Speaker 1: OTAN, Outreach and Technical Assistance Network.
Archana Nekkar: Good morning, everyone. We are the DLAC team from Campbell adult and Community Education. We're part of the Campbell high school district. And these are my team members. Where are you? Next slide, Jill.
Jill Moreci: Oh, it's stuck again like yesterday. OK. There it goes. Jill Moreci has an ESL teacher, Lars Guntvedt, ESL HISET and Flex. Guntvedt also teaches Flex, Archana that's me, and I teach a HISET class. Our school serves best San Jose, Campbell, and the surrounding areas. And we offer classes in multiple locations in areas of community education, career education, Abe, ASC and five levels of ESL. Over to Lars.
Lars Guntvedt: Will the-- next slide, please. Yeah, we started off, back again please, Jill.
Jill Moreci: It's what it did for the other day, it's jumping on its own. We have to start over. No, it's like on its own thing here for some reason. Oh no. Lars you have my arttention.
Lars Guntvedt: We started off with our mission. Of course, I can't read my mission right now, but I can tell you that our population in our school runs basically. Let's see, if I think about our population who are about 50% Hispanic and 20% to 25% Asian descent. So we have quite a varied group of students that we're dealing with. Interestingly in that population we have about 65% of our students are ESL students, and about 20% of our students are our high school diploma students, here we go. Pre pandemic we were looking at a population of around 1800 students enrolled in all of our various programs that Archana listed.
Now during the pandemic we've noticed and we checked with the administration, we're looking at about 45% drop in population and enrollment. That's substantial. For us that's very, very substantial. And of course, that really hurts in moving forward what are we going to do next year to recuperate that population. What we're looking for next year, you see our school year outlook 2021 - 2022. We are more than likely going to move towards a hybrid model where we will have two days in class of instruction and two days via Zoom instruction.
So it's what's going to be a big shift for all of our teachers. This is going to be something school-wide that will be implemented this on this onset of blended learning. But it's not just going to be one or two classes, it's probably going to be throughout the entire program. We are also envisioning a virtual classroom environment thing we found that it was a very positively received, 100% online classes. So that's one of the other options that we're looking at is offering fully online classes next semester as well either through our Flex distance learning program where students are meeting up with the teacher one day a week or through a Zoom environment like we currently are doing.
On to the next slide before it jumps.
Jill Moreci: Yes so we found that online class like everyone else is a safe place to learn and grow. It was quite an adventure in the spring as we switched quickly into the online platform. It was daunting, it was scary. And then Oh boy, it turned out this is not going to disappear. So we needed to make plans for the fall. And we had a great team in place, just really well organized, all hands on deck created an online boot camp program to get the students ready with technology and just any barriers that were there. We overcame the barriers so that we could begin the school year on solid ground.
But then it became clear that we needed to grow deeper. There's so much information out there. How do we choose what programs, what apps are best? We needed to deepen our roots. So as the pandemic set in, it became clear to online teaching was here to stay. And we realized that we needed to just expand and grow deeper. So that was our challenge. And hallelujah, we had a wonderful solution. The DELAC Academy was ready to begin their third cohort, and we wanted to take advantage of that opportunity like you all, and we applied. And we knew this would be a great solution to helping our agency make a plan, grow deeper, and get some professional development.
So we had wonderful support starting with DELAC and as I mentioned all the professional development and conferences, networking, everything we did as a large group, and working together with our own team on the online course with destiny, with the middle class that we did. What really helped us wrap our minds around everything that is involved in creating . A functioning online program and OTAN challenged us to put a lot of things into practice. And also the other conferences and webinars that we did we received a lot of help through OTAN as we were looking at Canvas help and they boom right there are coach Francisca made the connections. And then we had our own Melinda come in and Diana and, folks helping us out with moving forward with some of the technology that we were scared about. OK.
And then the other thing was our special coaching with Francisca and the other teams that were part of Francisca's group. We just learned so much from each other. A lot of encouragement, just being vulnerable sharing our weaknesses, and just the encouragement as I said just really was invaluable. So we really benefited from these areas of DELAC. Thank you everyone.
Archana Nekkar: Like Jill said, we've benefited a lot from OTAN and DELAC. Our coach Franca has been a great resource. She brings with her years of experience in adult education. She has helped us reach out to other agencies as we were narrowing down our site plan. Our fellow DELACAS have also been super helpful, patient, supportive, answering all of our questions. We had a meeting with Susan Drash the day after Thanksgiving, and Christina hired over winter break Dr. Portus Gallup's trend assessment helped us to understand our team's strengths. My teammate Lars is great with writing, and Jill came up with this beautiful slide presentation we've been focusing on M encouraging our strengths and moving forward as a team in setting goals and piloting our site plan. Discussions during our weekly meeting with Francisca, Santa Clara team, and Pittsburgh team have been rewarding.
We have shared learning practices resources and understanding issues which otherwise we would not even have thought about. And this has helped us look into the future. This past few months we have all grown as individuals and as a team, setting a culture for change and learning while maturely handling conflicts and respecting individual ideas. Over to you Lars.
Lars Guntvedt: Maturely handling conflict, OK. Well.
Archana Nekkar: Yes.
Lars Guntvedt: One of the things that we get from the ideal 101 course is the panorama of existing programs out there and the possibilities. I mean when we first started our class with destiny, I kind of felt like these fingers running into these grooves. I felt like I was getting my fingers caught in everything that was running. So I didn't really know what was available, what was out there. And the ideal 101 course gave you that vision of all of what is existing and all of what are the different avenues that are out there. Plus all of the considerations, some of the considerations, such as screening for distance learning and expanded orientation for distance learning was something that I never really thought about initially. And the class opened up all of these ideas that we had to consider.
Some of the things with Doctor Dr. Porter I felt like gave me the ability to hand off things because I always wanted to be that person that was involved in everything that was moving. But a lot of things I didn't really want to do . And Dr. Porter gave me the ability to simply say, hey, I don't want to do this I'm. It's not my strength, and I could give it off to somebody else. And other people could do those things and that was OK. It wasn't me just sloughing it off, it was actually me playing to strengths. So I thought in my mind. Continue to the next slide, please.
Jill Moreci: All right. So ultimately we were able to come up with our plan, our vision. So just in a nutshell I won't go down to each one because we are going to focus on them in the next few slides. But our main goal was to participate in the Leadership Academy. So that we can research, and plan, and develop our tech plan. We were very comfortable in Google Classroom but our district offer us Canvas. So this is a great opportunity to explore the benefits of Canvas and see if we like Canvas. So we thought this would be a great project to do.
Down the road we hope to be the team that assists and trains our faculty and staff as we transition into Canvas and take out some other projects. So our first project as I mentioned, is at mid-term report here is we are ready to move into Canvas. Many of you are doing Canvas, but as I mentioned earlier, it was like a daunting thing for us at first. So we really got a lot of support through DELAC. So we're ready now, we're ready to pilot Canvas. We've divided up our pilot into our three strengths. Archana is handling the HISET area since she teaches adult Ed. Lars teaches intermediate, low ESL, so he has developed a Canvas model for that. And I teach advanced ESL. So that's where we placed our focus.
And we are starting next week for our pilots to do our pilots our charter. Archana.
Archana Nekkar: So yes. We are piloting Canvas next week in my HISET class. In my HISET class we primarily use Aztec as the test prep material. And we have had a great success with it. We took some time to figure out how to integrate Aztec into but finally, we decided that I had to link Aztec to Canvas as Aztec in itself is an LMS. So on the next slide, you will see my Canvas home page, which is pretty simple and easy for students to follow.
So I've kept just three or four tabs and links for the Zoom and all the resources that we use. Basically keeping it super simple. The idea is we want students to be familiar with Canvas as it will help that it will be easy and help them for transition to community college. The focus here is for our students to be successful beyond adult school, and we hope that familiarizing them with Canvas will get them ready for future. I have a synchronous math lesson every day as part of our daily classroom routine, and I will be adding math worksheets and supplemental materials through the course of the school year and for all the other subjects we'll be primarily doing Aztec as the prep material.
This Canvas course can be used either in person, hybrid, or for remote learning. That was the idea when we developed this particular Canvas course. Over to your Lars.
Lars Guntvedt: Now what I'm looking at in my class is we can move on to the next slide. What I'm looking at my next slide in my Canvas program is trying to integrate as much as possible and there I am hanging from the Campbell water tower. I'm trying to integrate ventures as much as possible into Canvas. So I'm going through page by page with the ventures book, ventures three book and trying to get it as interactive as possible within Canvas so that we can either use it as in class resource using the students book at the time or use it off Zoom wise. And then I can still interact with students with those same pages using the Canvas LMS.
So if we take a look at the next page, you'll see that what I've done is I've created a teacher made slide. Remember from the TBLS program I was talking about teacher made. Well, this is a teacher made slide that has an actual screenshot from the textbook with the fill in the blank that students can fill in while they're in a Zoom class and I can actually monitor live as they are filling it in. At the bottom of the page you can't see this here on the screenshot, but on the bottom of the page there's also a button for the audio. So students can actually check their work with the audio recording of the entire dialog. So it's that kind of integration that I'm trying to create so that students can either use the material via Zoom or we can use the book in class, physically in class. So it's a seamless use of the material.
Jill Moreci: Then for the advanced class, my focus is on the future five advanced ESL curriculum. And like Lars it's a lot of building. There is no show available at this time that I know of. So it's just creating it the best to my ability. And I also focused on my home page for Canvas I thought I would create buttons and just link just the basics of what I want my students to use. And so I created my banner and the buttons. And I'm not live on this, but each button like the Zoom link, the email. I have a book club where I have a library of books that the students can select a book. It takes them directly to that application, discussion, homework.
I'm going backwards here and then today's lesson a vocabulary. That would be my focus for my group, but other teachers may want to select their own buttons, their own focus for their Canvas classroom. So that's what we're working on is just sort of developing and seeing how it goes. So the second project that I know we're really tight on time. Second project that we're looking at is making a Canvas module, something called case connect. The idea here is we're taking a very successful orientation boot camp program that we've been doing right now via Google Slides, via Zoom.
Jill Moreci: You have minute left.
Lars Guntvedt: OK. And putting it online into Canvas so that we can be teaching Canvas as well as other tech orientation. Keep going?
Archana Nekkar: OK. Our third project is the Teacher Resource Center, which we plan to deploy in the spring 2022. The c Center will be a tool box just like in the picture with everything the teachers and staff need from information about the school, the contact information, the courses offered. c We're also thinking about dual enrollment so information about dual enrollment and all of the support services be offered for our students. Next slide, Jill And so this is it. In a nutshell up to the midterm we started with DELAC training. We moved on to ideal, growing our roots deep into the course and experiencing TDLS. Coach meetings and Canvas pilot May midterm. Thank you.