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Integrated Studies

This presentation explains the basics of the Integrated Studies Program.

Mike Ritzius

on 22 April 2010

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Transcript of Integrated Studies

The Integrated Studies Program
Cross Curricular
Horizontally and Vertically Integrated
Independent and Responsible
Asynchronous Delivery
Learning is not compartmentalized
Move beyond differentiation and into personalization
"Modern One Room Schoolhouse"
Students can progress unhindered by class
Creates opportunity to work closely with those who need it
Five teachers of different content areas
100 students with an open schedule
Hybrid of online and face to face teaching
Focus on classroom culture facilitated through technology
Project Foundry
Encourage students to seek resources rather than utilize teacher-prepared tools
Create projects that pique their interests AND meet state standards

Seek out information they need and want to learn

Use education and knowledge as a tool to achieve goals
Personal Responsibility
Promotes leadership and teamwork

Emphasizes time and frustration management with teacher support

Allows opportunity to decide how much time should be allotted for various tasks
Additional involvement allows students to have a vested interest in education and program design

Relationships lead to rapport with students and families

Students have close support network and a balance of teacher personalities and discipline styles
Use resources that best suit their learning styles
Contact Us:
Mike Ritzius - mritzius@gmail.com, Twitter: @mritzius
Nicolae Borota - borotamathematics@gmail.com, Twitter: @nborota
Sarah Daly - SarahDaly.05@gmail.com
Peter Hooke - hooke.peter@gmail.com
Frank Williams - frankwilliams@gmail.com, Twitter: @Frank2000
Rob Shappell - rshappell@ccts.net, 856-767-7000 x5280
For Further Information , please visit:

Other Perspectives
Student Engagement:
Students will gain real world knowledge through project proposals.
Assessment is not only rigorous but authentic and relevant
Faculty models expert learning
Professional Learning Community
New level of support from peers
Greater ownership in success of students
Fosters much deeper collaboration among faculty than a traditional setting
Student Ownership:
Student Advisory Board
Student Judiciary Committee
Advantages / Intangibles
Asynchronous delivery of content = 24 hour school
Teachers available to collaborate with colleagues / students outside of ISP
Teachers / student relationships are much stronger through use of advisory period
Expectations of students are consistent amongst all teachers
Majority of scheduling handled by advisors
Schedule is fluid and changes regularly to meet the needs of students
Other Advantages
Private communication
Access activity / log-in information
Better accessibility to teachers
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