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.

Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​12 . LEA​ ​CAPACITY​ ​AND​ ​GOALS III ​ STATEMENT​ ​OF​ ​PURPOSE​ ​THAT​ ​DESCRIBES​ ​THE​ ​LEARNING​ ​OBJECTIVES, GOALS,​ ​MEASURABLE​ ​OUTCOMES,​ ​AND​ ​METRICS​ ​OF​ ​SUCCESS Statement​ ​of​ ​Purpose The​ ​purpose​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​technology​ ​and​ ​curriculum​ ​at​ ​Venture​ ​Academy​ ​is​ ​to​ ​support​ ​student achievement​ ​and​ ​teacher​ ​instruction​ ​without​ ​replacing​ ​authentic​ ​teacher-student​ ​and student-student​ ​interactions​ ​and​ ​connections.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​the​ ​intent​ ​of​ ​Venture’s​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and Learning​ ​Program​ ​to​ ​facilitate​ ​the​ ​delivery​ ​of​ ​the​ ​digital​ ​hardware,​ ​software,​ ​services,​ ​and professional​ ​development​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​that​ ​our​ ​students​ ​realize​ ​their​ ​fullest​ ​potential​ ​in academic,​ ​character,​ ​and​ ​community​ ​development.

It​ ​is​ ​important​ ​to​ ​be​ ​aware​ ​of​ ​Venture​ ​Academy’s​ ​Mission​ ​Statement,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​the​ ​school’s Five​ ​Dimensions​ ​of​ ​Student​ ​Achievement​ ​and​ ​its​ ​Community​ ​Stewardship​ ​model,​ ​as​ ​these​ ​will guide​ ​the​ ​development​ ​and​ ​implementation​ ​of​ ​our​ ​technology​ ​plan ​ All​ ​Venture​ ​Academy’s digital​ ​teaching​ ​and​ ​learning​ ​programs​ ​and​ ​curriculum​ ​should​ ​build​ ​upon​ ​these​ ​criterion. Venture​ ​Academy​ ​Mission​ ​Statement The mission of Venture Academy is to inspire the rising generation to reach the heights of their potential, to ignite their curiosity to venture into challenging new learning experiences, and, through service, to empower them to be leaders who are committed to family and community...then​ ​they​ ​can​ ​achieve​ ​their​ ​dreams​ ​and​ ​shape​ ​their​ ​world.

Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​13 . Venture​ ​Academy’s​ ​Five​ ​Dimensions​ ​of​ ​Student​ ​Achievement In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​state​ ​and​ ​national​ ​standards,​ ​Venture​ ​Academy​ ​assesses​ ​student​ ​success​ ​within​ ​the following​ ​five​ ​categories: 1. Individual​ ​growth​ ​in​ ​basic​ ​skills ​ general​ ​knowledge. 2. The ability to conduct inquiry and critically analyze issues across the curriculum (research​ ​and​ ​reasoning).

3. The​ ​application​ ​of​ ​new​ ​knowledge​ ​and​ ​skills​ ​to​ ​the​ ​service​ ​of​ ​others.

4. The creation of high quality products and performances that document and share student learning. 5. The development of character, as demonstrated through habits of work, the identification and​ ​development​ ​of​ ​personal​ ​talents,​ ​and​ ​ethical​ ​growth. Venture​ ​Academy’s​ ​Community​ ​Stewardship​ ​Model Venture​ ​Academy​ ​seeks​ ​to​ ​give​ ​purpose​ ​to​ ​learning​ ​through​ ​its​ ​Community​ ​Stewardship​ ​Model. This​ ​model​ ​guides​ ​the​ ​development​ ​of​ ​the​ ​school​ ​community​ ​and​ ​helps​ ​students​ ​recognize​ ​that their​ ​learning​ ​has​ ​meaning​ ​when​ ​in​ ​the​ ​service​ ​of​ ​others ​ The​ ​Community​ ​Stewardship​ ​Model​ ​is consists​ ​of​ ​the​ ​following​ ​six​ ​components: 1.

Proximity: Proximity is nearness in space, time, and relationships. Proximity fosters all other​ ​components​ ​of​ ​the​ ​model.

2. Interaction: Interaction is the shaping of positive reciprocal actions that build trust and commitments. 3. Contribution: Contribution is the giving of one’s knowledge, talents, and time to a common​ ​purpose.

Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​14 . 4. Interdependence: Interdependence is the development of mutual reliance within an industrious​ ​group. 5. Connectedness ​ Connectedness​ ​is​ ​the​ ​creation​ ​and​ ​nurture​ ​of​ ​feelings​ ​of​ ​belonging. 6. Stewardship: Stewardship is the willing acceptance of responsibility for the people, places,​ ​and​ ​culture​ ​of​ ​a​ ​community.

Venture​ ​Academy’s​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching ​ Learning​ ​Mission​ ​Statement 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.

Root​ ​Causes​ ​of​ ​Performance​ ​Challenge We​ ​have​ ​identified​ ​several​ ​root​ ​causes​ ​of​ ​performance​ ​challenge​ ​that​ ​we​ ​hope​ ​to​ ​mitigate through​ ​implementation​ ​of​ ​this​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​plan,​ ​beginning​ ​with​ ​grade​ ​levels 9-12,​ ​then​ ​later​ ​expanding​ ​to​ ​grades​ ​K-8 ​ These​ ​include:

  • Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​15 .
  • Many​ ​students​ ​are​ ​failing​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​deeply​ ​and​ ​therefore​ ​are​ ​not​ ​retaining​ ​the​ ​information that​ ​they​ ​are​ ​taught.
  • Many​ ​students​ ​are​ ​entering​ ​high​ ​school​ ​with​ ​significant​ ​deficiencies​ ​in​ ​math,​ ​reading, writing,​ ​and​ ​comprehension​ ​and​ ​are​ ​not​ ​being​ ​provided​ ​with​ ​sufficient​ ​opportunities​ ​for remediation.
  • Students​ ​are​ ​not​ ​provided​ ​with​ ​specific,​ ​consistent,​ ​or​ ​frequent​ ​feedback​ ​that​ ​can accelerate​ ​learning​ ​and​ ​success.
  • Teachers​ ​often​ ​do​ ​not​ ​use​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​effectively​ ​to​ ​help​ ​students​ ​accelerate​ ​and​ ​deepen learning.
  • Teachers​ ​often​ ​lack​ ​the​ ​training​ ​and​ ​experience​ ​necessary​ ​to​ ​use​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​and curriculum​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​increase​ ​student​ ​engagement.
  • Many​ ​students​ ​do​ ​not​ ​respond​ ​well​ ​to​ ​or​ ​retain​ ​information​ ​when​ ​traditional​ ​instructivist methods​ ​are​ ​used.
  • Our​ ​use​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Highlands​ ​Ability​ ​Battery​ ​pointed​ ​out​ ​that​ ​many​ ​students​ ​are​ ​low​ ​in auditory​ ​memory​ ​and/or​ ​verbal​ ​memory​ ​(written​ ​text)​ ​putting​ ​them​ ​at​ ​a​ ​disadvantage​ ​and making​ ​it​ ​difficult​ ​for​ ​them​ ​to​ ​be​ ​successful​ ​when​ ​formative​ ​learning​ ​and​ ​summative assessments​ ​are​ ​always​ ​using​ ​those​ ​forms​ ​of​ ​communicating.

Learning​ ​Objectives,​ ​Outcomes,​ ​and​ ​Metrics Venture​ ​Academy​ ​will​ ​use​ ​a​ ​Local​ ​Baseline​ ​(Option​ ​B)​ ​to​ ​measure​ ​the​ ​progress​ ​of​ ​our​ ​DT&L program ​ Listed​ ​below​ ​are​ ​our​ ​foreseeable​ ​objectives,​ ​goals,​ ​and​ ​outcomes,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​the metrics​ ​we​ ​will​ ​use​ ​to​ ​assess​ ​progress.

  • Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​16 . Learning​ ​Objective​ ​1 ​ ​ Students​ ​can​ ​use​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​to​ ​gain​ ​general​ ​knowledge,​ ​employ effective​ ​research​ ​strategies,​ ​and​ ​create​ ​high​ ​quality​ ​products.
  • Long-Term​ ​Outcome ​ By​ ​June​ ​2020,​ ​our​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Program​ ​will help​ ​students​ ​demonstrate​ ​deeper​ ​learning​ ​by​ ​attaining​ ​average​ ​school​ ​ACT​ ​scores​ ​that meet​ ​or​ ​exceed​ ​the​ ​state’s​ ​five-year​ ​average​ ​ACT​ ​scores​ ​in​ ​both​ ​math​ ​and​ ​science.
  • Metric:​ ​​Data​ ​will​ ​be​ ​collected​ ​from​ ​official​ ​yearly​ ​ACT​ ​testing ​ Data​ ​will be​ ​compared​ ​to​ ​baseline​ ​school​ ​data,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​state​ ​and​ ​national​ ​averages in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​assess​ ​effectiveness.
  • Intermediate​ ​Outcome:​​ ​Students​ ​will​ ​demonstrate​ ​annual​ ​progress​ ​toward​ ​our long-term​ ​outcome​ ​by​ ​showing​ ​annual​ ​improvement​ ​on​ ​ACT​ ​Testing​ ​and​ ​school administered​ ​ACT​ ​practice​ ​Tests.
  • Metric:​ ​​Average​ ​annual​ ​ACT​ ​test​ ​results​ ​for​ ​the​ ​school​ ​will​ ​be​ ​compared to​ ​our​ ​baseline​ ​data,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​state​ ​and​ ​national​ ​averages.
  • Direct​ ​Outcome ​ Students​ ​will​ ​demonstrate​ ​a​ ​significant​ ​improvement​ ​in​ ​understanding of​ ​course​ ​content,​ ​as​ ​measured​ ​by​ ​average​ ​improvement​ ​in​ ​student​ ​grades,​ ​particularly​ ​in Math​ ​and​ ​Science​ ​during​ ​year​ ​one.

Metric ​ ​ A​ ​random​ ​sampling​ ​of​ ​student​ ​grades​ ​in​ ​math​ ​and​ ​science​ ​will​ ​be used​ ​to​ ​assess​ ​improvement. Learning​ ​Objective​ ​2 ​ Teachers​ ​can​ ​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.

  • Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​17 .
  • Long-Term​ ​Outcome​ ​1:​​ ​To​ ​increase​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​Digital​ ​tools​ ​and​ ​the​ ​integration​ ​of digitally-supported​ ​curriculums​ ​schoolwide​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​support​ ​and​ ​improve​ ​student learning​ ​and​ ​achievement.
  • Metric:​ ​​Teachers​ ​and​ ​students​ ​will​ ​complete​ ​an​ ​online​ ​fidelity​ ​survey​ ​that will​ ​provide​ ​evidence​ ​of​ ​the​ ​implementation​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​and curriculum.
  • Intermediate​ ​Outcome ​ Venture​ ​Academy​ ​will​ ​attain​ ​an​ ​“Advanced”​ ​(37-54​ ​points) score​ ​on​ ​the​ ​North​ ​Carolina​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Progress​ ​Rubric​ ​by​ ​June 2019.​ ​This​ ​outcome​ ​will​ ​demonstrate​ ​improvement​ ​in​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​and​ ​related best​ ​practices​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​improve​ ​student​ ​learning.
  • Metric:​ ​​The​ ​North​ ​Carolina​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Progress Rubric​ ​will​ ​be​ ​completed​ ​annually​ ​to​ ​assess​ ​our​ ​progress​ ​and​ ​reevaluate and​ ​revise ​ our​ ​goals​ ​and​ ​actions​ ​as​ ​we​ ​work​ ​toward​ ​our​ ​Long-Term Outcome..
  • Direct​ ​Outcome​:​ ​LEA​ ​will​ ​provide​ ​a​ ​1:1​ ​ratio​ ​of​ ​computers​ ​to​ ​students​ ​for​ ​grades​ ​9-12 by​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​SY​ ​2018-19.
  • Metric:​ ​​Inventory​ ​of​ ​Current​ ​Technology​ ​Resources​ ​and​ ​Student​ ​Body Enrollment​ ​Records. Learning​ ​Objective​ ​3 ​ ​ Students​ ​can​ ​use​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​to​ ​facilitate​ ​college​ ​readiness​ ​through higher-order​ ​problem​ ​solving,​ ​improved​ ​portfolio​ ​development,​ ​and​ ​college​ ​exploration.
  • Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​18 .
  • Long-Term​ ​Outcome​ ​1 ​ Improvement​ ​in​ ​college​ ​readiness​ ​as​ ​measured​ ​by​ ​student admission​ ​index​ ​scores;​ ​with​ ​a​ ​goal​ ​to​ ​increase​ ​the​ ​average​ ​12th​ ​grade​ ​student’s​ ​score​ ​by 2​ ​points​ ​by​ ​May​ ​2020.
  • Metric:​ ​​We​ ​will​ ​use​ ​the​ ​Utah​ ​State​ ​University​ ​Admissions​ ​Index​ ​(based on​ ​ACT/GPA)​ ​to​ ​measure​ ​improvement ​ Students​ ​will​ ​work​ ​with​ ​their Crew​ ​Leaders​ ​to​ ​maintain​ ​and​ ​review​ ​this​ ​information​ ​in​ ​their​ ​Portfolios. Index​ ​scores​ ​will​ ​be​ ​reviewed​ ​by​ ​the​ ​School​ ​Counselor​ ​each​ ​year.
  • Intermediate​ ​Outcome:​​ ​By​ ​June​ ​2020,​ ​one-hundred​ ​percent​ ​of​ ​Venture​ ​High​ ​School Seniors​ ​will​ ​graduate​ ​with​ ​a​ ​post-secondary​ ​3-year​ ​“Pathway​ ​to​ ​Success”​ ​plan​ ​based​ ​on college​ ​and​ ​career​ ​goals.
  • Metric:​ ​​These​ ​transition​ ​plans​ ​will​ ​be​ ​facilitated​ ​and ​ tracked​ ​in​ ​a database​ ​maintained​ ​by​ ​the​ ​12th​ ​Grade​ ​“Pathways”​ ​Team.
  • Direct​ ​Outcome ​ Students​ ​will​ ​use​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​to​ ​increase​ ​awareness​ ​of​ ​college programs,​ ​college​ ​information,​ ​and ​ admission​ ​requirements.
  • Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​19 .
  • Metric:​ ​​Students​ ​will​ ​complete​ ​a​ ​College​ ​Plan​ ​Worksheet​ ​annually,​ ​with specific​ ​information​ ​relative​ ​to​ ​their​ ​grade​ ​level ​ This​ ​worksheet​ ​will​ ​be maintained​ ​in​ ​their​ ​portfolios​ ​and​ ​reviewed​ ​by​ ​their​ ​Crew​ ​Leader.. ​ ​Learning​ ​Objective​ ​4 ​ ​ Students​ ​will​ ​gain​ ​a​ ​greater​ ​understanding​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​stewardship​ ​and the​ ​role​ ​technology​ ​can​ ​provide​ ​in​ ​serving​ ​local​ ​and​ ​global​ ​communities.
  • Long-Term​ ​Outcome​ ​1:​​ ​Students​ ​will​ ​use​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​to​ ​discover,​ ​facilitate,​ ​and support​ ​service​ ​opportunities​ ​and​ ​to​ ​interact​ ​respectfully​ ​with​ ​local​ ​and​ ​global communities.
  • Metric:​​ ​Data​ ​will​ ​be​ ​collected​ ​through​ ​an​ ​annual​ ​survey​ ​provided​ ​to teachers​ ​and​ ​students​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​assess​ ​the​ ​use​ ​and​ ​effectiveness​ ​of​ ​digital tools​ ​in​ ​supporting​ ​digital​ ​stewardship​ ​and​ ​service​ ​learning. ○ Intermediate​ ​Outcome ​ . Students​ ​will​ ​engage​ ​in​ ​positive,​ ​safe,​ ​legal,​ ​and​ ​ethical behaviors​ ​when​ ​using​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​and​ ​when​ ​interacting​ ​online.
  • Metric ​ Incidence​ ​involving​ ​the​ ​misuse​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​will​ ​be documented ​ We​ ​will​ ​establish​ ​a​ ​baseline​ ​during​ ​year​ ​one,​ ​then​ ​compare subsequent​ ​years​ ​to​ ​the​ ​baseline​ ​over​ ​the​ ​course​ ​of​ ​three​ ​years​ ​with​ ​an expectation​ ​of​ ​reducing​ ​such​ ​incidents​ ​over​ ​the​ ​course​ ​of​ ​the​ ​initial three-year​ ​implementation​ ​of​ ​this​ ​program ​ Misuse​ ​would​ ​be​ ​defined​ ​as any​ ​bullying,​ ​harassment,​ ​plagiarism,​ ​accessing​ ​inappropriate​ ​websites, etc.,​ ​that​ ​involve​ ​the​ ​direct​ ​use​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​such​ ​as​ ​computers,​ ​mobile phones,​ ​etc.,​ ​while​ ​on​ ​school​ ​grounds.
  • Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​20 . ○ Direct​ ​Outcome ​ Students​ ​will​ ​treat​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​and​ ​personal​ ​data​ ​with​ ​respect and​ ​integrity.
  • Metric ​ ​ A​ ​reduction​ ​in​ ​the​ ​number​ ​of​ ​computers​ ​and​ ​digital​ ​tools​ ​in​ ​need of​ ​repair​ ​due​ ​to​ ​misuse.

Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​21 . IV ​ IMPLEMENTATION​ ​PROCESS​ ​STRUCTURED​ ​TO​ ​YIELD​ ​SCHOOL​ ​LEVEL OUTCOMES Year​ ​One,​ ​SY​ ​2017-18 Activity Timeline Roles ​ Responsibilities Communication​ ​Plan Share​ ​DT&L​ ​Plan,​ ​Scope &​ ​Sequence,​ ​and​ ​Policies with​ ​stakeholders/teachers September ​ October​ ​2017 DT&L​ ​Team, Administration Faculty​ ​Meeting, “One-Pagers”​ ​to​ ​explain program​ ​highlights​ ​and procedures ​ Email​ ​to parents​ ​and​ ​community members​ ​to​ ​introduce​ ​the program,​ ​Presentation​ ​at Board​ ​Meeting, Collection​ ​of​ ​Baseline Data​ ​from​ ​students​ ​and teachers​ ​(includes surveys,​ ​student​ ​grades, ACT​ ​results,​ ​and​ ​ACT practice​ ​Tests) September 2017-December ​ 2017 DT&L​ ​Team,​ ​Teachers Email;​ ​Google Documents​ ​and​ ​Forms; Share​ ​findings​ ​with​ ​Board of​ ​Directors​ ​via​ ​email​ ​and meetings, Set​ ​specific​ ​DT&L​ ​goals within​ ​each​ ​Department based​ ​on​ ​the​ ​North Carolina​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching and​ ​Learning​ ​Progress Rubric September 2017-December​ ​2017 DT&L​ ​Team, PD​ ​Meeting,​ ​Email, Google​ ​Documents, Development​ ​of​ ​DT&L curriculum​ ​and integration​ ​plans​ ​for​ ​each department September 2017-December​ ​2017 DT&L​ ​Team,​ ​Teachers Email,​ ​Faculty​ ​and Department​ ​Meetings, Google​ ​Documents, Training​ ​students​ ​to develop​ ​Digital​ ​Portfolios for​ ​Passage​ ​and​ ​College Admissions August​ ​2017-October 2017 DT&L​ ​Team,​ ​Crew Teachers Email,​ ​PD​ ​Meetings, Crew​ ​Leadership Meetings,​ ​“One-Pager” and​ ​Rubric​ ​for​ ​students and​ ​parents/guardians, Provide​ ​training​ ​for Integration​ ​of​ ​Google Classroom​ ​into​ ​80%​ ​of classrooms ​ Provide​ ​basic training​ ​and​ ​access​ ​to parents/guardians.

August​ ​2017-October 2017 DT&L​ ​Team, Administration Email,​ ​PD​ ​Meetings, Google​ ​Documents,​ ​Also provide​ ​instructions​ ​and documents​ ​to parents/guardians​ ​for home​ ​support, Regular​ ​work​ ​on​ ​College Plan​ ​Worksheets​ ​in​ ​Crew August​ ​2017-March​ ​2018 DT&L​ ​Team,​ ​Crew Leaders,​ ​Students Google​ ​Classroom,​ ​Crew Class​ ​Discussions, Students​ ​will​ ​share​ ​these

Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​22 . plans​ ​with​ ​their parents/guardians​ ​at Student​ ​Led​ ​Conferences twice​ ​per​ ​year, Implementation​ ​of MathSpace​ ​software​ ​and curriculum​ ​in​ ​all​ ​math classes,​ ​9-12.

August​ ​2017-September 2017 DT&L​ ​Team,​ ​Math Teachers PD​ ​Meetings,​ ​Email, Provide​ ​basic​ ​MathSpace information​ ​to parents/guardians​ ​via email​ ​and​ ​“One-Pager” documents,, “Pathways”​ ​workshops, with​ ​preparation​ ​and digital​ ​support​ ​for​ ​ACT practice​ ​test​ ​for​ ​all Juniors.

December​ ​4-8,​ ​2017 Administration, Assessment​ ​Specialist, Teachers Email,​ ​Meetings,​ ​live sessions​ ​with​ ​students, Administration​ ​of​ ​ACT practice​ ​test. December​ ​13,​ ​2017 Administration,​ ​Teachers, Live​ ​session​ ​with students,​ ​Provide​ ​debrief opportunity​ ​for​ ​students, Share​ ​results​ ​with​ ​parents and​ ​Board​ ​Members, Review​ ​of​ ​Department goals​ ​and​ ​digital integration​ ​plans. January​ ​2018 DT&L​ ​Team,​ ​Teachers Email,​ ​Department Meetings Purchase​ ​of​ ​first​ ​phase​ ​of Digital​ ​hardware​ ​and software​ ​based​ ​on Department​ ​goals​ ​and needs​ ​oriented​ ​toward LEA’s​ ​DT&L​ ​Mission Statement January​ ​2018 DT&L​ ​Team, Administration, Meeting,​ ​Email, Digital​ ​Stewardship GRID​ ​in​ ​all​ ​Crews By​ ​February​ ​21,​ ​2018 DT&L​ ​Team,​ ​Crew Teachers Email,​ ​PD​ ​Meetings​ ​to train​ ​teachers,​ ​Live session​ ​with​ ​student​ ​in crew,​ ​“One-Pager” handout​ ​for​ ​parents, “Pathways”​ ​session​ ​2, preparation​ ​and​ ​digital support​ ​for​ ​ACT​ ​for Juniors.

February​ ​12-16,​ ​2018 Teachers Email,​ ​Meetings,​ ​live sessions​ ​with​ ​students, ACT​ ​administered​ ​to Juniors,​ ​results​ ​in​ ​math and​ ​science​ ​to​ ​serve​ ​as assessment​ ​of​ ​program progress February​ ​27,​ ​2018 Administration,​ ​Teachers Live​ ​test​ ​session,​ ​Debrief in​ ​crew​ ​with​ ​students, Results​ ​provided​ ​to Parents/Guardians​ ​and Board​ ​Members,

Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​23 . Send​ ​DT&L​ ​Team​ ​to ISTE June​ ​24-27,​ ​2018 DT&L​ ​Team, Live​ ​conference, Following​ ​the​ ​conference the​ ​DT&L​ ​team​ ​will provide​ ​training​ ​to faculty, Debrief​ ​and​ ​revise​ ​plans for​ ​SY​ ​2018-19 June ​ July​ ​2018 DT&L​ ​Team, Administration, Email,​ ​Meetings, Report​ ​to​ ​USBE​ ​and Venture​ ​School​ ​Board June​ ​2018 DT&L​ ​Team Present​ ​at​ ​Board​ ​Meeting, Email,​ ​Share​ ​results​ ​with parents/guardians​ ​and community​ ​stakeholders, Year​ ​Two,​ ​SY​ ​2018-19, General​ ​Activities Timeline Roles ​ Responsibilities Communication​ ​Plan For​ ​grades​ ​9-12,​ ​consider additional​ ​digital​ ​tools and​ ​curriculum​ ​for Pathways​ ​program.

July​ ​2018-September 2018 DT&L​ ​Team Meetings,​ ​Email Expand​ ​DT&L​ ​Team​ ​to include​ ​team​ ​members from​ ​grades​ ​K-8. Consider​ ​outside community​ ​support, July​ ​2018 DT&L​ ​Team, Administration Meetings,​ ​Email,​ ​Contact local​ ​community​ ​member via​ ​email​ ​and​ ​visits, Work​ ​toward​ ​1:1​ ​ratio​ ​of computers​ ​to​ ​students​ ​in grades​ ​5 ​ 12 By​ ​February​ ​2019 DT&L​ ​Team,​ ​Teachers Email;​ ​Google Documents​ ​and​ ​Forms; Year​ ​Three,​ ​SY​ ​2019-20 General​ ​Activities Timeline Roles ​ Responsibilities Communication​ ​Plan For​ ​grades​ ​9-12,​ ​consider additional​ ​digital​ ​tools and​ ​curriculum​ ​for Pathways​ ​program.

July​ ​2018-September 2018 DT&L​ ​Team Meetings,​ ​Email Expand​ ​DT&L​ ​Team​ ​to include​ ​team​ ​members from​ ​grades​ ​K-8. Consider​ ​outside community​ ​support. July​ ​2018 DT&L​ ​Team, Administration Meetings,​ ​Email,​ ​Contact local​ ​community​ ​member via​ ​email​ ​and​ ​visits, Work​ ​toward​ ​1:1​ ​ratio​ ​of computers​ ​to​ ​students​ ​in grades​ ​5 ​ 12 By​ ​February​ ​2019 DT&L​ ​Team,​ ​Teachers Email;​ ​Google Documents​ ​and​ ​Forms;

Venture​ ​Academy​ ​USBE​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Grant​ ​Application​ ​FY​ ​2018 ​ Page​ ​24 . DIGITAL​ ​CURRICULUM ​ INSTRUCTIONAL​ ​TOOLS V.​ ​Description​ ​of​ ​High​ ​Quality​ ​Digital​ ​Instructional​ ​Materials​ ​with​ ​a​ ​Three​ ​Year​ ​Plan​ ​for How​ ​an​ ​LEA​ ​will​ ​ensure​ ​that​ ​Schools​ ​Use​ ​Software​ ​programs​ ​with​ ​Fidelity All​ ​digital​ ​curriculum​ ​will​ ​be​ ​developed​ ​by​ ​each​ ​teacher/department​ ​with​ ​the​ ​purpose​ ​of​ ​meeting the​ ​Learning​ ​Objectives​ ​set​ ​in​ ​place​ ​in​ ​Venture​ ​Academy’s​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​plan.

Each​ ​year​ ​we​ ​will​ ​make​ ​changes​ ​based​ ​on​ ​the​ ​feedback​ ​and​ ​data​ ​provided​ ​by​ ​our​ ​metrics​ ​(see Section​ ​III ​ the​ ​Digital​ ​Teaching​ ​and​ ​Learning​ ​Team​ ​will​ ​work​ ​with​ ​teachers​ ​and​ ​the​ ​special education​ ​department​ ​to​ ​assess​ ​the​ ​effectiveness​ ​of​ ​the​ ​school’s​ ​computers,​ ​tablets,​ ​and​ ​programs &​ ​applications​ ​in​ ​improving​ ​student​ ​performance ​ We​ ​will​ ​make​ ​changes​ ​as​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​improve our​ ​progress​ ​toward​ ​our​ ​desired​ ​outcomes.​ ​Data​ ​collected​ ​from​ ​our​ ​metrics​ ​will​ ​be​ ​compared​ ​to our​ ​baseline​ ​and​ ​will​ ​enable​ ​us​ ​inform​ ​instruction​ ​and​ ​to​ ​assess​ ​if​ ​progress​ ​is​ ​being​ ​made​ ​toward the​ ​desired​ ​outcomes.

Year​ ​One​ ​(Launch​ ​Year ​ During​ ​year​ ​one,​ ​students​ ​will​ ​use​ ​the​ ​school’s​ ​current​ ​inventory​ ​of Chromebooks​ ​and​ ​desktop​ ​computers​ ​to​ ​begin​ ​working​ ​toward​ ​our​ ​Learning​ ​Objectives ​ We will​ ​purchase​ ​additional​ ​computers​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​work​ ​toward​ ​our​ ​goal​ ​of​ ​a​ ​1:1​ ​ratio​ ​of​ ​computers to​ ​students​ ​with​ ​the​ ​goal​ ​of​ ​reaching​ ​the​ ​1:1​ ​ratio​ ​by​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​2018-19​ ​school​ ​year ​ We​ ​will also​ ​utilize​ ​the​ ​following​ ​instructional​ ​materials​ ​during​ ​year​ ​one.

High​ ​Quality​ ​Materials​ ​Description Plan​ ​of​ ​Fidelity​ ​for​ ​software​ ​programs 3D​ ​GameLab R​ezzly®​ ​(formerly​ ​known​ ​as​ ​3D​ ​GameLab)​ ​is​ ​a gamified​ ​content​ ​creation​ ​and​ ​student​ ​tracking​ ​platform where​ ​teachers​ ​can​ ​design​ ​and​ ​share​ ​quests​ ​and​ ​badges to​ ​create​ ​personalized​ ​learning​ ​for​ ​their​ ​students.

Instead​ ​of​ ​courses​ ​consisting​ ​mainly​ ​of​ ​textbook learning​ ​and​ ​lectures,​ ​classes​ ​built​ ​using​ ​game Year​ ​1 ​ Grades​ ​9-12​ ​math​ ​classes​ ​already​ ​use​ ​Rezzly. Each​ ​semester​ ​has​ ​75+​ ​quests​ ​that​ ​guide​ ​individual student​ ​learning,​ ​provides​ ​learning​ ​targets,​ ​information for​ ​successful​ ​completion​ ​of​ ​the​ ​learning​ ​and​ ​links​ ​to help​ ​them​ ​in​ ​their​ ​learning​ ​journey ​ The​ ​DTLL​ ​team will​ ​train​ ​staff​ ​in​ ​use​ ​and​ ​benefits​ ​of​ ​quest​ ​based learning​ ​so​ ​that​ ​they​ ​understand​ ​how​ ​to​ ​create

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