Speakers: Jeff Walters, Aaron Hiske and Grante Taylor
“Success and Achievement for Every Student in Every School”
The PD Hub Distance Learning Program for Teachers was made to help the budget of staff and open learning in rural schools. Jeff Walters, Aaron Hiske and Grante Taylor created this program, and now have thirty schools in twenty-seven communities. There are over 8200 students participating in the program. They have developed practices to ensure “Success and Achievement for Every Student in Every School,” said by Aaron Hiske. This program is asynchronous and synchronous; that involves teacher choice, division led processes, and structured events.
This program is available on Scholantis Share Point and Office365, which is offered twenty-four hours a day. The goal is to create capacity in schools in terms of technology and best practices. It is persistent and lets everyone work on their own pace.
“Our uniqueness comes from all the kids that are outside the building, so about 400 that are doing the schooling full time online with us. Everything from Kindergarten to Grade twelve and then we would have about 4,000 kids part time taking a course from us pretty much anywhere in the province,” said Sun West School Division Technology Superintendent Darren Gasper. Jeff Walters, Aaron Hiske and Grante Taylor.
By: CHANTE SPEIDEL