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ETT21 #150: Barbara Brueggemann, Head of School at the GWU Online High School.
March 9, 2011
Barbara Brueggemann is the Head of School at GWUOHS, a Partnership between George Washington University and K12.com in Herndon, VA. A full 9th to 12th grade online program that addresses the social and emotional learning as part of the program.
12:29:50 william stites -> Still having trouble hearing the guest
12:32:04 william stites -> MUCH better
12:36:09 PeggyG -> did you share a link for GWU's Online High School?
12:37:41 PeggyG -> that certainly DOES sound like a "dream school" :-)
12:39:55 matt montagne -> hey y'all
12:40:08 PeggyG -> Hi Matt
12:40:27 matt montagne -> seems to fit in with the Alan November TEDx talk from last weekend
12:40:32 matt montagne -> Hi Peggy!
12:40:55 matt montagne -> I like the concept of 'leaving legacy'
12:41:47 matt montagne -> what is the topic??
12:42:05 PeggyG -> George Washing Univ. online high school
12:42:18 matt montagne -> ahh...nice
12:42:21 PeggyG -> http://www.gwu.edu/explore/mediaroom/newsreleases/thegeorgewashingtonuniversityk12inclaunchonlinehighschool
12:42:36 matt montagne -> Is the school affiliated with a brick and mortar school??
12:42:43 matt montagne -> thanks peggy
12:43:23 PeggyG -> learning as I go :-) This is Barb Brueggemann I think
12:43:24 matt montagne -> I hope they make some of their courseware available to the public for free
12:43:37 matt montagne -> it would fit in with pat bassett's charge to the private school world
12:43:43 Vinnie Vrotny -> It is Barb Brueggemann
12:44:10 PeggyG -> http://www.gwuohs.com/
12:44:15 PeggyG -> thanks Vinnie :-)
12:44:49 PeggyG -> and Barb is Head of School :-)
12:46:17 PeggyG -> absolutely!! selective memory about high school :-)
12:46:22 matt montagne -> f2f isn't always that great...we need to acknowledge that. I think barb is right on
12:47:19 PeggyG -> I agree! my social life online is far better than my f2f social life :-)
12:47:24 Susan Carter Morgan -> It's authentic socializing for them-agree. Many opportunities to reach and relate on line.
12:47:40 Susan Carter Morgan -> Peggy, mine, too:)
12:48:28 matt montagne -> I like the project, but I wish they'd share some of their coursework as OERs in much the same way that MIT, Stanford, et al do.
12:48:30 PeggyG -> is this HS being modeled after any other virtual HS programs?
12:49:05 PeggyG -> that is a great question Matt. Maybe that's coming after they complete their pilot with the first 16 students?
12:49:07 Susan Carter Morgan -> Might that be a possibility in the future, Matt?
12:49:45 Susan Carter Morgan -> I'm late to the game here, but have they decided to go w/ 16 for the first year?
12:49:48 matt montagne -> I hope so, Peggy and Susan...IMHO, private schools need to step up to pat bassett's 'public purpose' challenge. Sharing is one way to participate in Pat's call
12:50:23 Susan Carter Morgan -> Agree, Matt. So important. May mean our survival, too
12:50:43 PeggyG -> does the student online work remain available to them after they graduate?
12:50:56 matt montagne -> good question, Peggy.
12:52:37 PeggyG -> interesting they are thinking of adding "integrity" to their rubric/assessment. Is process also part of the rubric?
12:52:52 PeggyG -> maybe that is what integrity implies?
12:53:49 Susan Carter Morgan -> Will there be any f2f opportunities? Once a year? Or not at all...
12:54:43 PeggyG -> intentional is a very key word!
12:55:15 Susan Carter Morgan -> SLA has been successful b/c of their intentional focus. All are tuned into and buy into the mission (from the start)
12:55:40 PeggyG -> SLA is a great example of intentional focus :-)
12:56:35 matt montagne -> we need to be doing way more action research in our schools...
12:57:16 PeggyG -> http://www.k12.com/
12:57:33 PeggyG -> I agree about action research Matt!! for teaachers and students
13:00:33 PeggyG -> motivated, hardworking, honest, creative souls wanted... :-)
13:00:47 matt montagne -> is there an admissions exam that you use??
13:01:06 matt montagne -> I hope an exam isn't used, particularly if you are looking at more effective ways for students to exhibit mastery
13:01:35 PeggyG -> thank you Barb for sharing your vision and stories!
13:01:40 Susan Carter Morgan -> Thanks, enjoyed this
13:01:42 PeggyG -> bye all
13:01:45 matt montagne -> yet another great 21CL webcast!!!
13:01:50 arvind -> thanks for being here, everyone!
13:02:04 PeggyG -> thanks all!