A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. ~Harry Truman
I am tremendously excited, and a bit anxious, about a recent opportunity I have been presented. Our school district is exploring the possibility of opening a “hybrid” school on our campus. The school will combine virtual learning with on-campus instruction in an effort to highly individualize the learning experience for each individual student. We have been tasked with outlining a school model that we feel will effectively meet the needs of our student population–at this point, very few limits have been established.
Our mission is to provide students with a technology intensive, individualized education that will prepare them to be problem solvers in the world community. In addition to a strong foundation in core curriculum, students will be encouraged to pursue individual interests and develop essential skills for success in a rapidly changing world–empathy, teamwork, creativity, leadership and change making.
Initially, this hybrid school will operate as a “school within a school” — allowing students participating in the program to take advantage of activities on the traditional school campus. We also want to use this opportunity to enhance the utilization of technology on our traditional school campus and allow all of our students to take advantage of the benefits of virtual learning.
As we begin working through this process, I would love to hear from those of you with experience in the hybrid, or virtual school realm. At this point, I am looking for models, resources and advice for beginning a school of this nature. I see this as an exciting opportunity to create a truly innovative school, putting into action many of the reform measures that I have heard discussed through #edchat and my PLN. Please feel free to chime in and let me know your thoughts.