In a blog post today, Minnesota’s largest charter school operator said it is now accepting new applications for its $200 million renovation and will expand its online learning offerings to all of its campuses.
“We want to create a community that is inclusive, collaborative, and accessible to students, families, and employees, all of whom are our mission,” said the school system’s CEO, Bill Daley, in a blog posting.
“With the addition of more online resources, we want to continue to improve the online experience for all students and families.”
The new online learning options will include more than 10,000 digital materials and an interactive virtual classroom, according to the school’s website.
Students who are interested in using the online tools can sign up at school.com.
A spokesperson for the school said the company will “begin working with the public in early 2018 to build a more robust and user-friendly online learning experience.”
For now, the school has limited the online offerings at its new campuses to students with a Minnesota Department of Education voucher card.
The school system has also taken steps to expand its existing online offerings, including by making the Minnesota Department for Education’s online learning portal available to students who do not currently have a voucher.
The state’s charter school website also includes a list of “community partners” that are providing online resources and is accessible on the school site.
“Our mission is to build an inclusive, connected, and connected world where all Minnesotans are treated equally,” Daley wrote.
Our goal is to create an even playing field where everyone is treated equally.” “
By working collaboratively with the community, we are able to bring our students the resources they need to thrive and succeed in our state.
Our goal is to create an even playing field where everyone is treated equally.”
For students, the new online options will be particularly valuable because the school district plans to open more than a dozen charter schools to students in the coming years.
The charter school system will also begin using technology to help students learn more effectively and to connect them to support services that are currently unavailable.
“Students need to be able to access the resources and information that they need and can’t access now,” said Stephanie Krumholz, executive director of Minnesota’s Department of Learning and Academics, in an interview with CNN.
“For example, students can’t learn the content in their district’s curriculum through a webinar, or they can’t view their coursework in a video or they have to wait for the information to be delivered to them by email.”
Krumholm added that the school systems new online tools will provide students with “a place to learn and connect online.”