Colorado School Blends Courses with Online Curricula
School District Global Academy (PGA) in Fort Collins, CO, has gone public with its use of online curricula for hybrid learning.
school employs a mix of online courses that
students take at home and blended classes on campus. PGA uses FuelEd's
personalized learning software, curriculum and content that calls for
students to work at their own pace at home three days a week and attend
teacher-led classes on campus two days each week.
Principal Heather Hiebsch said her teachers "look
at the data to see what the students are mastering and where they have
not 'What do I plan to teach today?' but 'What do these individual
need to learn today?'"
students' core courses are taught by local
teachers who oversee instruction, both online and at school. PGA uses
certified instructors for most elective courses. While the company's
personalized learning platform allows teachers to customize courses
own content, it also supplies its own courses, third-party content and
PGA opened in 2009, it was intended to be a
credit recovery and dropout prevention school. However, the hybrid
attracts a mix of former homeschoolers and students who had attended
traditional schools as well.
in charge, going it on their own,"
Hiebsch said of the school's students, "but they also have social
and one-on-one help from teachers."
with more than 500 students who have
attended PGA over the last six years, another 500 students at other
School District schools take supplemental online courses, such as AP,
languages and electives.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.