Idaho School District Wins 2016 Fuel Education™ Transformation Award
Bonneville Joint School District recognized for innovative use of online learning to address students’ individual needs
Herndon, Virginia, May 13, 2016 – Not all students excel in a traditional brick-and-mortar school. Whether a student is home or hospital-bound because of a chronic illness, has behavioral or learning challenges, or has other unique needs, they still need access to high-quality education. The Bonneville Online School, in Idaho’s Bonneville Joint School District, uses the power of online learning to address the needs of its students outside of the traditional education environment.
Personalized learning solutions provider Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™) has named Bonneville Online School (BOS) its 2016 Transformation Award winner. Schools and districts using FuelEd solutions were encouraged to submit success stories to demonstrate how they have used innovative online or blended learning programs to transform education for their students. Bonneville was selected from dozens of entries for providing K–8 students with a flexible school structure that enables them to have a successful academic experience from home.
“We are very pleased to honor Bonneville Online School as an outstanding example of how school districts can use online and blended learning to help students overcome education barriers,” said Gregg Levin, General Manager of Fuel Education. “Fuel Educations primary goal is to help our school and district partners to personalize learning for each student—regardless of their personal circumstance—so they can achieve their academic goals.”
When 9-year-old Gabe enrolled at BOS in fall 2015, he had been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, and had been exhibiting behavioral issues with his principal and teacher at his previous brick-and-mortar school. Gabe started working on his FuelEd courses at grade level, but his learning coach—his mother—immediately realized his skill levels were well below grade level. With the support of his teacher, a modifiable curriculum, and his learning coach, Gabe is now a dramatically different student. He is confident and enthusiastic about school and puts in the extra effort needed to stay on track, even working on some Saturday mornings and school vacation days. Gabe has pride in his accomplishments and sees himself as an online, at-home learner until he graduates.
Gabe is just one of the more than 100 students enrolled in BOS. BOS was founded in 2010 at the request of a group of local parents who wanted an in-district online school that offered a curriculum approved by the superintendent. Students have the flexibility to complete FuelEd courses at their own pace with guidance from a learning coach and one of BOS’ three teachers. BOS takes an innovative approach to the mastery of content. If students score between 70-79 percent on an end-of-lesson test, students review missed questions with their learning coach to prove they know the material instead of retaking the test. For instructional support, teachers and students connect via phone, email, text, Class Connects and Google Hangouts for one-to-one or group instruction. Every Thursday, students can attend an optional face-to-face session with their teachers and peers.
BOS measures student success based on their participation in Thursday sessions, the level of direct communication with teachers, and growth and proficiency assessments. Nearly 60 percent of students attend the optional Thursday sessions. Students and their learning coaches are in almost constant communication with teachers.
The 2016 FuelEd Transformation Award submissions represented districts with diverse demographic, economic, and geographic backgrounds and identified specific challenges such as increasing graduation rates, providing flexible scheduling, and differentiating instruction for at-risk students. Despite their different backgrounds and goals, each district was able to use FuelEd’s digital curriculum to effectively address these challenges.
To read more about BOS and their program, as well as past FuelEd Transformation Award winners, visit www.getfueled.com/resources-results/transformation-awards.
About Fuel Education
Fuel Education™ partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through 12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education offers the industry’s largest catalog of K–12 digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. FuelEd has helped 2,000 school districts to improve student outcomes and better serve diverse student populations. To learn more, visit getfueled.com and Twitter.
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KidWind Hosts National KidWind Challenge in New Orleans
Student teams compete for the national title with their hand-crafted wind turbines at the AWEA WINDPOWER 2016 Conference & Exhibition
(New Orleans, LA) May 13, 2016 – To celebrate students’ interest in harnessing the power of wind energy, KidWind, the international leader of wind energy education, is hosting its annual National KidWind Challenge, where high school and middle school teams from around the country who have competed regionally and online come together to compete for top honors. The event will take place at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)WINDPOWER 2016 Conference & Exhibition, the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind power trade show, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the Ernest N. MorialConvention Center in New Orleans. The student teams will showcase and test their hand-crafted wind turbines in front of wind energy industry experts.
“We expect this year’s competitors in New Orleans to raise the bar again because the students just keep getting more innovative and creative,” said Michael Arquin, Founder of KidWind. “The KidWind Challenge nurtures critical thinking, creativity and problem solving skills through hands-on exploration of clean energy.”
This year’s National KidWind Challenge was made possible through the leadership and generous contributions from GE Renewable Energy and AWEA. Regional KidWind Challenges and other local supporting events were sponsored by Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Dominion, the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, Siemens and Vernier Software & Technology.
KidWind experienced a record number of teams competing in the regional and online challenges in 2015 and expects an even bigger turn-out at the National Challenge. The student teams will test the design and energy output of their wind turbines in the KidWind Wind Tunnel and present their design and building process to a panel of wind energy industry experts. The teams from both the middle school and high school divisions with the highest energy output, the most innovative design, and the greatest demonstrated knowledge about wind power will be named the 2016 National KidWind Challenge Champions.
The National KidWind Challenge Champions will receive a grand prize of $1,500 in cash and lab equipment from Vernier Software & Technology for their school. Judges will also be awarding cash and prizes to teams for Best Design, Best Teamwork and Creativity in Solving Instant Challenges.
For more information about the KidWind Challenge, visit: kidwindchallenge.org.
AWEA is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry, with over 800 member companies, including global leaders in wind power and energy development, wind turbine manufacturing, component and service suppliers, and the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind power trade show, the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, which takes place next in New Orleans, May 23-26, 2016. AWEA is the voice of wind energy in the U.S., promoting renewable energy to power a cleaner, stronger America. Look up information on wind energy at the AWEA website. Find insight on industry issues at AWEA’s blog Into the Wind. Join AWEA on Facebook. Follow AWEA on Twitter.
About the KidWind Challenge
The KidWind Challenge is the ultimate wind energy learning experience. Students discover the promise and limitations of wind energy technology while designing, building, and testing a functional wind turbine and competing with their peers in a supportive environment. The KidWind Challenge was developed in 2009 by the KidWind Project, an international leader in wind energy education, and has been embraced and supported by leading energy industry companies since its start. For information on how to get involved, go to kidwindchallenge.org.