Rossland’s Blended Learning program getting a lot of outside interest

Rossland Secondary School’s Blended Learning program is seeing its first and possibly last graduating class this year.

Rossland Secondary School has been having an informative and sucessful year as a Blended Learning institution. The program may close as grades 10 to 12 are moved to Trail.

Rossland Secondary School’s Blended Learning program is seeing its first and possibly last graduating class this year, as the top three grades will be bussed down to Trail.

Karen Lavender, the principal of RSS, said that the faculty and teachers have learned a lot in the last seven months of the program.

“We’ve done some surveys with parents, kids and staff, and we’ve had some feedback. Moving into second semester at the beginning of February allowed us to make some changes and make it more functional for everybody,” Lavender said. “It seems that has made the difference for a lot of kids in terms of them being able to get their head wrapped around how things are working.”

There has been some resistance to the changes brought on by Blended Learning, but Lavender noted that senior students got their provincial results this week which point to the new style, at the very minimum, meeting provincial expectations.

“That’s good news for us and for our kids,” she said. “It shows that what we’ve done is certainly not hurting their education.”

In four out of the five exams, students in the Blended Learning program did better on than the district, public school and provincial averages. Between Grades 10, 11 and 12, students write five provincial exams.

She said it shows that at worst the program is maintaining the learning experience, but believes students are learning at a deeper level.

Starting in October, not long after the program had started, school districts from various locations around B.C. started taking interest. Rossland Secondary School has hosted numerous district representatives and staff have been invited to present as well.

“They are mostly coming from districts with fairly small high schools,” Lavender said. “They are dealing with lots of things.”

The districts are trying to answer questions around how to offer a variety of programs in the smaller school settings.

Already this year, districts from Merritt, Enderby, Lake Cowichan, Golden and recently Boundary, have come to get a feel of the unique program in Rossland. Next month, Sooke is scheduled to come.

On the other side of it, Rossland Secondary administrators have been invited to Pemberton’s school district, which Lavender said has a similar institution to RSS.

North Vancouver also invited them to come and talk.

“We also went out and spoke to all the principals and vice-principals that were on a retreat in Kamloops,” she said. “I’ve done telephone interviews with Tumbler Ridge, Valemont Secondary.”

She has also had inquiries from Hope and Clearwater to come visit later this year.

Lavender also noted that there has been a rush of some districts to get a look at the program prior to it being packaged up by the district.

“Sooke is coming in April, Grand Forks and Boundary came basically the day after they heard we were going to K-9, and I’ve had some other phone calls subsequent to the announcement of K-9, because they want to come and see what we’re doing before we’re not here anymore,” she said.

“There is still lots of interest regardless of the fact that it won’t be happening in Rossland next year.”

The feedback has also been positive, Lavender noted, with almost every group writing a letter to either the board or to herself, with positive things to say about the program.

“I’ve had a lot of follow-up feedback, with more questions,” she said, adding that for many school districts looking to move from their current model, Rossland’s program offers a chance to look at a concrete program, one  that is actually working.

For more information on the program, click here.

Just Posted

UPDATE: Accident closes Hwy 22 near Castlegar

Highway not expected to reopen until Sunday.

Forestry workers set to begin job action in Kootenays

Operations in Castlegar, Cranbrook, Galloway, Elko, Radium, Golden may see job action this week.

Tour company plans shuttle service to Kelowna for stranded travellers

SMT Kootenay wants to help travellers get in and out of ‘Cancelgar’ in winter months

Josie Hotel will be ready on opening day, says management

West Kootenay’s first ski-in, ski-out boutique hotel to open this month

Castlegar pastors find life in wheelchair a challenge

The men found the obstacles were both physical and mental.

Josie Hotel will be ready on opening day, says management

West Kootenay’s first ski-in, ski-out boutique hotel to open this month

Trump says report on Khashoggi death expected in a few days

Jamal Khashoggi was a columnist for The Washington Post who was slain Oct. 2 inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul

CUPW requests mediator as deadline for Canada Post offer expires without deal

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weighed in Saturday night with a last-minute plea to the two sides

Trudeau says he won’t negotiate in public on future of LGBTQ rights in USMCA

Legislators urged Trump not to sign the agreement unless the language was removed.

Price makes 36 saves as Habs edge Canucks 3-2

Late goal lifts Montreal past Vancouver

BC Minister of Agriculture loses stepson to accidental overdose

Lana Popham announces death of her 23-year-old stepson, Dan Sealey

Canadian military’s template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff says that the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing, particularly when it comes to cyber-warfare

‘Toxic’ chosen as the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Other top contenders for 2018 include ‘gaslighting’ and ‘techlash’

RCMP bust illegal B.C. cannabis lab

Marijuana may be legal but altering it using chemicals violates the Cannabis Act

Most Read