Personalized, Student-Centered, Flexible Curriculum
Unlike other online and blended providers that utilize a canned digital curriculum, eSchool@GarnetValley leverages Garnet Valley curricula (the same that is used in our traditional face-to-face classrooms) that has been built and vetted by Garnet Valley teachers.
Ongoing Evaluation and Revision for Courses
When implemented well, online and blended learning options give teachers an opportunity to transform the educational experience — to meet the needs of a broader group of learners, individualize instruction, and transform education for everyone. What separates Garnet Valley's eSchool program from others that use a purchased/canned digital curriculum, is that our blended and online courses use the same curricula as our traditional face-to-face courses. All eSchool@GarnetValley curricula is written, developed, and digitized by Garnet Valley teachers, maintaining the high standard and rigor of the Garnet Valley School District.
All of our teachers go through intensive training to write, develop, and digitize their courses, whether teaching in our brick and mortar schools, online, or somewhere in between. The following is a brief explanation of that process:
Student-Centered Instructional Design
Professional learning connected to the University of Pennsylvania focused on the Before, During, and After lesson design structure and the Model of Engagement (©PLN); Professional Learning centered around instructional design for traditional, blended, and online/virtual learning environments. The professional learning focuses on designing learning experiences, building interactions, and building content - all facilitated with our partnership with Global Online Academy.
Student-Centered Curriculum Design
Professional learning on and development of a current, researched-based, backwards design model. As part of our 5-year curriculum cycle, the Understanding by Design 2.0 (UbD 2.0) Curriculum Template, housed in our Content Management System (G Suite), guides our ongoing curriculum work.
Student-Centered Resource Design
Professional learning focused on student-centered resource design that is connected directly to our UbD 2.0 curriculum templates. Topics include defining OER, copyright and fair use, attributions, Creative Commons and licensing, collecting, curating and creating high-level OER. Student-Centered Resource Design - Collection, Curation, and Creation of OER-based curriculum resource modules specifically aligned to Garnet Valley student learning outcomes.
Student-Centered Course Design & Digitization
Digitization from our Content Management System (G Suite) into our Learning Management System (Schoology) for traditional, blended, and online/virtual courses. All courses are co-created and digitized by our teachers and instructional coaches.