Support and Leadership to Accelerate Innovation

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For the 2018-19 school year, Section 98 of the State School Aid Act directs MVLRI to strengthen teaching and learning for K-12 education by supporting and accelerating innovation and providing leadership in online and blended learning.

MVLRI supports and accelerates innovation by:

Supporting and Accelerating Innovation in Education

  • Testing, evaluating, and recommending as appropriate new technology-based instructional tools and resources.
  • Research, design, and recommending virtual education delivery models for use by pupils and teachers that include age-appropriate multimedia instructional content.
  • Researching, developing, and recommending annually to the department criteria by which cyber schools and virtual course providers should be monitored and evaluated to ensure a quality education for their pupils.
  • Based on pupil completion and performance data reported to the department or the center for educational performance and information from cyber schools and other virtual course providers operating in this state, analyzing the effectiveness of virtual learning delivery models in preparing pupils to be college- and career-ready and publish a report that highlights enrollment totals, completion rates, and the overall impact on pupils. The report shall be submitted to the house and senate appropriations subcommittees on state school aid, the state budget director, the house and senate fiscal agencies, the department, districts, and intermediate districts not later than March 31 of each year.
  • Providing an extensive professional development program to at least 30,000 educational personnel, including teachers, school administrators, and school board members, that focuses on the effective integration of virtual learning into curricula and instruction. The Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute is encouraged to work with the MiSTEM advisory council created under section 99s to coordinate professional development of teachers in applicable fields. In addition, the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute and external stakeholders are encouraged to coordinate with the department for professional development in this state. Not later than December 1 of each year, the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute shall submit a report to the house and senate appropriations subcommittees on state school aid, the state budget director, the house and senate fiscal agencies, and the department on the number of teachers, school administrators, and school board members who have received professional development services from the Michigan Virtual University. The report shall also identify barriers and other opportunities to encourage the adoption of virtual learning in the public education system.
  • Identifying and sharing best practices for planning, implementing, and evaluating virtual and blended education delivery models with intermediate districts, districts, and public school academies to accelerate the adoption of innovative education delivery models statewide.

Providing Leadership for This State’s System of Digital Learning Education

  • Developing and reporting policy recommendations to the governor and the legislature that accelerate the expansion of effective online learning in this state’s schools.
  • Providing a clearinghouse for research reports, academic studies, evaluations, and other information related to virtual learning.
  • Promoting and distributing the most current instructional design standards and guidelines for virtual teaching.
  • In collaboration with the department and interested colleges and universities in this state, supporting implementation and improvements related to effective virtual learning instruction.
  • Pursuing public/private partnerships that include districts to study and implement competency-based technology-rich virtual learning models.
  • Creating a statewide network of school-based mentors serving as liaisons between pupils, virtual instructors, parents, and school staff, as provided by the department or the center, and provide mentors with research-based training and technical assistance designed to help more pupils be successful virtual learners.
  • Convening focus groups and conducting annual surveys of teachers, administrators, pupils, parents, and others to identify barriers and opportunities related to virtual learning.
  • Producing an annual consumer awareness report for schools and parents about effective virtual education providers and education delivery models, performance data, cost structures, and research trends.
  • Providing an internet-based platform that educators can use to create student-centric learning tools and resources for sharing in the state’s open educational resource repository and facilitate a user network that assists educators in using the content creation platform and state repository for open educational resources. As part of this initiative, the Michigan Virtual University shall work collaboratively with districts and intermediate districts to establish a plan to make available virtual resources that align to Michigan’s K-12 curriculum standards for use by students, educators, and parents.
  • Creating and maintaining a public statewide catalog of virtual learning courses being offered by all public schools and community colleges in this state. The Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute shall identify and develop a list of nationally recognized best practices for virtual learning and use this list to support reviews of virtual course vendors, courses, and instructional practices. The Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute shall also provide a mechanism for intermediate districts to use the identified best practices to review content offered by constituent districts. The Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute shall review the virtual course offerings of the Michigan Virtual University, and make the results from these reviews available to the public as part of the statewide catalog. The Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute shall ensure that the statewide catalog is made available to the public on the Michigan Virtual University website and shall allow the ability to link it to each district’s website as provided for in section 21f. The statewide catalog shall also contain all of the following:
    • The number of enrollments in each virtual course in the immediately preceding school year.
    • The number of enrollments that earned 60% or more of the total course points for each virtual course in the immediately preceding school year.
    • The pass rate for each virtual course.
  • Supporting registration, payment services, and transcript functionality for the statewide catalog and train key stakeholders on how to use new features.
  • Collaborating with key stakeholders to examine district level accountability and teacher effectiveness issues related to virtual learning under section 21f and make findings and recommendations publicly available.
  • Providing a report on the activities of the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute.

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