[Webinar] Creating Your School’s Online Summer Program

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[Webinar] Creating Your School’s Online Summer Program

Good morning and welcome to Michigan Virtual webinar on designing a highly effective online summer learning program. And our webinar today. We have to Michigan districts that will share their experiences designing online summer learning programs that foster student achievement support the needs of both credit recovery and high achieving students and improving graduation rates. My name. Sorry, the slide there Eric goes. My name is Thomas Soria and I’m the Director of school partnerships that Michigan virtual I’ve been with Michigan virtual for eight years and I’m a graduate of Michigan State University. My role is supporting K 12 students, staff and administrators with technology based tools and distance learning opportunities we have some great guests with us today. That will share how they are offering summer learning options in their districts and delivering quality outcomes for students and families. I like to first start off with doing a poll for our people. And our first poll today is going to ask, does your district offer a summer program. So as you see that poll pop up on your screen. Go ahead and answer yes or no and then we’ll, we’ll kind of give a percentage. Later on, of how many districts are using a summer learning programs in their districts And before we jump into our webinar we’re going to do some housekeeping topics and you’re going to be answering the poll as it’s up on your screen right now. By default, your microphones will be unmute. And if you ask a question, please type it into the chat box and we’ll address those questions either at the end of the session or at a time that we find appropriate The chat option is at the bottom of your zoom webinar screen and the chat just simply click on the icon and begin typing. Miss Wendy nap will be monitoring the chat window and she’s helping and support our webinar today. If you’d like to verbally. Share your question please raise your hand and the webinar and our manager will provide you the opportunity to speak. This meeting is being recorded and will be shared out in a link at the conclusion of our webinar today. Michigan virtual was established in 1998 as a nonprofit 501 c three organization. Our mission is advancing K 12 digital learning and teaching through research practice in partnership We work in partnership with Michigan schools, districts is Ds and the Michigan Department of Education, along with various education organizations to collaborate and positively affect change in Michigan’s education. Michigan virtual delivers over 200 online classes for students grades six through 12 with 24 AP titles seven World Languages little world languages and dozens of credit recovery titles. Michigan virtual delivers professional development courses for teachers and administrators offering over 300 course titles from compliance to character education. And in 2012 Michigan virtual learning Research Institute was formed to expand Michigan’s capacity to support new learning models. Engage in active research to inform new policies and online and blended learning and. For more information visit m v l RI dot o RG to find free resources to support your online learning programs. Well, with that, let’s move to our topic for today, designing a highly effective online summer program. As mentioned earlier, earlier Michigan virtual partners with Michigan schools and districts and one way we partner is supporting summer learning opportunities. Summer is commonly a time that students work to earn back credits lost during the school year, but some districts are using this time and technology to support learning opportunities for advancement, or to avoid the summer slide. Keeping students active during the summer, on average, it is predicted that students lose about one month’s worth of learning over this summer. In math and reading these predictions are even more drastic with estimated two months of learning loss in some studies in addition to helping students get ahead. And meet their scheduling needs schools are offering opportunities to keep their minds active. So to avoid the summer brain drain. Not only can they learn new content over the summer, but they may also come back to school haven’t forgotten less of last year’s learning. So we have a second poll for you guys. What type of learning opportunities do you offer your students during the summer. And this one’s a multiple choice one, so if its credit recovery or advancement. We know there’s a lot of kindergarten readiness programs. Go ahead and pick some, some of those opportunities that you offer within your district. Today we will hear from Northfield public schools and Brighton area schools to leaders in summer learning offering various programs for their students and families. They plan to share with us what’s working for them and their districts and the supports necessary to deliver learning experience. First we have Dr. Sandra. Sandra is currently the Director of instructional programs and services for Northfield public schools and supports Northfield summer school program. She has been in this position for five years and was previously a teacher, a high school assistant principal at a middle school principal Sandra earned her PhD from Michigan State University and loves to spend time with their family. Good morning, Sandra. And thank you for joining us today. Morning. Thank you. Next we have Mr. Henry vecchione from Brighton area. Schools, where he serves as grade level principal and lon line administrator at Brighton High School. And Henry has been an educator for over 30 years and an administrator for 26 He’s completing his ninth year at Brighton High School, where he and his online learning coordinator started the online learning program for the district. Mr vecchione has a bachelor’s in special education a masters in educational leadership and and educational specialist decree and Educational Administration. Good morning and welcome Henry And last we have more Thomas And last we have Miss Lynnette deg also from Brighton area schools where she serves as the lead online mentor and coordinator for bright in high school. This is lynette’s 20th year and education for the past eight years mistake has been responsible for helping build online programs with vecchione As well as supporting both online learners and online mentors at the high school Mistake has a bachelor’s degree from Alma college a master’s in teaching from Mary grilled college and a second master’s degree in educational technology from Michigan State go green in 2016 Lynette was named Online mentor of the year. By Michigan virtual welcome with that. Thank you, Thomas So let’s get started. And we’re going to stick with the net here. So tell us about the summer learning options that are offered through Brighton and your district. When Brian we offered two possibilities. Students can either take credit ahead or new credit do the plus courses in Michigan virtual or they can do credit recovery using the essential program. Awesome, awesome. And how about you, Sandra. What’s offered in Northfield I’m, I’m saying classes, but the majority of our classes are through mbu the majority of kids that take them are for credit acceleration and we have over 1000 courses taken. Wow, that’s That’s a lot of students that you’re servicing there in Northfield, and Henry, how have you seen summer learning options in Brighton evolve over the past couple years. I was just talking on the net about this to Thomas, I think we’re seeing more of our advanced students taking some classes that a little bit more of an increase in early graduates getting back into college earlier on. I think the right kids are picking the right courses now. Yeah, yeah, that, that’s great. Henry let’s stick with you because that kind of leads us into our next question is Who are the target student audiences for and for what reasons are they taking these courses you mentioned advancement as one opportunity. You know what other reasons, are they looking at taking summer courses and and specifically some with distance learning where they have that flexibility. I think, I think the key is always the number one reason for students to get a quarter ahead has always been to open up more room in their schedules. Flexibility and because there’s so many requirements. Now, And really allowed them to like take the courses that they want the next level. So, P. Health are very popular. And some of them require pepper. Classes. Yeah, yeah. Now we’re seeing some of our athletes who want to get to College earlier. To get started, or they’re taking summer classes as well so you can graduate in January, we’ve kind of blend of those two. That makes sense. Yeah, it definitely does. And we’re seeing this across the state. I mean, obviously credit recovery is still a need for students that are trying to stay on track to graduate. But this opportunity for acceleration or scheduling opened up the schedule for the fall is is becoming more prevalent throughout state schools in the state about you, Sandra. Who’s, who’s our target audience, you know, I’ve attended I don’t want to jump ahead too far. But you do have a parent meeting for summer. Options. I look into the crowd and I See many middle schoolers are freshmen that are like engaging in these these summer. Summer readiness. meetings that you have with parents and students who is. Who’s your target audience in Northfield So I do agree with Brian. We have a lot of students who are entering ninth grade that want to take P or house civics and econ so they can be an AP psych as a sophomore. That being said, we only allow students to recruit high school credit when they’re entering ninth grade. So we have a lot of sixth and seventh graders that want to accelerate in math, but we do not provide high school credit for those students that can take it as more of an enrichment or a preview. You know, I think. The nice thing about mbu is it does really offer too many students with different backgrounds, so students can take Algebra one is recovery. And then students who want to accelerate can take, you know, Algebra one or geometry or algebra to entry ninth grade. So You know, we have a variety of families here and the online module really allows them to travel during the summer and be flexible and self paced, you know, for students who are recovering students who are really trying to accelerate Yeah. And Linda, do you have anything to add to that, about, you know, you’re, you’re in the lab with these students Who are some of the students that are Coming and see into your space over the summer. Yeah, as far as the creditor head hits. We do have a lot of kids taking like will take a full year of geometry to get caught up with their math to get ahead or algebra two lots of civics and econ just like Sandra said some biology. So those credit ahead kits, or sometimes a lot of the kids will be taking English because that’s the one class for my graduate early. You’ve got to get all your English credits in So we see a lot of that with the kids working ahead. Yeah, yeah. And we know that every district has a variety of, you know, different policies and what they except for students to work ahead, and so forth. So, you know, just kind of taking that into consideration as we share what’s working in both Brighton in Northfield Moving on to our next question, and I’m going to start with Sandra. Know what kind of data can you share regarding student success and readiness for the fall. So, so, Sandra, you know you and I’ve worked together for you know the past You know, four to five years on summer options available in North Hill, but you know we I’ve, you know, I’ve been with the organization. This is coming up, you know, finishing up my eighth year here in the group. But North Phil has been running the summer program for a While you know so You know, what can we look at past data. To today. That shows you know success rates. So I’m we are typically north of 90% maybe even like 94% I would say in terms of pass rate. You know, the students, obviously, who are taking the courses, especially for acceleration want that a on their high school transcript. I would say our, the way that we implement the program is that the kids have an onsite norful high school teacher. We call them teacher mentors are actually available all summer at One of our schools in the computer lab. So if kids need support with content typically our math gals pretty busy. They can come in and and get support with that content while completing the the mbu course so they have that highly qualified teacher on the other end and also a norful math high school teacher who is supporting them as they need that. So I think that that definitely helps us That’s right. It’s offered in all of the subjects as more of our half can get content, understand the content. As Their PR For their, their stuff and you know she’s also a math teacher you know by by trade, if you will, and She you know she supports. A lot of her students that are coming in both for recovery as well for advancement. Lynette You know, Can you describe you know your success rates over the years and and maybe even talking about you know what earns you that 2016 mentor the Hero Award, you know, how are you stay On these students so that they’re successful because I’m sure there’s lots of Greater Than the summer. There are so over all our credit ahead population consistently does really well. I’m kind of mirrors. Our school you’re averaging 93 two 100% success rate. And the credit recovery kids, they’re kind of a wild card times they do really well. Sometimes they don’t. It really kind of depends upon the group of kids, we have We do have, I am available during the summer. I’m here most of the summer to help support the kids. And as you said, I am certified in math. And I also send every week I send the kids the credit recovery, because every week I send them in their parents and A detailed email saying what they’ve done what they haven’t done what they need to do to get done and the credit ahead kids I send out emails about every other week at least. Detailed as far as what they’ve done what they need to do to get where their target is. And because during the summer. Usually it’s just the goal in mind, what do I have to do. I don’t care what I’ve done, how I’ve done. I want to know what I have to do to get done and get through. So I said, our credit recovery success rate it really bounces around but our kids consistently do really well. Yeah, yeah. Well, I think that you know when when we’re considering you know planning for the future and Those, those kids that are like planning ahead, you know, Henry. I’ve been in In your actually it’s not in your office, but in your conference here you got that. Big master schedule. Right. And it’s moving and these kids are kind Of classes over the summer, you know, How did, how does The work that lead that does and the support that you provide or in the high school over the summer help to to help the students be successful and and they can plan ahead and and also you know impacting your master schedule in the summer when these kids are Over, over the summer term. I don’t think that it has a huge impact on our master schedule Thomas generally we I will meet with those students prior to us finalizing that scheduled. Yes. Oh, the students inquiry had classes they’re already there talking about them now. We’re trying to lock things in place for them or to us building our final schedule. Sometimes it does change it here in there but not so significant that impacts whole section of a certain course. You know, again, like, one that said the kids were taking these classes and doing well are the kids were focused and motivated kind of already have a two or three year plan in place. I think that’s that’s That’s great for you to share. And what I think you’re talking about. It’s a complete team effort. And I’m sure it’s happening at North they’ll high school as well. With guidance counselors that are helping the students kind of plan out what next year will look like and how to summer come into play to impact in the fall. So let’s, let’s look at like our next question. And, and I’m going to, you know, have Lynette start off and and And share with us. You know what supports, do you have in place for students during the summer. And motivate him. You started sharing some tips other other other things that that you do learn that. And again, you’re, you’re, you’re a math teacher, right. So, you can help support those students with that and obviously you’re You know you’ve been a teacher for 20 years you can help students, probably in some of the LA or science courses, but you know what are the things that you can do to help support your students over the summer. I try to start off the summer with a good strong start I give them a very detailed, you know, email outline informational flyer about everything they need to know for the summer. And I follow up. I’ve checked their Scores and results. And if I see the kids are struggling. I will sometimes You know, go through their stuff and send them screenshots of, like, look, these, this is the area, you need to work on. And here are some hints and I’ll encourage them to come in to meet with me. Sometimes they’re kind of traveling so they can’t come in. And but I tried it right away at the beginning of the semester summer really hit on I can help you if you’re struggling, you had Oh, and like I said I send them screenshots and work through problems for them. And a lot of times the math or even do that, I’ll say, look, you missed these problems. I work through them. This is what we’re doing wrong and And talk to them about they’re doing wrong and I also try to encourage them to use their teachers, the teachers are there for as well and I’ll communicate the teachers, I’ll say I’ll say, or they’ll contact me and say, I don’t think that they’re really understanding the instructions for this assignment. And so I’ll talk to them or I’ll contact teacher and say, you know, they’re really weak on this content area. Do you have any other resources that we can share with them to help them. And, you know, really work on it with the team effort. But knowing that I’m here and try and encourage them to come in. Often the kids will come in. But if I contact the parents and say, look, they’re really struggling with this. Can you get them to come in, they can usually somehow mysteriously work it out today. Yeah, yeah. Well, you know, I’m sure they, you know, not only are trying to schedule band camp and their Summer vacation and and this course and all being a top priority for the family. But you know your families who are gauging Both in recovery as well as advancement. I’m sure you know, know the importance of summer learning Sandra. You guys have a large program, you mentioned, you know, approximately 1000 thousand thousand courses that are being offered And I know that you guys utilized the the middle school for the space for students and and mentors gather. Can you share some of those supports and it can be even for some of your face to face stuff. I know that you also have a kindergarten readiness program going on, you have Your Honors Geometry program happening in Northfield, you know what, what are supports you putting in place for kids to be successful over the summer. Um, so a couple of things I cannot take credit. I have fabulous teacher mentors in a summer so coordinator who I lean on very heavily who are phenomenal with communication and just being really upfront transparent. That really begins with our parent meeting that of course you attend. Thank you very much. We hope to have you back in May. Again, as always. Yes, so that is always a jam packed room. A lot of questions around the online. Program, because it’s new, its new to a lot of students who haven’t taken an online course before. So our mentors. Do a really thorough presentation. We have a frequently asked questions document that is built that is added to every year post our summer school website just to kind of help channel that information and make sure everyone’s given consistent answers. We do a face to face programming. So we offer not only online, but we offer the NC civics econ Irish geometry. P health and kindergarten readiness, which is kind of like our standalone k five class. And those are taught at hillside middle school and They will be moving to me this upcoming summer because we’re building a new middle school. So, things will be a little bit busy, but I think that face to face is really important for some students who just might not be ready for online. Typically the kids, the kids grades are really high our teachers, the same teachers have been teaching for about 12 years So the kids know who they’re going to have which helps you know kind of mitigate some of that anxiety as to who’s my teacher going to be since I’m taking summer school class. And our mentors have been consistent over the past 10 years. Also, so they they know the teachers, they know the support, they’re going to get But really kind of offering that that on site option. It is not as large as our online lock option online. Definitely a lot more popular. You know, our sections are probably 20 to 30 I would say for on site and then online. We’re well over 1000 you know another piece. I know you talked about communication with Administration as they build the master schedule. We’ve got 2600 normal high school. So when you’re talking 1000 online courses that can have some impacts on Of course offerings and section. So we definitely communicate that to the counselors in early summer to say here’s what’s coming your way so that they can allocate app t is needed. Yes, yes, no thank you for sharing. That and and I know you do have a great staff and I’ve had the honor to work with them, but I have to definitely you know Appreciate what you do and what Henry does. And that’s putting the supports in place. And that’s providing the staffing that’s necessary for a successful program. And although You know, just specifically on the programs that we offer. We offer a highly qualified Michigan certified teacher with our courses. So the grading is not on the shoulders of your online mentors or miss day right But Their work is really important and we definitely appreciate the support that you guys give as administrators for those to be successful programs. Sandra let’s stick with you. Um, the next question is, what are some of the common challenges when offering some are learning options and you said you you put together. You know, you know, some frequently asked questions because I know that your central office. connects with our customer care office to Kind of share some of the questions that are coming into your office so that we can Be on the same page, specifically with our programs, but You know, transportation, staffing costs. What are some of the things you know you said you’re moving to another building one of the floors get waxed. I mean, how, how do you guys The answer to that is late in August, but they do get done in terms of some of the challenges I would say Our co branded pamphlet is excellent that you guys really helped put together. I think that that you know upfront communication with parents that clear communication is really pivotal to our program. In terms of You know, challenges, I would say. We really try to loop in the parents because sometimes when you’re communicating with a 1415 year old. It can be challenging and our mentors are really good about sending out updates the students, but now we’ve seen in the parents. Just make sure everybody is on the same page. You know, academic honesty, I would say, is something that we always run into I. I have parent meetings. My coordinators parent meetings. And we’re very clear about our expectations. We actually have work policy that also applies to our summer school. So that is something that at the parent meeting in May we say Here’s our board policy in summer school also applies to this. So if there’s plagiarism or something involved. You know, there can be consequences. You know some of the challenges are students just just some students procrastinate wait until the end. And so our labs are very busy at the end. They do have to come to the school and actually take the final insight, which I think helps with that academic integrity and academic honesty piece. The programs are are paid for by the parents so You know, we have a charge and their variable to register with a credit card online. We do offer scholarships. Every year we have students who come through. Who are free and reduced lunch or have other challenges and every student that comes through that asked for a scholarship. We tried to get we actually do give them a scholarship. I just work with a counselor to You know, make some confirmations. And, you know, regarding what they’re asking for. And then we support those students also. So it’s we really try to make sure that everybody has access to summer programing who want that. Thank you. I appreciate the work that you guys are doing on academic integrity here at Michigan virtual week Very important as well and Yes, software that helps our La teachers know this looks like it came from another source right so Our teachers are on that as Well, How about you, Henry, what are some of the challenges that bright in high school that you see when offering some summer learning options. Are definitely not as big as North hills or towns are a little bit different. You know we are younger students transportation getting here. If you need help from Lynette Look around their schedules. As much as our own. Yeah, those who cannot afford it. We offer scholarships as well. I think one of our one of our biggest challenges have been has been that we have a traditional summer school program and the district. See time before the summer school and we have too many students that can act all that schedule. That’s why we we are really embracing I remember you and be you right now. And so trying to work with our staff that run that school. And so this year is one of our first years of bringing all the people in the same building and seeing if we can kind of Have those two couple of the other help all of our kids, whether it’s through some of the traditional software recovery courses or Online options or credit ahead. That’s a big challenge for us is some right things. So it’ll be interesting how this one takes place. I’m looking forward to it again, our goal is not to get too big on. We can’t manage it. I think we’re in a good number right now maybe That, you know, add a few kids here and there, but we’re not looking to expand to bigger again, we’ll have a staff for that. So right now is our biggest challenges is together with our other summer school program because we’re all of our kids need to You know, I feel like I’m hearing a common theme is that you guys are working hard to meet students where they’re at and we recognize that here and we’ll share some information at the end of our webinar. That, you know, some students come more ready and some students come with challenges being successful in the online environment. So having great mentors and people like Lynette there is great. But also having options for those students that need the NC learning experience with the with the teacher you know on site, you know that’s that’s that’s great that you guys are offering that for your students in both locations. Will keep you posted how it turns out. Yeah. Henry or Lynette, you know, just, I’m going to push this one out to both you guys you know how our timelines established for for staffing and And I guess I end up looking at that here because for those that don’t know that. Personally, she is, I think, a self identified workaholic. Work on File. workaholic. But she does. Great by her students and but how are you managing you know that that staffing and time and when. When’s that available and you know it. We’ve even teased in some of the In the north, they’ll parent meetings like yeah you can you can come by, you know, Monday through Thursday or whenever their schedule is for built for that summer. It’s, it’s pretty inexpensive. When you think about babysitting, you can just drop off and they can work in the lab. So, so how are you managing timelines and establishing, you know, open access to mentors and buildings and facilities. Well, I mean, are I am fortunate enough that there are other labs in the building. So when my room is being cleaned. I can just ship different lab. I kind of like to think I have the run of the building moral has But as far as being available for the kids, I realized that most kids aren’t going to be up in the mornings. So I usually Host times that I’m available, but then also offer to teacher to the parents and students that if these times don’t work for you, let me know and I will Reach out to you and we can set up a different time. Usually I’m here. Like I know like nine to four ish but most the time, as soon as I leave the building is when I start getting all the emails from the students meeting. So like I said, I tell them this is what I am here. But if you’re not coming during these times, just let me know and we’ll work out a time that’s convenient for both of us. Yeah, and in Brighton. Do you guys also proctor the final exams. The yes the plus classes I do proctor all those final exams. So we, the first couple weeks of August. I am here. You know, much, much more than I am and say, July and make those times available and let them know that if they need evening exams, because their parents work during the day you know i accommodate that for them. Yeah, and And I know in North bells we switch over to Sandra to ask this question, I always feel like there’s a student by around Fourth of July, or like right before That That is like they’re ready for the final like oh my gosh, they’ve they’ve they’ve did it in one month and the mentor will say, you know, Mate, whether it’s a carry commencement will say, Yeah, this student was dedicated was working, you know, you know, six hours a day and they just really wanted to complete this course. So they worked at their own pace, and they were able to finish it. Now they’re going to enjoy the remainder of the summer. So, you know, with kindergarten readiness and with, you know, the Honors Geometry program going on. And and now different middle school being built, you know, how are you managing your staff and at at summer it’s summer program for North though. So we start planning early. We’ve already had a couple planning meetings and you know I would concur with right and we are really, really busy in August, where the majority of the kids come in and take their finals. That being said, Each of the three mentors receive notifications from students during the summer that they’ve completed a course, especially those taking, I would say two courses. You know, they really try to manage their time. Wow. So if they finished our course. Let’s say July 14 and want to come in and take the final they can work with their mentors are coming in, take the final early So we, you know, we try to be flexible. I think that’s the whole point of summer school is to support students but also be flexible because we know that that students are busy. Yeah, well, Success rates are one way to evaluate is there other other measures that you have in place. Whether it’s like parents surveys and so forth, or feedback that you’re hearing from the students. So Lynette, you know, how are you evaluating the success of your summer programs in Brighton. And I kind of just look at if we’re helping this student center, they’re getting their era of don’t send out really any surveys or anything like that. Henry any feedback from Parents on you know how the program’s been working and how you’re able to Wait, I think I actually had the wrong. Way. Okay, though. All right. Yeah, go ahead. So, you know, probably gonna say what you know at this level, I worry and the size of our program is informally, I hear a positive comments from parents are very appreciative that we can offer these opportunities for their students and word of mouth from our students, but we don’t do in that respect. I think the key is how many more students will enroll. This year, you know, As we know, you know, the best the best PR for this is the students themselves, they talk to their friends and our peers and our families, our numbers grill. That’ll be one of our indicators of success with the program. And I’m sorry about that. I was looking down at it note and I realized I had different slide up here, what I was asking is about evaluation, but we’ll get to that one next Sandra, you talked about a parent meeting. And that that room being packed and depending on the Temperature outside that room can be pretty hot. What, what other You know ways. You mentioned a co branded collateral piece that we put out that has information from from, you know, Michigan. Virtual Courses, but also talks to the other programs that you offer onsite that are face to face. Maybe, maybe talk about your website and other types of communications, you have to go out to parents Yeah, so, um, link to or part of the Norfolk public schools website. We have our summer school webpage where we have the frequently asked questions. The pamphlets, who do I contact. If you have questions. We do a survey at the end of every year. I mean it’s, you know, what’s on Survey Monkey. But that’s the tool we use and you know it just gives us good feedback for Contemplation. So I’ll meet with the coordinator and the mentors and gauge, you know, their thoughts. Also, but I, you know, agree with brightness if the kids are coming back, you’re doing something right. So definitely, we can see our, you know, our more popular courses from the survey. But I think, again, just being really upfront with communication having everything posted especially online because this is such a digital Time and it saves us a lot of email and parent phone calls. If we have everything in one spot. So we really try to have the pamphlet the FAQs all the contact information in one spot and I probably cut and paste that link. 300 times between now and June 16, I would say, so it gets busy. Yeah. So let’s meet the two guys are using Survey Monkey, you know, here at Michigan virtual we have an end of course survey that we also capture information. For us, we want to better improve our learning experience for students, and I’m sure you know for you guys. You’re hearing from your community members and parents and students about the success of the program overall Yeah, well, moving into one of our last questions here is, you know, we have a couple of listeners today and we’re looking at the polls. So 100% of the schools that are participating today do offer something and summer school And and that’s something is credit recovery and we find that very common right that most Schools. Are using credit recovery. As as their summer model. So hopefully that you guys been able to kind of share some other ways of, you know, readiness and As well, you know, for kindergarten or for advanced math or for credit as well. What advice could you give some schools, Sandra about, you know, they’re looking to to expand or looking to offer summer school for the first time. Um, you know, I would say maybe talk to your stakeholders, see what the needs are, because it’s really important that the courses are offered that the students would like to take. And I’m sure that might differ. From district to district and Norville any students can take the summer school course we actually get a lot of students from Novi South Lyon and play. Mrs. The neighboring districts, because we offer that virtual piece. So, you know, maybe just kind of gauging what what are the needs for students in your area. And then I would say just making sure that planning and logistics are are very clear. Because people are a little bit less connected during the summer so the more that you can be very organized and and clear with your communication is key. And Henry You have any. Yes. It’s out there. Oh, man. Thank you for that question. You know, I think, I think the bottom line is you and I have talked about this before, Thomas, I think, Sandra has it in place in North bill, it’s about the people that you have working for you. Under this. Yeah. I mean, that’s the bottom line, you know, some learning programs are only be as good as the people who are Overseeing it and I think we’re lucky here and Brian was Lynette I think Sanders lucky with the staff and she hasn’t lost bill. So if you’re gonna start a summer learning program invest in that staff member don’t don’t bump short otherwise. Yeah. I couldn’t agree with you more. Henry and, you know, Linda has been helpful for even other mentors throughout the state of Michigan and when she was recognized as the online mentor of the year. She, she also does some blog posting and communicates with our office here in the staff about best practices and things that are working in her lab as she’s managing hundreds of kids every day that you know between her Labs. Share lab next door, you know, she’s you know you know investing investing into the professional development and we have some of those available at Michigan virtual as well at no cost. So And and Lynette from the lab, can, can you provide any tips out there to mentors, when considering summer learning programs. I would just say that they just have to keep a close eye on the students and monitor them and keep them. Parents posted about what At and what they need to do to get to that final goal. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Well, I want to share that Miss Michigan virtual learning Research Institute, we have, you know, many guides to help provide you know successful Implementation of summer school programs for all students. And that’s regardless of online program providers Michigan virtual has best practice guides for online mentoring. And we have guides that are available for parents to support students when they’re at home engaged in online courses and tips for students to stay on target for success. You know, you can find these free resources available at em ve L RI dot o RG and there’s, you know, The irate out there on the slide. There’s a slash parent guide and Those guides are available to schools and districts and parents at no cost. So I’m going to open up this opportunity for the next couple minutes for any questions and answers. I’m looking over to our, our manager. Wendy nap, to see if we have any questions in our, in our chat box right now. And for those people that filled out the polls. Again, thank you. We had a You know 100% of the schools that are participating that filled out this poll are offering summer school program and and 100% of them are doing it and credit recoveries. So hopefully this gives an opportunity for them to consider some other options. Well, with no questions I’d like to thank a Sandra Brock from North Philly. Thank you. Sandra for joining us. Thank you. My pleasure. Yeah. And Henry vecchione from Brighton area schools. Thank you. Henry Thank you to Dallas. It’s been a pleasure. Yep. And of course, Miss Lynnette dig our 2016 online mentor of the year. Thank you, Lynette for joining us. You’re very welcome. Thank you for having us. Again, You know, my name is Thomas and if you’d like to learn more about summer learning options offered from Michigan virtual or gain access to our best practice. Guys, you can contact me directly, or visit our website and For more information on summer options. Please visit us at Michigan virtual dot o RG Last summer, and we appreciate everybody For joining us today. And we look forward to our next webinar. Have a great afternoon. Thank you, you too. Bye bye. Take it easy.

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