We chose this model in order to provide students the flexibility of online learning (choice of path, pace, time, and place) along with the support of having direct, face-to-face access to the teacher.
Our biggest challenge has been creating a culture in which students have great flexibility, but live up to high expectations, staying focused on their work and making adequate progress. One way we address this problem is through through success coaching - each student has a success coach that they meet with once a week. In this meeting, students set goals for the week and discuss their challenges to learning and how they're overcoming them. The success coach communicates closely with parents and teachers to help the student achieve their goals.
Create clear expectations for students and teachers and be willing to adapt quickly when you need to. Invest heavily in creating a positive and flexible culture.
American International School of Utah is a public/private hybrid that uses a blended model to create learning that is personalized and engaging. Students move at their own pace and advance through coursework as they demonstrate competency of course standards. It serves students in grades K-12, with up to 20 percent of its high school students coming from overseas.
Contact: Nathan Justis
Contact Title: Chief Academic Officer, AISU
American International School of Utah
4998 S 360 W
Telephone: (801) 989-7191
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