​program​ ​within​ ​our​ ​school. ● Who​ ​should​ ​be​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​the​ ​next​ ​steps ​ The​ ​Executive​ ​Director ​ the​ ​high​ ​school principal,​ ​the​ ​academy​ ​principal,​ ​a​ ​representative​ ​from​ ​the​ ​school​ ​board,​ ​and PHASE GUIDING​ ​QUESTIONS Share ● How​ ​should​ ​you​ ​share​ ​your​ ​interpretation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​data​ ​with​ ​staff? Parents?​ ​School​ ​board?

○ Data​ ​will​ ​be​ ​shared​ ​with​ ​the​ ​administration​ ​through​ ​regular weekly​ ​meetings​ ​and​ ​updates ​ It​ ​will​ ​be​ ​shared​ ​with​ ​the​ ​staff through​ ​regular​ ​professional​ ​development​ ​meetings​ ​each month ​ Data​ ​will​ ​be​ ​provided​ ​to​ ​parents​ ​through​ ​semi-annual parent​ ​meetings,​ ​the​ ​school​ ​website,​ ​and​ ​Student-Led Conferences​ ​(Parent-Teacher​ ​Conferences ​ And​ ​finally,​ ​data will​ ​be​ ​shared​ ​with​ ​the​ ​School​ ​Board​ ​through​ ​semi-annual presentations​ ​at​ ​monthly​ ​board​ ​meetings.

○ A​ ​blog​ ​could​ ​be​ ​could​ ​be​ ​created​ ​to​ ​share​ ​information​ ​about the​ ​program,​ ​weekly​ ​updates,​ ​and​ ​tips​ ​for​ ​students​ ​and​ ​parents to​ ​increase​ ​digital​ ​learning​ ​opportunities​ ​in​ ​the​ ​home​ ​and community.

● Who​ ​should​ ​have​ ​this​ ​information?

Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​8 . ○ The​ ​information​ ​should​ ​be​ ​available​ ​to​ ​all​ ​stakeholders. ● How​ ​can​ ​your​ ​data​ ​support​ ​current​ ​or​ ​ongoing​ ​initiatives​ ​in​ ​your district? ○ The​ ​foremost​ ​digital​ ​initiative​ ​at​ ​our​ ​school​ ​is​ ​establishing​ ​a 1:1​ ​ratio​ ​of​ ​Chromebooks​ ​to​ ​students ​ We​ ​have​ ​attained approximately​ ​90%​ ​of​ ​this​ ​goal ​ We​ ​will​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​work​ ​to complete​ ​this​ ​goal​ ​and​ ​the​ ​data​ ​derived​ ​from​ ​the​ ​North Carolina​ ​Digital​ ​Learning​ ​Plan​ ​to​ ​better​ ​use​ ​the​ ​Chromebooks to​ ​support​ ​student​ ​learning​ ​and​ ​effective​ ​teaching.

● What​ ​is​ ​your​ ​vision​ ​for​ ​getting​ ​additional​ ​input​ ​as​ ​you​ ​go​ ​through​ ​the planning​ ​process?

○ Seeking​ ​and​ ​responding​ ​to​ ​feedback​ ​from​ ​UEN ○ Seeking​ ​consultation​ ​from​ ​our​ ​IT​ ​services​ ​companies. ○ Speaking​ ​with​ ​other​ ​schools​ ​who​ ​have​ ​developed​ ​or​ ​are developing​ ​similar​ ​programs. Note​ ​how​ ​and​ ​with​ ​whom​ ​this​ ​data​ ​should​ ​be​ ​shared. ● Executive​ ​Director,​ ​Academy​ ​Principal,​ ​and​ ​School​ ​Board ​ Updates​ ​during​ ​monthly board​ ​meetings,​ ​provided​ ​by​ ​a​ ​representative​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning Leadership​ ​Team.

● Principal​ ​of​ ​the​ ​High​ ​School ​ Weekly​ ​updates,​ ​as​ ​needed,​ ​during​ ​administrative meetings ​ Updates​ ​during​ ​monthly​ ​board​ ​meetings,​ ​provided​ ​by​ ​a​ ​representative​ ​of​ ​the Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Leadership​ ​Team.

● Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Leadership​ ​Team ​ Weekly​ ​meetings ● Teachers ​ Updates​ ​through​ ​Professional​ ​Development,​ ​as​ ​needed ​ Regular​ ​monthly Professional​ ​Development​ ​on​ ​effective​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning. ● Students ​ Information​ ​will​ ​be​ ​provided​ ​to​ ​students​ ​through​ ​Crew​ ​and​ ​through classrooms,​ ​relevant​ ​to​ ​the​ ​content​ ​of​ ​each​ ​class.​ ​Data​ ​relevant​ ​to​ ​Grade​ ​Level​ ​will​ ​be provided​ ​as​ ​needed​ ​through​ ​Grade​ ​Level​ ​Crew.

● Parents ​ Data​ ​will​ ​be​ ​provided​ ​through​ ​annual​ ​parent​ ​meetings,​ ​Student​ ​Led Conferences,​ ​and​ ​online​ ​forums​ ​such​ ​as​ ​the​ ​website​ ​and​ ​the​ ​school’s​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching and​ ​Learning​ ​blog. PHASE GUIDING​ ​QUESTIONS Collect ● What​ ​local​ ​data​ ​do​ ​you​ ​already​ ​have​ ​available? ○ ACT​ ​scores​ ​and​ ​trends​ ​for​ ​eleventh​ ​grade​ ​students​ ​for​ ​each school​ ​year​ ​since​ ​2013. ○ SAGE​ ​scores​ ​for​ ​each​ ​year,​ ​with​ ​information​ ​on​ ​the​ ​percent​ ​of students​ ​proficient​ ​in​ ​each​ ​grade​ ​in​ ​ELA,​ ​Mathematics,​ ​and Science.

○ Annual​ ​Grade​ ​Point​ ​Averages ○ Graduation​ ​Rates ● What​ ​new​ ​data​ ​do​ ​you​ ​need​ ​to​ ​collect?

Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​9 . ○ The​ ​frequency​ ​of​ ​student-centered​ ​activities​ ​and​ ​lessons​ ​in​ ​our classrooms. ○ Digital​ ​tools​ ​and​ ​resources​ ​that​ ​are​ ​vetted​ ​to​ ​help​ ​students​ ​with learning,​ ​research​ ​and​ ​reasoning ​ We​ ​also​ ​need​ ​best​ ​practices for​ ​using​ ​them. ● What​ ​about​ ​qualitative​ ​data? ○ We​ ​need​ ​to​ ​know​ ​how​ ​students​ ​think​ ​about​ ​their​ ​academic abilities.

○ We​ ​need​ ​to​ ​know​ ​students​ ​perceptions​ ​about​ ​their​ ​learning, what​ ​is​ ​working​ ​and​ ​what​ ​is​ ​not. List​ ​other​ ​data​ ​you​ ​already​ ​have​ ​available​ ​and​ ​additional​ ​data​ ​that​ ​you​ ​need. ● Data​ ​we​ ​have: ○ ACT​ ​scores​ ​and​ ​trends​ ​for​ ​eleventh​ ​grade​ ​students​ ​for​ ​each​ ​school​ ​year​ ​since 2013. ○ SAGE​ ​scores​ ​for​ ​each​ ​year,​ ​with​ ​information​ ​on​ ​the​ ​percent​ ​of​ ​students proficient​ ​in​ ​each​ ​grade​ ​in​ ​ELA,​ ​Mathematics,​ ​and​ ​Science.​ ​As​ ​our​ ​Digital Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​program​ ​will​ ​begin​ ​with​ ​grades​ ​9-12,​ ​we​ ​will​ ​focus​ ​on proficiency​ ​levels​ ​from​ ​8th​ ​grade​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​assess​ ​improvement​ ​in​ ​each​ ​grade.

○ Annual​ ​Grade​ ​Point​ ​Averages ○ Graduation​ ​Rates ● Data​ ​we​ ​need: ○ Frequency​ ​and​ ​types​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​teaching​ ​and​ ​learning​ ​practices​ ​currently​ ​being implemented​ ​in​ ​each​ ​classroom ○

Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​10 . II ​ INVENTORY​ ​OF​ ​CURRENT​ ​TECHNOLOGY​ ​RESOURCES An​ ​inventory​ ​of​ ​Venture​ ​Academy’s​ ​current​ ​technology​ ​resources,​ ​as​ ​provided​ ​by​ ​UEN,​ ​is included​ ​in​ ​the​ ​attached​ ​files ​ Please​ ​see​ ​file​ ​“VentureAcademy_InventoryJan2016.xlsx.” The​ ​inventory​ ​demonstrates​ ​an​ ​effort​ ​by​ ​Venture​ ​Academy​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​a​ ​1:1​ ​ratio​ ​of​ ​computers​ ​to students​ ​in​ ​grades​ ​9th​ ​through​ ​12th ​ At​ ​the​ ​beginning​ ​of​ ​the​ ​2016-17​ ​school​ ​year,​ ​Venture Academy​ ​had​ ​provided​ ​computers​ ​for​ ​approximately​ ​90%​ ​of​ ​the​ ​students​ ​in​ ​grades​ ​9​ ​through​ ​12.

In​ ​kindergarten​ ​through​ ​8th​ ​grade,​ ​computer​ ​labs​ ​are​ ​provided ​ Our​ ​current​ ​inventory​ ​of computers​ ​will​ ​be​ ​integrated​ ​into​ ​our​ ​three-year​ ​proposed​ ​program--especially​ ​in​ ​grades​ ​9th through​ ​12th,​ ​where​ ​we​ ​will​ ​focus​ ​our​ ​initial​ ​efforts​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​this​ ​program ​ With​ ​regard​ ​to software,​ ​Venture​ ​relies​ ​heavily​ ​on​ ​services​ ​provided​ ​by​ ​Google,​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Gmail,​ ​Drive, Documents,​ ​and​ ​Classroom ​ We​ ​will​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​these​ ​services​ ​for​ ​our​ ​students​ ​and faculty ​ These​ ​will​ ​be​ ​fully​ ​integrated​ ​into​ ​our​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​program.

Venture​ ​Academy​ ​has​ ​also​ ​directed​ ​significant​ ​time​ ​and​ ​resources​ ​into​ ​making​ ​the​ ​internet accessible​ ​to​ ​all​ ​students​ ​within​ ​the​ ​school ​ Our​ ​internet​ ​service​ ​is​ ​provided​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Utah Education​ ​Network ​ In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​UEN’s​ ​services,​ ​we​ ​have​ ​built​ ​in​ ​additional​ ​security​ ​filters and​ ​monitoring​ ​programs​ ​to​ ​help​ ​ensure​ ​students​ ​are​ ​protected​ ​online ​ We​ ​will​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​work closely​ ​with​ ​our​ ​private​ ​network​ ​service​ ​provider,​ ​H-Wire​ ​Technology​ ​Solutions,​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​that students​ ​and​ ​teachers​ ​have​ ​access​ ​to​ ​the​ ​internet​ ​from​ ​all​ ​instructional​ ​spaces​ ​and​ ​commons​ ​areas and​ ​that​ ​our​ ​network​ ​system​ ​is​ ​capable​ ​of​ ​providing​ ​the​ ​services​ ​required​ ​for​ ​our​ ​technologies and​ ​programs ​ Our​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​program​ ​will​ ​utilize​ ​our​ ​network​ ​and​ ​internet

Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​11 . services​ ​as​ ​its​ ​backbone ​ These​ ​services​ ​can​ ​be​ ​upgraded​ ​easily​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​the​ ​needs​ ​of​ ​new​ ​digital tools​ ​and​ ​resources. By​ ​integrating​ ​our​ ​current​ ​inventory​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​and​ ​services​ ​into​ ​this​ ​program,​ ​we​ ​will​ ​be able​ ​to​ ​direct​ ​the​ ​bulk​ ​of​ ​the​ ​grant​ ​toward​ ​more​ ​advanced​ ​technologies​ ​and​ ​services​ ​that​ ​will support​ ​deeper,​ ​accelerated​ ​learning.

We​ ​will​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​future​ ​inventory​ ​efforts​ ​with​ ​UETN​ ​as​ ​requested.

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