Streetsboro -- The Streetsboro school district is joining forces with the Ohio Online Learning Program, making it available to its full- and part-time students immediately.
"What's exciting about this program is, this will actually enable our teachers to teach our students any of the online courses we're going to offer," said Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh.
The Streetsboro Board of Education unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding indicating its intention to implement the Ohio Online Learning Program, which is sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, at its Sept. 12 meeting.
Streetsboro schools will still contract with ACE Digital Academy, Daulbaugh said.
Streetsboro schools began using ACE Digital Academy in the fall of 2012 to try to attract more home schoolers and students who transferred to other districts back to Streetsboro, school officials said. The company, which is headquartered in St. Clairsville, has agreements to work with about 30 other school districts.
"I'm very excited about [signing on with the OOLP]," Daulbaugh said. "We believe the teachers in this district are the best. And we want our teachers to have the opportunity to teach our students."
Daulbaugh said the OOLP assigns a learning advocate to every student enrolled.
"So, if we have a full-time student enrolled in second grade or high school, or if we just have a high school student taking Mandarin Chinese, it doesn't matter," he said. "It doesn't matter about the number of classes. Every student receives an advocate. That advocate not only makes contact with the students via the computer, but also they actually call and can meet up with the parents and child."
According to the OOLP website, its "courses encourage excitement and creativity in the areas of math, science, reading, writing, social studies, wellness and visual arts. Our students experience a dynamic virtual classroom through the use of teacher videos, audio stories, and interactive games and lessons. By combining these online activities with various hands-on elements like experiments and art projects, our students receive a complete and fulfilling education experience. Ohio Online Learning Program gives students the opportunity to return to their home districts to earn a local diploma and participate in district sports and extra-curricular activities. It's the best of both worlds. Students can be a part of their local schools while learning online at home."
Daulbaugh said OOLP is much easier to administer than ACE Digital Academy.
"One of the challenges I had last school year [as director of curriculum] in managing the ACE Digital program was keeping up with all the students -- making sure they were doing the work and getting it done on time. That's what the learning advocate's job is."
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