“We do make sure we can communicate with parents so that they know if their child is falling behind teacher pace, or if they are really struggling with the concept,” Noe said. “We send home a ‘red flag’ form and explain to the parent what concept their child is having difficulty in and some ways they can help at home.”
She said parents can access the websites the students use in the classroom to help if their child is struggling, or to move ahead if they are grasping the concepts quickly.
“They can all log in at home,” Noe said. “We tell the parents if you want to go ahead and work ahead, and have your child practice some of the skills ahead of time (they can). They have access to the text, videos, and everything else online.”
She added that this type of teaching utilizes technology, such as the computer labs and iPads that are available in every classroom in the corporation.
Ward said DCSC has no concrete plans for incorporating the program into more schools and classrooms, but a long-term goal would be for it to be instituted throughout the district in K-12.
“We’re going to wait and see how the data fleshes out with our pilots before we decide our next steps,” he said.
In addition to the pilot classes at South, there are literacy pilots at North Elementary, fifth- and sixth-grade math pilots, seventh- and eighth-grade science pilots, and pilots at the high school level that focus on advanced chemistry, Spanish, and early childhood class.
For more information, visit the website at www.danville.k12.in.us and click on the “Customized Learning” link near the top of the page.