Office of Digital Learning Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 75 Pleasant Street Malden, MA 02148-5023 [email protected] www.doe.mass.edu/odl @MASchoolsK12 Digital Learning Advisory Council Meeting Minutes Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Time: 10:00 AM – Noon Location: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Room 137A 75 Pleasant Street Malden, MA 02148-5023 Attendees: Amy Gracia, Amy Michalowski, Annamaria Schrimpf, Barbara Treacy, Julia Freeland, Evelyn Thoren, Jessica Artiles, Michael Horn, Peter Sanchioni, Sarah Kyriazis, Ken Klau, AJ Kupps, Jennifer Gwatkin, Bobby O’Brien, Adam Goldberg, Mona Anchan, Ruth Herch, J. Considine, Chip Canty, Serlin Haley, Maheen Sahoo, Jim Flanagan Agenda: 1) Review and approval of September 16, 2015 minutes a) Motion was made, seconded and passed to approve the minutes. 2) Updates from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education a) New Online Assessment approach approved by Board. ODL has been working with MassIT to procure a set of tools to determine baseline for infrastructure readiness across the Commonwealth. Will be contracting with Metiri Group to use their TRAx tool to assess digital readiness, which will be piloted with the 14 districts involved with the infrastructure grant. Will also be partnering with other units within DESE and outside to ensure educators have the guidance for online assessment and digital learning. b) AJ reached out to MassCUE and METAA to talk about specifications for LTI (Learning Technology Initiative) purchases. LTI is a bundled solution from vendors (including devices, PD and services) for a fixed seat price with a lease option. c) ODL is meeting with DESE leadership to discuss funding remaining additional Round 1 districts with remaining infrastructure funds, including 20 more districts who were semi-finalists. 3) Executive Order 562 to reduce unnecessary regulations a) Between now and our next meeting, DLAC is asked to review the regulations for CMVS and reporting regulations, to consider whether there are opportunities to lesson the burden of complying with the regulations. Feedback can be submitted individually. Link to the CMVS 2014 Regulations is on the ODL website. 4) CMVS Updates a) TECCA proposed update to per pupil tuition i) Adam Goldberg, TECCA principal, is seeking the advice and suggestions for Office of Digital Learning Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 75 Pleasant Street Malden, MA 02148-5023 [email protected] www.doe.mass.edu/odl @MASchoolsK12 next steps in process of updating TECCA per pupil tuition. Adam presented an overview to the students the school is serving and financial information about TECCA per pupil expenditures. This will be continued as an Agenda item at upcoming DLAC meetings. b) Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield: Site Visit and Course Review i) The recent full day review visit at the Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield will generate a renewal inspection report. There is a December meeting with the Commissioner about the renewal report and assessment results. The school will have an opportunity to respond to the report by early January, along with submission of its annual report. A big part of the review is a focus on the school’s progress towards its own determined goals. The certificate renewal will on the Agenda for the February state board meeting. 5) Committee Reports a) Digital/Blended Learning - Tech Plan i) The subcommittee met to discuss the development of a district Tech planning tool and the possibility of organizing a day-long Design Workshop, which could include a range of DLAC members and other stakeholders, to develop prototypes for redesigning the tech planning tool. b) District Technology Budgets i) The subcommittee discussed the need to update the district Chart of Accounts to more accurately track technology budgets. This work could be connected to the updated tech planning process. c) UDL/Accessibility i) The subcommittee identified three goals: (1) Identify a set of recommendations for UDL /Accessibility best practices re: digital content (2) Review the recommendations in light of virtual school policy (3) Review 2012 UDL/Accessibility recommendations report and propose updates 6) Next meeting: Wednesday Jan 6, 10 - 12 @ DESE 7) Adjourn - Motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved.