The Division of Innovation and Choice and the Office of Online & Blended Learning would like to recognize and congratulate the following individuals for the 2012-13 school year for demonstrating outstanding service and dedication to online students in Colorado.
The individuals being recognized demonstrated strong evidence of the impact they have had on student achievement and growth in their respective online schools. They truly go above and beyond in their work to make data-driven decisions and to customize the learning experience for each student. They will recognized at the May State Board Meeting.
Name: Christine Hagge, Counselor
School: PSD Global Academy
Chris Hagge a.k.a. “Ms. Chris” has been a counselor at PSD Global Academy (PGA) for 3 years. During her time with PGA, her collaborative efforts with staff in creating additional interventions have resulted in the school’s dropout rate being cut in half since 2011-12. The school’s ‘F’ rate has also been cut by 50% since 2011-12 and due to the greater focus on attendance and individualized interventions, the school’s truancy rate has declined by 42% from October 2012 to February 2013. Additionally, Ms. Chris has had 100% of her Gifted and Talented students complete their ALP (Advanced Learning Plan) goals all three years and 100% of her concurrent enrollment students approved for and complete their college courses. Ms. Chris utilizes data analysis to lead her program and improvement planning; when student attendance data dip, Ms. Chris focuses on engagement strategies such as social events, community services, and academic incentives. The school found that on-campus activities as well as field trips lead to better student engagement and connection to the school, which leads to increased attendance and achievement in online classes. The students who attended the on-site enrichment classes and clubs were 7 times more likely to succeed in their online courses. Ms. Chris also leads an online advisory course for seniors, which promotes strong attendance and progress, positive community and culture and a connection to the school for online students. In student surveys, Ms. Chris consistently receives the highest ranking from students in grades 6-12. Ms. Chris is not only respected but also well-liked by her colleagues as she is always quick with a joke, a pleasure to work with and brings both empathy and levity to the workplace.
Name: Rochelle Kolhouse, Teacher
School: Falcon Virtual Academy
Rochelle Kolhouse has been a teacher at Falcon Virtual Academy (FVA) for 3 years. Rochelle is responsible for teaching all of the school’s high school science courses. Under Rochelle’s instructional leadership, Falcon Virtual Academy’s science program has demonstrated tremendous growth. FVA’s 2011-12 10th grade science TCAP scores showed a 14% decrease in the number of students in the unsatisfactory range. FVA also increased the number of students scoring proficient and advanced by 18% over the two-year span. In addition, during the first semester of implementation of a brand new freshman physics class, 92% of students passed the class despite the increased level of rigor due to Rochelle’s revamping of the curriculum. Her failure rate across all grade levels is less than 5% for all students including Special Education, RtI, general education and advanced students. Rochelle is committed to teaching her students the ethical uses of information and how to appropriately provide citations for research. Rochelle also encourages her students to use a variety of technology in their end of unit projects. She finds that by allowing students to utilize current technology, the students are more engaged and excited by their assignments. Rochelle builds relationships with students through her humor and genuine personality and as a result has very high attendance rates in both her online and face to face sessions.
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