As we transition toward an educational system based on personalized learning and competency, policies and procedures will need to change at multiple levels. This will require the state to further examine all aspects of digital learning and how it impacts education in Wisconsin. We must reexamine our relationship and role with local, state, and national businesses and industries to ensure a collaborative effort is strongly in place and is one that benefits both the classroom and workplace. We must and will continue to communicate a clear vision of why and how digital learning is desirable to all stakeholders including community members, parents, educators, school board members, the business community, legislators, and students. Indeed, we suspect students may be our best advocates for personalized digital learning.
In order to address the increasing need for policies and procedures relating to access, privacy, intellectual property and issues such as cyberbullying, the professionals with expertise in schools must have adequate time available to assist in the development and implementation of these resources.
Wisconsin has anticipated the need for policy change as shown in our virtual charter schools legislation which addresses minimum online teacher professional development requirements, teacher-student ratio, teacher licensing, and the establishment of a statewide web academy. To assist in building Wisconsin’s foundation of policy and procedures, we will draw from existing and model Wisconsin school district policies and related practices and national models for sustaining virtual online schools. Further, we will focus on continuous examination and review of issues that are not yet addressed in our existing policies. Review of such issues may include teacher licensing and professional development, student seat time, course and graduation requirements, reciprocity with other states, the calendar year, funding formulas, competency-based learning, and utilization of free or low-cost online learning resources. Nonetheless, examination and review will be an ongoing process.