Canyons is powering up its personalized-learning options with the pending launch of Canyons Online, a technology-driven educational initiative recently approved by the Canyons Board of Education.
Starting in fall 2021, Canyons Online will be the CSD program through which high-quality online classes will be provided to third- through 12th-grade students. Licensed teachers with advanced training in the best digital teaching and learning practices will lead classes in core subjects.
“Canyons Online will really offer us the opportunity to act on Canyons District’s principle of innovation,” said Canyons Superintendent Dr. Rick Robins. “Families will have more choice and flexibility in customizing what is best for their students.”
The application window for fall classes is now open. The application process will remain open until enrollment reaches capacity, at which time applicants will be placed on a wait list.
Notification about placement in Canyons Online will begin on May 7.
Lessons learned during the era of COVID-19 about the delivery of online instruction informed the development of Canyons Online, which will replace the Canyons Virtual High School. “We are moving away from a COVID-19 response and moving toward a service model,” Robins said. “This is thinking much differently about how we provide flexible, online learning for students.”
Via Canyons Online, elementary- and middle school-age students will be able to move through grade-level learning at their own pace and on their own time. High school students enrolled in Canyons Online can take the online classes for credit, both original and recovery, toward high school graduation. They also can learn at their own pace and place, says Michelle Shimmin, Canyons Online Administrator.
The limited-space program is for the self-driven and organized learner who, for health, family or personal reasons, seeks an educational experience away from the traditional brick-and-mortar classroom. The students’ educational activities will demonstrate and test their competency.
“This is really at the heart of what personalized learning can be. I think that, coming out of the pandemic, one of the things we have learned is that in-person instruction for the vast majority of our students is a priority,” Robins said. “However, with that, we have also learned that there are many students who thrive in an online environment. For us to be more responsive to their needs, there is a space and place for a blended model.”
Shimmin recently appeared on ABC4’s “Good Morning, Utah to discuss how the program allows students to make and maintain connections with their neighborhood schools.
Canyons Online elementary-age students will be able to participate in before- and after-school music programs, science fair, and debate. Middle schoolers enrolled in Canyons Online can take electives at the local school, plus compete in science fairs and debate. Canyons Online high schools will be allowed to dual enroll so they can have full access to high school programs.
For additional information, visit the Canyons Online Learning website.
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