Jon Castelhano, Executive Director of Technology at Gilbert Public Schools in suburban Phoenix, Arizona, is making lemonade. Instead of stopgap measures to make it by way of the COVID-19 disaster, his district is crafting strategic modifications with an eye fixed towards the long run. These are concepts lengthy talked about however by no means carried out within the 40 faculties that serve 34,000 college students. For it to work, school have to reinvent themselves too. In this dialog with eSchool News, Jon describes how they intend to do exactly that.
ESN: What does your fall seem like in the intervening time?
JC: We are growing quite a lot of choices for households. The first is an entire on-line possibility, which is absolutely simply our present digital academy. The one I’m enthusiastic about is our flex possibility—suppose blended/hybrid sort mannequin for our elementary faculties and just a little totally different flex have a look at the highschool. It’s just like what some children do now the place they could take just a few courses on campus however then take a pair on-line.
That was once only a particular case prior to now, however now will probably be for anybody. If your pupil desires to come back for 3 hours within the morning after which do their different two courses on-line, then they’ll go onto our on-line international on-line faculty for that. They’ll nonetheless be capable of take part in every little thing that they need so far as extracurriculars goes.