Virtual Learning Broadens Opportunities in a Military-Connected California Community

Virtual Learning Broadens Opportunities in a Military-Connected California Community

Silver Valley Unified School District, California
Jeff Youskievicz, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
TK-12
2,200 students
Courseware
Study Island
EdOptions Academy
Exact Path
55.9% economically disadvantaged
75% military connected
18% special education
The Challenge: 

 

Covering more than 3,200 square miles of the Mojave Desert of Southern California, Silver Valley Unified School District (Silver Valley USD) serves a population of approximately 2,200 students in grades TK-12 who reside in the high desert communities. About 75 percent of the district's students are military families connected to Fort Irwin and the Marine Corps Logistics Base.

In March of 2020, due to mandatory school shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders at Silver Valley USD sought a new online learning provider. At that time, the district used an online courseware solution for its independent study program, but it didn’t support all grades TK-12. Jeff Youskievicz, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, and his colleagues selected Edmentum’s digital programs—EdOptions Academy, Exact Path, Courseware, and Calvert Learning to address their needs.

Aiming to build a virtual learning program amidst a pandemic, leaders at Silver Valley Unified School District implemented a variety of Edmentum programs—EdOptions Academy, Exact Path, Courseware, and Calvert Learning. Through this implementation, Silver Valley USD not only provides a high-quality virtual learning experience to students who need it but also offers an expanded course catalog to support military-connected students and provide more options and flexibility to all district students and families.
How They Did it: 

Silver Valley USD's virtual learning program is built around Edmentum's EdOptions Academy which pairs Edmentum’s digital curricula, Calvert Learning and Courseware, with state-certified teachers. Leadership at Silver Valley USD developed an innovative academic model that accommodates students' needs for flexible learning methods. Approximately 20 students in the district opted to enroll in fully virtual classes taught by EdOptions Academy teachers and the remaining students received in-person instruction led by Silver Valley teachers utilizing Edmentum’s digital curricula, and in some cases, students participated in a program that was a blend of the two options.

Through the Courseware implementation, Silver Valley USD students have access to hundreds of courses, which has helped the district address another challenge, one that many rural districts face – limited course offerings. The addition of more courses means that military-connected students have the opportunity to complete the same courses they had started while attending their previous schools, allowing them to continue on their original course of study. But the benefits of an expanded course catalog aren’t limited to military-connected students, many other students in Silver Valley USD have more course options now as well.

“We’re a small high school. Our offerings for electives and other courses are limited,” Mr. Youskievicz explained. “Using Courseware and EdOptions Academy for, let’s say, a student coming from a post in Germany, who was taking German, could now finish their class. Just being able to offer more options and not just world language courses, but AP courses, CTE courses gave students added flexibility. We had a number of kids towards the end of the year ask, ‘Hey, can I take another course? Can I take an extra period at the end of the day?’"

We’re a small high school. Our offerings for electives and other courses are limited. Using Courseware and EdOptions Academy for, let’s say, a student coming from a post in Germany, who was taking German, could now finish their class. Just being able to offer more options and not just world language courses, but AP courses, CTE courses gave students added flexibility.
Jeff Youskievicz
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
Success: 

The success of the Edmentum implementation at Silver Valley USD is demonstrated by the benefits that the district has realized through its online learning expansion. Students and their families are giving positive feedback.

“Despite the growing pains at the beginning, we've had nothing but amazing reports from our families saying, 'Thank you; this was a great experience; we appreciate it, the curriculum was great,'" Mr. Youskievicz explained. "So, it was just overall, a very good experience and having a partner like Edmentum there to help support us, just made it better and a lot easier.”

Edmentum provided the rigor and the support that we needed, and it's worked great for us. The support we've had from Edmentum has been amazing. They have a great team and they're very responsive and willing to help do whatever it takes to work with, not only us but also our families.
Jeff Youskievicz
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
The Future: 

Silver Valley USD leaders have already expanded their use of Edmentum programs to enhance their extended school year and summer school sessions. Students have the option to attend classes in person using Courseware as the curriculum or go fully virtual using EdOptions Academy.

For the 2021-22 school year, educational leaders at Silver Valley USD will add Study Island, Edmentum’s standards-based formative assessment and practice program, to their implementation to assess and track proficiency on the standards while allowing students to practice and improve their skills. Exact Path, Edmentum’s K-12 personalized learning and intervention program, will be utilized in grades K-12 to help fill skill gaps.

“Edmentum provided the rigor and the support that we needed, and it's worked great for us,” Mr. Youskievicz said. “The support we've had from Edmentum has been amazing. They have a great team and they're very responsive and willing to help do whatever it takes to work with, not only us but also our families.”

For more infomation:

Contact 800.447.5286 or visit www.edmentum.com to learn more about Edmentum's online learning solutions.