Mission & Vision
The K-12 online learning market is growing rapidly at 30% annually. In 2007, there were an estimated 1,000,000 enrollments in K-12 online learning in the United States. Thirty states have statewide virtual schools, and 44 states have significant policies/programs (Watson, Keeping Pace, 2008). The World Future Society Report states the Top 10 Breakthroughs Transforming Life over the next 20-30 years will include “Virtual education”. However, in the future, the issues will be centered on how to use online learning to solve the bigger problems facing K-12 education. (North American Council for Online Learning)
The creation of online learning in the North Kansas City Schools has allowed individual schools to expand their curricular offerings in advanced and specialty courses as well as technical, remedial, and credit-recovery courses. Classes are designed to meet a variety of learning styles and needs. An online learning program is a catalyst for educational reform.
Teachers participating in online instruction develop new perspectives for integrating technology into the curriculum, be it face-to-face or online. Providing students with an online option for course selection also supports progress toward the 1-to-1 Initiative included in the District Technology Plan.
Online learning is helping to increase the graduation rate and sub-group performance; two of the district’s mega goals. The Blackboard platform also provides an avenue to securely house our digital content and supports the federal Green Initiative. While there has been great progress in developing the North Kansas City Schools online learning program we are just starting to tap into the potential to truly change the way we teach 21st Century Learners.