Kent City Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

2370A - VIRTUAL/INTERNET/INDEPENDENT STUDY OPTIONS

Virtual/internet, and independent study may be arranged to better meet the needs of students. Their purposes are to:

 A.broaden curriculum content when the regular school program limits student growth and learning;

 B.provide students with an opportunity to make decisions (to select from a series of options) about their activities in school;

 C.place students in a more active role in the learning process;

 D.provide learning experiences tailored to individual interests, talents, and needs.

Level I - The selection and the study is largely teacher directed. Frequent review and discussion with the teacher is required. Subject matter is closely related to class instruction.

Level II - The selection and the study is more student directed. The students must confer with the teacher once each week.

Level III - The student is responsible for selecting the areas and directing his/her own learning. S/He reports to his/her teacher by appointment. Projects may range far afield from a regular course.

Projects may be interdisciplinary in nature. Opportunities to work or study in other areas (laboratories, shops, etc.) or off campus may be arranged through the counseling department.

A student (group of students) who desires to participate should meet the following criteria:

 A.expressed interest in undertaking the work

 B.ability to identify goals or purposes

 C.ability to manage time and resources

 D.achievement in current course work

Students who fail to maintain self-discipline and accomplishment both in course work and the option program will be phased out.

The contract-application for the selected option will be filed with the teacher.

When a student has initiated and successfully completed the program, it is to be noted in the student's permanent record and transcript.

A completed copy of the project together with the application-contract will be kept on file in the school office.

Role of Teacher

As in all learning, the role of the teacher in any educational option program is crucial. Specifically the teacher must:

 A.provide instruction in the skills necessary such as note taking, bibliography construction, listening, library usage, etc.;

 B.assist students in defining the purpose and intended outcomes of their projects and in selecting methods which best ensure the purposes and outcomes are achieved;

 C.meet with students involved on a regular basis to counsel, review progress, and to provide critique. Such critique should specify:

  1.what is being accomplished as intended;

  2.what isn't, and why;

  3.how the student should function differently in order to accomplish desired results.

Before being authorized to manage an option program, teachers must demonstrate working knowledge of the current literature concerning that type of activity.

Student work is to be evaluated on the basis of how well the goals of the program are being accomplished and how well each student is achieving the expected results of his/her individual project. Assessment shall provide evidence of:

 A.increased application of knowledge;

 B.acquisition and application of needed skills and techniques;

 C.formation of attitudes needed for such learning.

Teacher-student conferences throughout an option project can serve an evaluative function. Each should be recorded indicating dates, time, and results.