We started the Putnam County Future Ready VITAL program to provide students with a high quality, flexible, technology-based educational opportunity that allows them to maximize their potential to serve and participate productively in 21st century society.
The Putnam County Future Ready VITAL program is the lead for personalized learning in Putnam County. The VITAL office is made up of a TEAM five employees and 13 adjunct online teachers with the sole purpose of supporting personalized learning in the Putnam County School System and its 22 schools.
We initiated a Personalized Learning Task Force, which consists of 35 individuals across the district. The task force consists of teachers, media personnel, technology integration folks, administrators, and community members. We get together in one room to discuss goals and attempt to mirror the same structure that exists at the state level in Tennessee.
We have seen a 50% decrease in disciplinary problems, which was previously a big problem for us. We lowered the need for credit recovery by 50% by using online coursework and intervening before students started to fail. We have many students in the 5th-8th grade taking high school courses, and have many students graduating high school with associate degrees. Due to VITAL we now have the largest number of dual enrollment students in the state. We also improved graduation rates from 86% to 93%.
The Putnam County School System is working with Education Elements, a leader in personalized learning transformation, to create truly personalized learning environments in our classrooms. The VITAL program itself manages all digital credit recovery, credit advancement, dual enrollment, dual credit, and industry certifications courses in Putnam County.
Focus Areas: Leadership strategies for implementation, School / district redesign