CA District Launches Blended Online Learning Program

K12 Inc. today announced it has partnered with Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District in California's Sonoma County to launch a new, blended online learning program for high school students across the district.

The District has designed a multi-faceted online learning program to address the individual needs of its diverse student population, from advanced learners to struggling students to students that require alternative learning environments. Eligible students can elect to take some of their required courses, or additional courses, online using the Aventa Learning® by K12® curriculum.

Beginning this school year, the online courses are available to students during the daily class schedule and after school in two newly remodelled classrooms, now serving as a math support lab and an independent studies lab. Students can also access Aventa courses from home. The District's teachers provide guidance, review and grade assignments, and ensure students remain on track. In addition, the District provides Aventa courses for independent study through its Alternative Education program.

"We see blended learning as the instructional model of the future," said Dr. Robert Haley, Superintendent of Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District. "By combining high quality online curricula with the guidance of our experienced teachers in a traditional setting, we are providing our students the best of both worlds."

Aventa is a comprehensive online curriculum of standards-based online courses for middle and high school. Covering all core subjects and electives, over 170 Aventa courses feature a rich multimedia format. The curriculum is designed to meet the University of California a-g requirements.

For students who fall behind, need assistance for exam preparation or remediation, the District uses the A+nyWhere Learning System® by K12 (A+) to conduct diagnostic assessments and prescribe lessons according to individual student needs. A+ contains over 5,500 lessons and over 200,000 pages of research- and objective-based, problem solving content aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Cotati-Rohnert Park USD will soon expand its world language offering by providing access to online world language courses by Middlebury Interactive Languages™, a joint venture that combines Middlebury College's language pedagogy with K12's expertise in online learning. Middlebury provides schools and districts with online courses in five world languages for grades 3-12, available in multiple levels to help students achieve world language fluency. Middlebury courses are developed to meet national ACTFL standards.

In addition to training and instructional support, K12 also provides Cotati-Rohnert Park USD with all of the technology tools required to support a district-wide program through its PEAK12™ program. This management center for online learning helps schools and districts to manage their online learning program solutions from one place.

To facilitate the launch, K12 hosted an enterprise orientation event on site at the Cotati-Rohnert Park USD headquarters for teachers and administrators two weeks ago. The event provided consultation on strategies for optimizing its implementation of blending learning through use of K12 curricula and services. In addition K12 provided an in-depth review of its comprehensive support services, including dedicated Client Services representatives, online communities, training resources, and teacher professional development.