Our district was going to bring a 1:1 program to our schools, but we knew that technology wasn't going to achieve all of our goals overnight. We needed to pair the technology with an instructional program that would help us meet our goals of increasing student engagement and choice, increasing academic interaction with peers, and building time management and problem solving skills. So we teamed up with LearnSTEMic (formerly Dellicker Strategies) to change our instruction in a way that would hit those goals.
We have come across two main challenges while going blended. The first is getting our teachers on board in changing their instruction. How we've overcome this is supporting "early adopters" who can work to get everyone else excited about the transformation.
The other challenge would be getting the students on board as well – older students, especially high schoolers, are used to learning in a more traditional style. The stations force them to "have their brains on" for the whole class period. It's really just a matter of talking with them and making them realize that they don't need to be "spoon-fed."
Conrad Weiser High School is located outside of Robesonia, PA approximately 10 miles west of Reading. The student body of approximately 940 students comes from small towns, rural and suburban communities and a children’s home within the district. The high school opened in 2000 and is adjacent to the middle school. Conrad Weiser district administration offices are located in the high school building.
Conrad Weiser High School is a comprehensive high school offering a wide variety of electives with a strong basic curriculum. The high school follows 4 x 4 semester block with all students taking four credits each semester. Students are required to complete 27 credits to earn a diploma, including four credits of English and social studies; three credits of math and science and a fourth in math or science; two credits in physical education; and one credit in health. In addition, students are required to complete a graduation project and earn at least 20 hours of community service.
In a typical graduation class, over 80% of the students plan to go on to higher education with approximately 50% going on to a four year college. Approximately 12% of the students attend the Berks Career and Technology Center for a half day.
The curriculum includes many outstanding areas but has achieved the most recognition in a strong agriculture science department that has produced state and national champions and a computer science program that places nationally. The high school offers 10 Advanced Placement courses and usually has over 75 students taking the exams. The high school has also received recognition for its outstanding service learning program. Many students go far beyond the required 20 hours of community service with recent graduating classes each contributing over 25,000 hours to the community.
Conrad Weiser High School has a proved tradition of outstanding extracurricular programs. The athletic program offers 12 different sports to boys and girls competing successfully in the BCIAA. The extracurricular program includes approximately 30 clubs and has a musical that annually fills the auditorium.
Conrad Weiser High School
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