The Kentucky Department of Education's (KDE) Office of Education Technology, in partnership with Kentucky Online Learning Experience Collaborative (KyOLXC), is dedicated to the implementation of a continuous improvement model that supports the online learning experience for full-time, enrolled students. To accomplish this, the Region 5 Comprehensive Center (R5CC) will build on the work developed by the R5CC regional project to implement a Networked Improvement Community (NIC) and provide technical assistance to KDE and districts to build their capacity to: 1) Work and communicate effectively as a team, and 2) Embed a continuous improvement model using the NIC process with districts providing online learning experiences for Kentucky students.
KDE and the Board have articulated a desire to align initiatives to the United We Learn vision for public education in Kentucky. The three principles are to create "a more vibrant experience for every student, encouraging innovation in our schools—especially when it comes to assessment, and creating a bold new future for Kentucky's schools through collaboration with our communities" (United We Learn, 2022). KDE seeks to provide high-quality online learning experiences for enrolled students through the NIC process and R5CC will support these efforts. This work is indicated in Kentucky's submitted American Rescue Plan (ARP) plan. For full statement.
Approach to Capacity-Building Services
In Year 4, the R5CC team will build the capacity of KDE, school program leaders, and enrolled students to communicate more effectively using the DISC assessment tool—student DISC assessments will also support Portrait of a Graduate Profiles for full-time enrolled students; to implement a continuous improvement model; and to support the implementation of a Networked Improvement Community utilizing evidence-based coaching, enabling schools to solve problems of practice and improve student outcomes.